By Jennifer Clark
This can be a fascinating examine of the tales of racial awakening in Australia that marked the arrival of the 'wind of change'. via rigorous learn, 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 specified yet now not in isolation. learn more... summary: this can be a fascinating examine of the tales of racial awakening in Australia that marked the arriving of the 'wind of change'. via rigorous study, the writer indicates 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 viewpoint, portrayed as distinctive yet no longer in isolation
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This was not accidental. ²⁷ It was precipitated by an increasingly untenable position in the United Nations and a growing fear that Britain’s international reputation was damaged by failure to divest itself of its association with white South Africa. ²⁸ This was certain 21 Aborigines and Activism encouragement for Britain’s allies also to abandon South Africa. Yet this was not quite as straightforward as it may have seemed. Unquestionably, the Sharpeville massacre had an enormous impact on world opinion.
It was most evident in South Africa’s absence from the Commonwealth. More importantly, the power of the Afro-Asian block as a result of decolonisation was conﬁrmed. The politicisation of race was shown to be a real force in diplomacy and Menzies learned that the hard way. ⁹⁹ Menzies’ conservatism, legalism and lack of passion over race were shown to be out of step with international trends. The results of two opinion polls in Australia chart the decline in support for Menzies’ views on South Africa.
Domestic jurisdiction ﬂoundered. Australia supported a discriminatory immigration policy; there were doubts about the management of New Guinea and there was an oppressed and neglected Indigenous population living largely on the fringes of white society. Menzies’ failure in 1961 could only be interpreted as an encouragement to government to look more closely at these contentious areas of Australian race relations. Closest to home and most easily compared with racial aﬀairs in South Africa was the condition of Aborigines.