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Secession in the Future

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 Supporters of secession have had little impact on State’s the political process in recent years.  After the failure of Hancock’s Westralian Secession Movement, the issue remained dormant for another 25 years until it resurfaced again in the 1999 Federal referendum campaign on the republic.

 WA secessionists seized the chance to voice their opposition to what they believed would be a new ‘federation’ if a republic was supported. They urged people, under the banner ‘Our State, Our People, Our Flag’ to vote ‘no’. How much influence they had on the outcome is questionable.

 There will always be those who support secession. However, it is unlikely there will ever be a repeat of the majority support seen for it in 1933. The question remains whether that result was exceptional due to the unusual times, or whether it truly reflected a deep secessionist streak in the West Australian electorate.