Download PDF by Jennifer Clark: Aborigines & activism : race & the coming of the sixties to

By Jennifer Clark

ISBN-10: 0980296579

ISBN-13: 9780980296570

This is often an attractive learn of the tales of racial awakening in Australia that marked the arrival of the 'wind of change'. via rigorous examine, the writer exhibits how supporters of Indigenous Australians and their struggles for equality driven Australia into the 60s - actually and figuratively. The booklet additionally places the Australian event of the 60s into a global point of view, portrayed as particular yet no longer in isolation. learn more... summary: this can be an interesting learn of the tales of racial awakening in Australia that marked the arrival of the 'wind of change'. via rigorous examine, the writer exhibits how supporters of Indigenous Australians and their struggles for equality driven Australia into the 60s - actually and figuratively. The booklet additionally places the Australian adventure of the 60s into a global standpoint, portrayed as distinct yet no longer in isolation

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No less important to that story of challenge are the attempts by government to preserve the status quo and to defend Australia against possible attack from different ideas. Macmillan’s ‘wind of change’ was such an enemy and Australia was vulnerable. The 60s phenomenon may have been about change but it was also about resistance. ⁴ Although the White Australia Policy could present a problem and Asian countries had long complained about its prejudicial nature, Australia’s primary point of vulnerability for African countries and the United Nations was the condition of Aborigines and the policy of assimilation.

The problems would come if South Africa was expelled, in which case this could: lead rapidly to a Commonwealth in which the old ‘white’ members would be continually voted down by the new ‘coloured’ members…this could have serious implications for Australia, in relation to, say, New Guinea, immigration or the treatment of aborigines’. Australia was advised to lie quiet without denying principle. ’ ⁹⁵ The Australian Public Service produced and collected a variety of secret briefing documents that agonised over who would make a move to raise the South African issue and what response Australia should take.

The nature, indeed the existence, of the Commonwealth was at stake. ’ ²⁵ Somewhat paradoxically, he also raised what would become an important philosophical position for activists against racism around the world, that is, the inability of any nation to remain isolated and the obligation of nations and individuals to participate in improving the human condition even across political or cultural boundaries. Macmillan talked of the world as ‘shrinking’ and quoted John Donne to reinforce his statement on international interdependence: ‘Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind.

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