A dog in the manger: White Australia and its vast empty spaces

McGregor, Russell (2012) A dog in the manger: White Australia and its vast empty spaces. Australian Historical Studies, 43 (2). pp. 157-173.

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Between the world wars Australia was commonly characterised as a dog in the manger for failing to utilise vast tracts of its territory while refusing to relax its stringent restrictions on immigration. This article examines interwar responses to the dog-in-the manger accusation, particularly their implications for the environmental representation of the supposedly empty spaces. I argue that Australians' increasing acceptance of the aridity of their continent over this period was substantially driven by a need to project abroad an image of a nation acting responsibly in a world of escalating population pressures.

Item ID: 22338
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1940-5049
Keywords: White Australia policy; Environmental History; Australia; Australia - History; 20th century Australia - History demographic
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2012 03:48
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl 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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