Alfred Deakin speaks on the Immigration Restriction Amendment Bill

[Extracts from a speech by Alfred Deakin regarding the Immigration Restriction Amendment Bill, in the House of Representatives, 10 November 1905.] The Immigration Restriction Act, No. 17 of 1901, covers two entirely distinct classes of immigrants. The first comprises those who are sought to be excluded because of differences of type and tendency, which render […]

Alfred Deakin speaks in support of the Immigration Restriction Bill

[A speech by Alfred Deakin in support of the Immigration Restriction Bill (the main basis of the White Australia Policy), in the House of Representatives, 12 September 1901.] IMMIGRATION RESTRICTION BILL Second Reading House Hansard Thursday, 12 September 1901 Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat, Attorney-General) – The honorable member who has just concluded has, in his last […]

Alfred Deakin, Australian Prime Minister, builder of the White Australia policy

Alfred Deakin (1856-1919) was Australia’s second Prime Minister. He was a loyal defender of his people, and helped to build the White Australia policy. Deakin studied law at the University of Melbourne before entering politics. However, he was not just a lawyer and politician, but was also an author, journalist, playwright, poet, and teacher. He […]

Edmund Barton, Australian Prime Minister, champion of a White Australia

Sir Edmund Barton (1849-1920) was Australia’s first Prime Minister. He was a committed campaigner for the federation of the Australian colonies, so that they would be united together as one nation, and was a staunch advocate of a White Australia policy. Barton was a prize-winning scholar, with a love of classical Greek and Latin. He […]