Australia: Polity Style: 1901-2021

9 Jul 1900 Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act received royal assent, providing for the unification of the colonies of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania in the Commonwealth of Australia (passed by the House of Commons and by the House of Lords of the United Kingdom 25 Jun 1900 and 5 Jul 1900 respectively) [1]
1 Jan 1901 colonies of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, and Western Australia constitute a federal commonwealth on the date (1 Jan 1901) appointed by a royal proclamation signed 17 Sep 1900 (Government Gazette, No. 1, 1 Jan 1901, p. 1) [2]
1 Jan 1901 - Commonwealth of Australia
9 Oct 1942 legislative independence of Australia from the United Kingdom is achieved upon the adoption of provisions of the Statute of Westminster, 1931, in accordance with the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942 (passed by the House of Representatives and by the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia 8 Oct 1942 and 9 Oct 1942 respectively; received royal assent 9 Oct 1942; retroactively effective from 3 Sep 1939) [3]

[1] Full title: An Act to constitute the Commonwealth of Australia.
[2] Western Australia was added to the constituting members of the Commonwealth in accordance with Art. 3 of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act following a referendum held 31 Jul 1900.
[3] Full title: An Act To remove Doubts as to the Validity of certain Commonwealth Legislation, to obviate Delays occurring in its Passage, and to effect certain related purposes, by adopting certain Sections of the Statute of Westminster, 1931, as from the Commencement of the War between His Majesty the King and Germany.
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