North of Capricorn: The Untold Story of Australia's North [Book Review]

McGregor, Russell (2004) North of Capricorn: The Untold Story of Australia's North [Book Review]. Queensland Review, 11 (2). pp. 107-108.

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Southern Australians today like to look down on northerners as racist rednecks — the sort of people who gave Pauline Hanson's One Nation a leg-up, and who routinely revile Aborigines in the crudest terms. Yet, as Henry Reynolds explains, in the Federation era it was southern Australians who foisted the 'white Australia" dogma on the north, thereby stifling its development as a dynamic, successful multiethnic society. Then, southern publications like The Bulletin disparaged the north as 'Piebald Australia", castigated Queensland as 'Queensmongreland' and protested that, in Cairns, white men 'ate with the Chows'. For white Australian nationalists in the early twentieth century, the common complaints were that the north harboured too many races, permitted too much racial interaction, and was altogether too lax in upholding racial exclusivity.

Item ID: 10387
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 1321-8166
Keywords: Australia; race relations; North Australia; history
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2010 00:49
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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