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1950s

Defining Moments in Australian History

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1950s

1950–53: Korean War
1951: Australia signs ANZUS Treaty with New Zealand and the United States
1954: Flags Act becomes law, defining the official flag of Australia
1954: Visit of Queen Elizabeth II, the first by a reigning monarch
1954: Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov defects
1955: Split within Australian Labor Party; formation of the Democratic Labor Party
1956: First nuclear weapons test by British at Maralinga
1956: Introduction of polio vaccine ends epidemic in Australia
1956: Television introduced in time for Australia’s first Olympic Games, Melbourne