Federation consolidated feelings of nationalism among the Australian people. Nationalism, however, has sometimes encouraged people to think that their country is superior to another country. This was particularly evident around the time of Federation. Part of the reason that the colonies supported Federation was out of fear of being invaded by non-white immigrants. Despite the fact that several colonies already had implemented laws which restricted immigrants from certain countries, all of the colonies were keen to strengthen their immigration policies by uniting to keep non-whites out of Australia.


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