By Jennifer Clark
This can be an enticing learn of the tales of racial awakening in Australia that marked the arriving 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 ebook additionally places the Australian adventure of the 60s into a global viewpoint, portrayed as distinct yet no longer in isolation. learn more... summary: this is often an attractive examine of the tales of racial awakening in Australia that marked the arrival 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 world point of view, portrayed as certain yet now not in isolation
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Menzies was genuinely fearful that the character of the Commonwealth would be destroyed if its comfortable discipline and customs were altered. ⁸⁴ He saw great beneﬁt in the informal discussions between leaders, the building of personal rapport and the interchange that could take place within a supportive atmosphere established over a long period of time. An opinion on apartheid was immaterial against safeguarding the integrity of the Commonwealth. 34 Sharpeville and the Challenge to Domestic Jurisdiction It must also be said that the Asian and African members saw the Commonwealth quite diﬀerently from Menzies.
Few members had any personal 30 Sharpeville and the Challenge to Domestic Jurisdiction or abiding concern for Aborigines other than Labor members Gordon Bryant and Kim Beazley Snr, and Liberal, WC Wentworth. Each of these men would emerge as leaders in the cause for Aboriginal advancement. It is also highly likely that Menzies was not especially moved by the Sharpeville incident simply because he carried no deeper interest in racial issues and failed to appreciate the international extent of racial change.
Ward was a prominent left-wing Labor politician who joined the Labor Party at sixteen after already organising a strike at school. ’ ⁷⁷ Ward inferred from Menzies’ pedantic, legalistic position a general attitude towards apartheid itself. Menzies was opposed to apartheid but he was not prepared to challenge the principle of domestic jurisdiction. The issue here is one of feeling, not substance. Ward wanted Menzies to feel more strongly on matters of race than he did, or perhaps was capable of feeling, in contrast to the increasingly passionate response of more and more people as the 1960s progressed.
Aborigines & activism : race & the coming of the sixties to Australia by Jennifer Clark