By Paul Kelly
Containing vast interviews with a few of Australia's previous and current leaders, this ebook examines over a century of the Australian country, its humans, its significant occasions, and its customers for the longer term. 5 topics are explored: young children of the Empire; the increase and fall of white Australia; the land of the reasonable move; the sluggish march to reconciliation; and the farewell to nice and strong neighbors.
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With my background in the countryside, I think I would have understood the motivation of many of those who did, in fact, support her and that therefore I would have realised that those who were supporting her had a real grievance. I would have tried to do something about it. I would have tried to divide Pauline Hanson from that support base right from the very beginning. 35 100 years To what extent do you think that the nation-building ethos in Australia is now being compromised? Are you concerned that public support for immigration seems to be substantially eroded?
He had a different attitude, a recognition that the world was changing, that policies discriminatory on the basis of race or ethnicity or colour were increasingly being condemned around the world. What was happening in South Africa, all of these things, were elements which persuaded people that the policy needed to change. So this can be seen as a change in Australia’s values? I believe so, yes. Not necessarily a conscious change except by those making the policy, because Australians I think have always been an egalitarian open people.
It is a tragic interpretation because it turns Australia’s history into a caricature. It reduces Deakin, Hughes, Menzies and even Curtin to the level of craven toadies. It originates in a sense of loathing for our past. It is based on a 29 100 years refusal to see that Empire loyalty and Australian nationalism went handin-hand for so long for excellent reasons. It is a view not shared and never shared by a majority of the Australian people. It defines the republic as a rejection of the past, as a triumph against our history.
100 Years: The Australian Story by Paul Kelly