Sir Edmund Barton, 1901, National Archives of Australia, A5954, 1299/2 PHOTO PL 375/1.
…Much as we should like to have the assistance of Queensland in a complete federation, while it has been felt that it would be not so great and not so powerful a federation as it would be without the assistance of this great and rich colony, it is not, and has not been, the opinion of the other colonies that they could not federate without Queensland…It is one thing to be able to federate without you; it is another thing to confess that federation can never be perfect without you. (Cheers.)
A common state
The day will come when Australia, having federated for purposes of defence, they will lament their mistake if any of the colonies remain isolated. We cannot fight for any one of us unless we all fight for every one.
…under intercolonial free-trade there will be an opportunity for every industry to live that has life worth living in it. Industries that cannot progress without a tariff must take a back seat in favour of progressive ones…
I have said enough to justify me in this request with which I will wind up: That you will be true to your Australian countrymen of the other colonies. (Cheers.) If you are true to them as countrymen, you must be true to them, as fellow-citizens and brothers. (Cheers.) If you are true to them, you must believe that: when they enter into a solemn compact with you they will be as true to you as you are to them.