NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
29th March, 1901 : There was great excitement in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania today as electors went to the polls in a steady stream from 8.00 a.m. to elect their representatives in the first Federal Parliament. Electors in Queensland and South Australia will undertake the same important duty tomorrow.
Yesterday, on the last day of campaigning, there was considerable activity by both forces, the Liberal Protectionists and the Free Traders, as they put forth their best efforts to catch the ear of the electors.
[ Voters’ excitement did not last long. In order to appear at least a bit legitimate, the politicians had to make voting compulsory. / Compulsory enrolment for federal elections was introduced in 1912 / Compulsory voting for state elections was introduced in Queensland in 1915 / Compulsory voting at federal elections was introduced in 1924. ]