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Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory

7 The Road to Self-Government

The Commonwealth's administration of the Northern Territory was often marked by frustration and resentment on both sides. Territory residents were resentful that they lost their right to electoral franchise in 1911, had little involvement in decision making in Territory affairs, and had no control over its finances. The Commonwealth was concerned that the Territory's small population, when compared with the States, would give their parliamentary representatives disproportionate advantages over representatives from the States. The Commonwealth was also concerned that it was making significant contributions to the Territory's finances and therefore should, by right, have a key voice in how that money was being spent.


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1 Australia. Royal Commission into Northern Territory Administration, Report, p. 4; Commonwealth Parliamentary Papers (1920–21), volume III, pp. 1653–69.


Chapter 7
The Road to Self-Government