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Dynamics in Government

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A Guide to the Workings of Government in Western Australia

This booklet examines the system of government that has developed in Western Australia since it was established as a British Colony.  Prior to establishment of the colony, the land had been inhabited by the Aboriginal people, who had their own laws, customs and traditions.  This booklet does not attempt to examine what happened to the Aboriginal people and their laws, customs and traditions following the establishment of the Swan River Colony.  Without doubt this is an important aspect of the State's history, but it is beyond the scope of this booklet.

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.