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Deakin, Alfred

Deakin, Alfred d?k?n [key], 1856?1919, Australian political leader. He held office in various ministries and aided in the fight for federation of the Australian states. He accomplished a great deal in social legislation, irrigation, defense, and preferential tariffs. At first attorney general of Australia (1901), he later was prime minister in three different fusion governments (1903?4, 1905?8, 1909?10).

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