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History of Democracy

By: Thi, Vienna, Chelsea Nguyen

What is Democracy?

Democracy means the government is by the people and that means all the people should be able to have their say in their way to another in everything that affects their life and that it is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.

How/When did Democracy start?

Democracy began by the greeks in the 6th century BC. It is started because they want to vote for their leader and began to vote because they want to have freedom for their kids.

History of Democracy Timeline

Before 1799 - The Aboriginal people of the country had was called the Dreaming.

1799 - The English system of two house are the Upper House and the Lower House.

1860 - The British want each colony have different government and laws relating to things.

1901 - The Federation of Australia is forming by joined the states together and the Constitution's powers to central.

1902 - The men are allowed to vote but until 1902 the women are allowed to vote in Australia.

1967 - The Aboriginal people were able to vote in Australia.

Facts about History of Democracy

  • Democracy commonly refers to a type of political system in which the people or their Representative lawfully govern themselves​, rather than being governed.
  • Australia's system of government grew over time from single governors representing the British Parliament to the fully elected representative democracy that functions today.
  • Australia has been a leader in many important democratic steps such as granting women the right to vote and introducing the secret ballot.
  • The Australian system of government was not entirely democratic in the early years of Federation. Not all sections of the Australian population had a say in how the system was set up. Some people were locked out of the government, particularly through not being able to vote.


  • BC: Before Christ.
  • Totalitarian: Of or relating to a system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state.
  • Constitution: The way in which a thing composed or made up.
  • Monarch: A hereditary sovereign, as a king, queen, or emperor.
  • Hereditary: Of or pertaining to inheritance or heredity.
  • Authoritarian:Favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom.
  • Dictatorship:Government by a dictator.
  • Military:Of, relating to, or characteristic of soldiers or armed forces.
  • Democratic:Of, relating to, or supporting democracy or its principle.