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The Eureka Stockade which took place on Ballarat in 1854 can be seen as speeding up the process of democracy and self-government but it cannot be classed as a turning point in Australias history The colonies were already on the track of democracy when the Eureka Stockade took place However the Eureka Stockade did make an impact on society The Eureka Stockade could take responsibility for giving birth to the union movement and plant the seeds of what would eventually become the labour movement The Eureka Stockade was very popular with the people of the colony and this in itself had a large impact on the colony it did not influence the colony enough to class the events of the Eureka Stockade in 1854 as a turning point in Australias history The new Victorian constitution had already been sent to England before the Eureka Stockade took place therefore it cannot take credit for setting in motion self- government because it had already started The constitution was sent to England in March 1854 the Eureka Stockade did not take place until December of the same year meaning that the process of self-government had been put in place eight months prior to the stockade The Eureka Stockade had no real impact on the implementation of a self- governing body in the colony of Victoria Democracy in the colonies was accelerated by the Eureka Stockade but it was not started by it The colony was slowly starting to move in the direction of democracy as the colony was slowly starting to become fed up with corrupt leaders and not having their say in matters that concerned them It was the miners that were the most fed up with the
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