AS THE struggle over a same-sex marriage referendum becomes increasingly tense, leading historians are pointing back exactly 100 years to a far more divisive public vote, fuelled by racism and class divisions, that tore apart Australia.
Women of Australia stop this! / WWI enlistment poster from the collection of the State Library of NSW. To order an archival print of this image call the Library Shop on 61 2 9273 1611 quoting order number
The importance of voting created many rights for the human race. Men and women could be treated equally theoretical and ensured that everyone's voice would be heard. Voting for both races was granted due to moderate ways of thinking in liberal societies.