Australian Citizenship: Australia's History

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Australian Citizenship Fatima Ali, 19 March, 2012 Allison Holland’s reading discusses Australia’s history mainly from federation onwards, and the events that shaped the definition of Australian citizenship. Holland argues that citizenship has been ill-defined and in the past used to exclude others, namely Indigenous Australian’s, women and non Anglo-Celtic people. Although they were regarded as British subjects, Aboriginals did not obtain Australian citizenship after federation in 1901. They could not obtain any benefits from the government, had no voting rights and were not counted in the national census, thus excluding them as part of the population. It wasn’t unlit 1948 that Aboriginals were awarded citizenship, however did not gain
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