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Reasons for Australia's declaration Of War in World war 2?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    According to Wikipedia:

    Australia entered the war against Germany on 3 September 1939, shortly after Britain declared war when its ultimatum for Germany to withdraw from Poland expired. The Government's decision to immediately enter the war was primarily made on the grounds that Australia's interests were inextricably linked to those of Britain, and that a British defeat would destroy the system of imperial defence [sic] which Australia relied upon for security against Japan. This position received almost universal public support, though there was little enthusiasm for war.

    During the First World War, the Dominions (e.g. Canada, Australia, etc.) were merely part of the British Empire, so when Britain went to war against Germany in August 1914, the Dominions were at war automatically. In 1931, however, the British Parliament passed the Statute of Westminster, which ended the authority of Parliament to legislate for the Dominions without the Dominions' consent. So, in 1939, when Britain went to war against Germany, the Dominions had a choice.

    Australia exercised that choice by going to war fairly immediately, on September 3, 1939, the same day on which Britain declared war.

    In Canada, on the other hand, the declaration of war did not come until September 10, 1939, a week later. Various explanations have been given for the delayed declaration of war by Canada. Some have said that while Canada was supportive of the British position, it wished to emphasize its independence.

    Others have said that Mackenzie King, the Prime Minister, was a fence sitter who was always afraid to take independent action on his own, and that he wished to be sure that he had the support of the Canadian Parliament before acting.

    Declaring war is a royal prerogative, meaning that the sovereign may declare war without parliamentary approval. Since the sovereign usually acts only in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, this means, in effect, the Prime Minister can declare war on his own authority.

    Mackenzie King, who consulted Wilfred Laurier, his mother, his dog, and other spirits (all of whom were deceased) for advice, was much too timid for that, so he sought the consensus of Parliament before acting, and that is what took a week to obtain.

  • ?
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    1 decade ago

    this is what Robert Menzies said a state of war now exists between Australia and Germany as a direct consequence of the British declaration so we went to war because of our alliance with united kingdom

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