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Western Australia - Legislation

Empire Settlement Act (1922 - 1976)

Commonwealth of Australia

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The Empire Settlement Act 1922 (12 & 13 Geo. 5; Chp. 13) was an Imperial Act that prescribed the relationship between the State, Federal and other governments in the British Empire. It also dealt with the processes and procedures for immigration from Britain to Australia. This Act is especially relevant for the history of child and youth migration to this country. Its broader aims were to stimulate primary production, foster industry and trade within the Empire and provide for its stability and security. The Empire Settlement Act 1922 was repealed by the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1976 (UK legislation).

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Sources used to compile this entry: Langfield, Michele, More people imperative: immigration to Australia 1901-1939, National Archives of Australia, 1999,; Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Western Australia Legislation', 13 December 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser, Christine Moje