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Is Australia under British rule

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11y ago

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Australia is no longer a British colony, but it was originally established as one, when it was the colony of New South Wales. Australia was never a single British colony, but rather six separate colonies. These colonies became states which federated in 1901, coming together as the Commonwealth of Australia.

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By your own statement, Australia was never a British colony. There were separate British colonies created at different times.
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15y ago

This question makes no sense because Australia is NOT part of the British Empire and has not been since 1901!

The term British Empire is very outdated and is no longer used. Territories still under British administration are few in number and in all cases too small to manage as independent states, although any of them could have independence if they wanted it. The only British territory in the Pacific is Pitcairn Islands, whose population is about 54.

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8y ago

Australia had been claimed for England in 1770, when James Cook arrived in Australia for the first time and claimed New South Wales (as he then called it) as a part of Britain. However, Australia moved gradually towards full independence, until it achieved Federation in 1901. From this time, it was no longer part of England. There are arguments which say that parts of the English or Australian constitution did not allow for full independence until the 1960s, but these are purely semantics. Australia has been fully independent of England's rule since 1 January 1901.

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Though is a member of the Commonwealth, and still notionally part of the UK's royal realm.

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11y ago

Australia is no longer under british rule but we do share the same queen.

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British rule of Australia ceased at federation on 1st of January, 1901.

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Australia became completely independent of Great Britain on 3 March 1986, when the Australia Acts came into effect. This completed a process which began with Federation in 1901.

The Australia Acts declared that Australia had the status of a Sovereign, Independent and Federal Nation. The nation still retains Elizabeth II as head of state, but her position as Australia's head of state is a completely separate position from her position as the head of state of any other country, including the UK. The Australia Act removed the ability of the British Government to make laws for Australia and removed the last legal link with the UK by abolishing the right of appeal to the judicial committee of the Privy Council.

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The Australia Act of 1986 eliminated the remaining possibilities for the UK to legislate with effect in Australia, for the UK to be involved in Australian government, & for an appeal from any Australian court to a British court.

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12y ago

Australia became part of the British Empire when it was established as a convict colony, commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip, on 26 January 1778. Much groundwork was done prior to this date.

In 1770 James Cook claimed the whole of the easternseaboard of the continent, naming it New South Wales. The Western half of the continent was still named New Holland (the original designation by the Dutch), remaining unclaimed by the British until 1826, when Edmund Lockyer made an official claim on Britain's behalf.

Britain was an Imperial power dating back well into the Nineteenth century. Britain based one of its colonies on Australian land. Hence, Australia belonged to the British Empire. Although the British Empire no longer exists, many of its former countries are members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Australia was claimed by Captain James Cook in 1770 for the British and the settling of convicts at Sydney Cove in 1788 served several purposes. It provided a British contingent to occupy the continent (allowing the Empire to expand as it had done in India, Africa and America) and provided a place to settle convicts who had been building up in numbers in prison hulks since the American war of independence had stopped convicts being deposited there.

In addition, Britain hoped to capitalise on Australia's resources. It was believed Australia could provide commercial and political gains to Britain. Due to war, Britain needed to find an alternative supply of Flax and timber as her Baltic supply was under threat. It was believed that nearby Norfolk Island would provide this. Also, Britain needed a port in the East to promote trade with China and to extend its naval and commercial power.

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11y ago

Yes.

Australia remains part of what was the British Commonwealth which grew out of the British Empire as countries were granted their independence.

This commonwealth is now called the "Commonwealth of Nations" acknowledging that the countries are equal within it not overseen or controlled by the UK - in fact not all members are former British Colonies or Dominions.

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9y ago

Yes, Australia is still considered to be part of the British Empire. However, they do tend to primarily manage most of their own affairs.

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14y ago

There is no British Empire.

Australia is part of the Commonwealth and has the Queen as head of state

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