By Paul Kelly
Containing huge interviews with a few of Australia's previous and current leaders, this e-book examines over a century of the Australian kingdom, its humans, its significant occasions, and its clients for the longer term. 5 subject matters are explored: teenagers of the Empire; the increase and fall of white Australia; the land of the reasonable cross; the sluggish march to reconciliation; and the farewell to nice and strong associates.
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It documented a sense of a monarchical popularity so strong that the only response from Australia’s intellectual class was to retreat en masse into denial. But it is hard to argue that eight million people simultaneously succumbed to false consciousness. Menzies saw the social significance of the new Queen: ‘It is one of the most powerful elements converting them [the people] from a mass of 23 100 years individuals to a great cohesive nation. ’ The Queen was a symbol of unity, stability and a victorious war.
32 Interview with Malcolm Fraser I think Sir Robert Menzies would have come from an older world. He was an older generation and he might have found it harder to come to grips with the issue in the way that Harold Holt did but Holt was a liberal in a very real sense of the term. He was contemporary in the 1960s. He had a different attitude, a recognition that the world was changing, that policies discriminatory on the basis of race or ethnicity or colour were increasingly being condemned around the world.
I think, in the longer term interests of Australia, that policy was certainly one of the more important things that my government did. Do you think that the Liberal Party has properly nurtured and looked after the legacy of multiculturalism? Unfortunately, the Liberal Party’s political opponents have generally been better at moving into non-traditional backgrounds, into Greek, Italian, Vietnamese, other areas, other 34 Interview with Malcolm Fraser communities, than has the Liberal Party and that I believe remains true.