Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

WITH re­gard to Joan Penn's de­sire to have Jan­uary 1 as the day we cel­e­brate our na­tion­hood, sorry, we didn't be­come a na­tion un­til March 3, 1986. That was when the eight Aus­tralia Acts came into ef­fect si­mul­ta­ne­ously at 5am on that date.

They were the of­fi­cial, le­gal dec­la­ra­tions by the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment, the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment and the state gov­ern­ments that from that mo­ment on, Aus­tralia was a sov­er­eign, in­de­pen­dent and fed­eral na­tion.

Up un­til then, we were merely a self­gov­ern­ing part of the Bri­tish na­tion with the sta­tus of a do­min­ion. There­fore, we were Bri­tish na­tion­als within a Bri­tish do­min­ion. IAN WEBB, Vic­to­ria Park.

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