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By Russell McGregor

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ISBN-13: 9781349905737

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This new examine bargains a well timed and compelling account of why prior generations of Australians have visible the north of the rustic as an empty land, and the way these perceptions of Australia’s tropical areas influence present coverage and form the self-image of the state. It considers the origins of those issues - from fears of invasion and ethical qualms approximately leaving assets mendacity idle, from apprehensions approximately white nationhood coming lower than overseas censure and misgivings in regards to the average attributes of the north - and elucidates Australians’ altering appreciations of the average environments of the north, their moving attitudes towards race and their unsettled conceptions of Asia.

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This new learn deals a well timed and compelling account of why previous generations of Australians have obvious the north of the rustic as an empty land, and the way these perceptions of Australia’s tropical areas influence present coverage and form the self-image of the kingdom. It considers the origins of those issues - from fears of invasion and ethical qualms approximately leaving assets mendacity idle, from apprehensions approximately white nationhood coming less than overseas censure and misgivings concerning the average attributes of the north - and elucidates Australians’ altering appreciations of the common environments of the north, their moving attitudes towards race and their unsettled conceptions of Asia.

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They knew that the Motherland herself looked askance on Australia’s zealous pursuit of racial exclusiveness. Yet for Australia’s leaders and most of its people, preservation of the nation’s white British heritage took precedence over all other considerations. In the late nineteenth century, the attainment of an all-white Australia had been among the primary motives for federation. 1 But if Australia was to be all white, what future lay ahead for the almost 40 % of the continent above the Tropic of Capricorn?

It is declared to be impossible to weld an Asiatic and white population together in any way. National economy, it is urged, is not quite the same as political economy, and national economy insists on Australia being white, even if political economy would insist on all its lands being tilled and all its lattitudes [sic] populated. ” The journalist expressed confidence in the rightness of the white Australia policy for temperate parts of the continent, but worried whether “shutting out Asiatics” was really a wise policy in the north.

The journalist expressed confidence in the rightness of the white Australia policy for temperate parts of the continent, but worried whether “shutting out Asiatics” was really a wise policy in the north. 3 While many commentators expressed misgivings, some flatly denied the possibility of an all-white tropical Australia. Their advocacy of a multiracial north in the first decade after federation is examined in the first section of this chapter. The second looks at the countervailing view that northern Australia could and should be the exclusive preserve of the white WHITENESS VERSUS THE TROPICS 25 race, with particular attentiveness to the role of medical science in validating that aspiration.

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