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Title: Australia and the pacific: A history
Contributor(s): Gao, Xiang  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2022-07
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Near the end of Ian Hoskins excellent history of Australia and the Pacific he notes that Australia can be seen as the 'prodigal son' of the Pacific, having charted a path that has separated itself from the peoples and concerns of its oceanic neighbours. From one perspective, this can be called Australian 'exceptionalism' or 'mateship', and is reflected in the enormous wealth and technological prowess that has paved the way for Australian dominance of southwestern Pacific. From another perspective this aloofness has been exhibited by mistreatment of non-European peoples, visions of an imperial Australia in the Pacific and a collective amnesia that Australia is a Pacific state. This history is exemplified by the mistreatment of Aboriginal Australians, the indentured labour from the Pacific Islands that underpinned the Australian sugar industry in the 19th century (Blackbirds), the White Australia policy, colonial administration in Papua New Guinea, and the present-day lack of concern about Australia's enormous greenhouse gas contributions that pose an existential threat to its Pacific Island neighbours.

Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: Journal of Australian Colonial History, v.24, p. 194-195
Publisher: University of New England, School of Humanities
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1441-0370
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 440803 Comparative government and politics
440807 Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
440808 International relations
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 230299 Government and politics not elsewhere classified
230399 International relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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