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By Jennifer Clark

This is often a fascinating examine 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 ebook additionally places the Australian adventure of the 60s into a global point of view, portrayed as distinct 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 learn, the writer indicates how supporters of Indigenous Australians and their struggles for equality driven Australia into the 60s - actually and figuratively. The ebook additionally places the Australian event of the 60s into a global viewpoint, portrayed as precise yet now not in isolation

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If we are to look for evidence of the coming of the 60s phenomenon to Australia in the area of race relations then we must identify those 41 Aborigines and Activism occasions when parochial attitudes were confronted by those more international in context and more progressive in style. 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.

Nigeria was not expected to lead the charge but would not be seen as pro-Verwoerd when compared with Ghana or Malaya. President Nkrumah of Ghana was thought likely to raise the issue if no one else did. Secret information leaked through the Canadian Department of External Affairs made Diefenbaker the likely candidate based on pressure from within Canada. New Zealand seemed most unlikely to push against South Africa. Although Nehru opposed the South African policy in the strongest terms he would accept their membership of the Commonwealth unless feelings went the other way, 37 Aborigines and Activism and then he would support expulsion.

The problem was that Menzies’ view and his sentiment held little sway with new members in 1960 and 1961 or, for that matter, with Britain itself. Even those nations such as India that had remained true to the concept of the Commonwealth as above domestic politics throughout the 1950s were no longer prepared to do so after Sharpeville. ’ ⁹¹ It was destined to reappear at the next Prime Ministers’ Conference in 1961. A referendum held on 5 October 1960 narrowly gave Verwoerd power to legislate for a republic to be proclaimed on 31 May 1961.

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