Australian Politics

Main

Britain settles Australia

1788

Only men who owned land could vote

1842

Australian colonies act

1850

Victorian gold rush

1851

Eureka Stockade

1854

lead by Peter Laylor

Male Suffrage

1856

Secret ballots introduced

1857

Women's suffrage league created in South Australia

1888

Federation talks commence

1896 - 1900

Federation declared

1901

Commonwealth franchise act

1902

Voting compulsory

1924

Aboriginal suffrage

1962

Aboriginal census

1967

Voting age lowered from 21 to 18

1973

Aboriginal vote compulsory

1984