It could be argued that Australia becoming a Federation was a stupid thing to do but most people agree that it was a great idea. In the next few paragraphs, the reasons how and why Australia became a Federation will be discussed. Some of the reasons 'why' are trade (NSW/Victoria rivalry), communication and fear of invasion by Germany.
On January 1, 1901, Australia's six self-governing colonies became states in an "indissoluble Federal Commonwealth." In other words,
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by representatives from NSW, SA and Victoria, agreed to resolutions moved by Henry Parkes in favour of the establishment of a Federal Council.
As you can tell by reading this, there were many reasons how and why Australia became a Federation. There are also mentioned reasons that held back the 'go ahead' of the Federation movement. A lot of interesting information was gathered and use for this 'discussion' and a lot was learned from it.