Education of that kind will be considered biased, subversive and unAustralian, but Bob Menzies would never have thought so; in fact, no conservative politician since the early Federationists
would have questioned the right of our young to unfettered scholarship.
As we have seen, Curtis's ideas drew heavily on the campaigns of the imperial federationists
of the 1880s and early 1890s.
In 1897-98, the Constitution's framers, all committed federationists
(the majority directly elected by the colonies' voters), spent close to a total of four months in meetings around the country, spread out over a full year.