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1869 Petition - An Elective Legislative Council

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In 1870, colonists won the right to elect some members to the Legislative Council.

However, the Governor could still veto the council's decisions and some colonists remained dissatisfied.  They wanted a fully-elected parliament to run the colony's affairs.

Colonists began arguing for self-government within years of the change to a partly-elected Legislative Council.

An attempt to hasten self-government foundered because of opposition in Britain but, by the 1880s, the call for political change was so strong that it could not be denied.

Legislative Council 1872

The Legislative Council 1872
The partly-elected Legislative Council of Western Australia.
Courtesy of Battye Library 52125P

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.