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The Commonweath

- Identity Forged by War -

- Interwar Years -

- World War II -

- The Menzies Era -

- Times of Change -

- The Howard Government -

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Central to the history of Australia in the 20th century was the development of both a national government and a national culture. Commonwealth governments, led by architects of federation such as Alfred Deakin, quickly established a protective tariff to foster domestic development, introduced a system of arbitration for setting minimum wages in industry, and preserved the white immigration policy. Nevertheless, the old colonial political rivalries and factional alliances gave way only gradually.

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