Download PDF by Paul Kelly: 100 Years: The Australian Story

By Paul Kelly

Containing vast interviews with a few of Australia's previous and current leaders, this e-book examines over a century of the Australian country, its humans, its significant occasions, and its customers for the longer term. 5 topics are explored: youngsters of the Empire; the increase and fall of white Australia; the land of the reasonable cross; the gradual march to reconciliation; and the farewell to nice and strong acquaintances.

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Our presence there had encouraged them to fight. Their association with either American forces or Australian forces during the Vietnam War would have made it very difficult for them in Vietnam in the immediate aftermath of the war. So I think we had a commitment, an obligation, to such people and we fulfilled that obligation. I wasn’t conscious that we were taking a dangerous decision when we took it. If you recall the politics of those times it was an issue that Michael MacKellar as Immigration Minister handled very well with a sense of discretion.

Amery said that Bruce had been on the ‘inside right’ at the Conference. No doubt. In their study, Australian Independence, W J Hudson and M P Sharp conclude that Bruce ‘helped to achieve avoidance of any explicit reference to independence, counselled against any proclamation of independence and supported such references as there were to interdependence’. Hertzog returned to South Africa a nationalist hero. Bruce went home to the 1927 opening of Federal Parliament in Canberra, the new bush capital, with the Duke of York, the future King George VI, presiding against an Australian landscape.

Australia did not fight for the Falklands; Britain did not fight in Vietnam. The divisibility of the Crown, a concept so difficult for Menzies, is now assumed. In 1940 Menzies, following Hughes, went to London for the war cause. He was lionised by many but had a strained relationship with Winston Churchill. Menzies, like Hughes, far from being a lapdog of the British, 21 100 years was a defender of Australian interests. It was his willingness to challenge Churchill that made him so attractive to many British insiders.

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