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Title: Conscription in Australia

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Subject: History
Author: Michelle S
Date: March 6, 2014
Level: University
Grade: A
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Hughes wanted conscription because he theorised that if Australia helped to fight Germany, this would stop them possibly invading Australia, which Billy was scared of. So the most logical cause of action for him, was conscription. Two referendums were held, both voting no. The first referendum was held on 28th October 1916, and narrowly rejected conscription, with 49% for conscription and 51% against...

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The referendum in question asked: Are you in favour of the Government having, in this grave emergency, the same compulsory powers over citizens in regard to requiring their military service, for the term of this War, outside the Commonwealth, as it now has in regard to military service within the Commonwealth? On 20th December 1917, a second referendum was held, asking the question "Are you in favour of the proposal of the Commonwealth Government for reinforcing the Commonwealth Forces overseas?” This was defeated by an even greater margin...

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