Newman, Sarah
September 1990
Contemporary Review;Sep90, Vol. 257 Issue 1496, p142
Literary Criticism
This article discusses the White Australia policy and national unity. Australian hostility to the entry of non-Europeans in part reflected geography, the north's nearness to Asia, whose human reservoir could 'swamp' the European element. There was too a desire for a homogeneous community: a unified, united White Australia. Through the racial prejudice, nationalism, chauvinism, cultural exclusiveness, ran a powerful economic thread, the trade union fear of cheap 'sweatable' labor-- that threat to working class economic interests, to hard!won industrial standards, to the functioning of trade unions, that could prevent the advance to industrial democracy.


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