By Jennifer Clark
This is often an attractive learn of the tales of racial awakening in Australia that marked the arrival 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 world standpoint, portrayed as special yet no longer in isolation. learn more... summary: this can be an attractive research of the tales of racial awakening in Australia that marked the arriving of the 'wind of change'. via rigorous examine, the writer exhibits how supporters of Indigenous Australians and their struggles for equality driven Australia into the 60s - actually and figuratively. The publication additionally places the Australian event of the 60s into a world standpoint, portrayed as designated yet no longer in isolation
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Menzies in particular commented on Macmillan’s draft communiqué that contained the words ‘racial discrimination’. ’ Menzies was on his own—almost. ’ ⁹⁸ Although the pull of traditional institutions remained strong for the new members of the Commonwealth, the sensibilities triggered by racial issues and decolonisation and the pressure they brought to bear, were very powerful. Throughout the 1960s institutions were forced to face the impact of alternative perspectives and alternative moralities. Commonwealth countries faced that process in 1961 not 38 Sharpeville and the Challenge to Domestic Jurisdiction through radical protest or demonstrations—that would come later in the development of the anti-apartheid position at the popular level—but by those in government prepared to see apartheid as irreconcilable with the principles of decolonisation.
It was most evident in South Africa’s absence from the Commonwealth. More importantly, the power of the Afro-Asian block as a result of decolonisation was conﬁrmed. The politicisation of race was shown to be a real force in diplomacy and Menzies learned that the hard way. ⁹⁹ Menzies’ conservatism, legalism and lack of passion over race were shown to be out of step with international trends. The results of two opinion polls in Australia chart the decline in support for Menzies’ views on South Africa.
Jacquetta Hawkes, daughter of Cambridge don and Nobel Prize winner Frederick Gowland Hopkins and wife of playwright JB Priestley, was already recognised by 1961 as a formidable intellect. The author of several books on archaeology and a founding member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, she had a great interest in the human dimension of science. The High Commissioner was not sure whether or not to go, for no other reason than the polity of being associated with anything that mentioned ‘anti-slavery’; however, it was deemed wisest to ‘keep an eye’ on the meeting.