This state wanted to leave Australia so badly, it had a referendum – The Feed – SBS

There was a time when the people of Western Australia were so sold on leaving Australia, they held a state referendum to get a sense check – and the majority of people voted ‘yes’.

But despite sustained efforts to separate from the rest of Australia, WA could not pull off “WAxit” to create “Westralia” (yes, both of those are real terms used over the years).

And the idea of seceding from the rest of Australia was not a one-off fantasy. It’s entrenched in WA’s history – even before federation – and the state almost didn’t join Australia to begin with.