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Secession Sinks

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 The secession movement fell away quickly after the rejection by the British Parliament of WA’s petition for separation.

The economy was recovering from the Depression and people turned their attention to rebuilding. The Dominion League folded. Secessionist delegate James MacCallum Smith returned from 11 months in London disgruntled with the British Parliament, but satisfied that the British people had accepted the delegation’s message of WA’s economic suffering at the hands of the Commonwealth.

By the end of the 30s, Australia was well on the road to economic recovery and WA was fairing a little better financially, now that the Federal Government had established the Grants Commission.

The Collier Labor Government was against secession but had honoured the secession poll conducted at the same time it was swept to office. Collier sent the delegation, but its failure meant he could get on with the business of government.

The secession movement sunk, though not to total oblivion. It sat on the political shelf gathering dust for nearly forty years…

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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.