How has Australian politics changed since federation in 1901?

Thanks for your question. Australian politics has changed in many ways since 1901.

Before 1901, Australia was not a nation. At that time, the continent consisted of 6 British colonies—New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia—which were partly self-governing but subject to the law-making power of the British Parliament. Through the process of Federation, these colonies united and became states of Australia, known as the Commonwealth of Australia.

Your question is going to require you to do some research and come to your own conclusions—however you're in luck, as the PEO has a comprehensive timeline showcasing the highlights of the history of Australian Parliament.

A sepia-toned formal portrait of a group of men in formal attire.

Members of the Australasian Federation Convention, 1890.

National Library of Australia, AN14292110

Members of the Australasian Federation Convention, 1890.

A sepia-toned formal portrait of a group of men in formal attire.

National Library of Australia, AN14292110

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A sepia toned photograph of a group of men in formal attire in front of a portico of a building. Six men (including Edmund Barton, fourth from left in the top hat) are seated on chairs. Eight men stand behind. Henry Parkes is fourth from left and Alfred Deakin is sixth from left.