AUSTRALIA: Nowhere's Secession

Now & then the big, boisterous States of the Australian Commonwealth think for themselves. Two years ago New South Wales tried to repudiate the interest on its State debt (TIME, April 6, 1931 et seq.). The Crown-appointed Governor finally forced the Premier, tall, square-jawed John Thomas Lang, out of office (TIME, May 23). Last week the Commonwealth's biggest and rawest state, Western Australia, voted to secede from the Commonwealth.

The State of Western Australia is a vast semidesert as big as Western Europe. Separating it from the rest of Australia are 800 miles...

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