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A sheltered land

Author: Xavier Pons
Publisher: St Leonards, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 1994.
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Through most of its history, Australia's main ambition has been the creation of a 'no risk' society, built up behind walls of protection. This book is a history of Australia's quest for protection, focusing on strategic, defence, economic and social policy. It is a history of the 'Australian sickness' - a tendency to avoid risk and responsibility and to rely on an outside protector or on government. This has not  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Xavier Pons
ISBN: 1863736395 9781863736398
OCLC Number: 30702641
Description: xvi, 350 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Protection; holding the fort; for king and empire; transition; the heyday of the American alliance; Indian summer?; laying the groundwork; the walls are built; the walls endure; cracks in the walls; from charity to justice; slow motion; welfare for the middle classes; ups and downs; the nexus.
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This text is a revisionist history of Australia. It argues that Australia's history and current crisis of identity can be understood in terms of a preoccupation with protection and security. The  Read more...

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