Australia's Northern Shield? : Papua New Guinea and the by Bruce Hunt

By Bruce Hunt

This e-book is the 1st to attract largely at the lately published hugely categorised notes of the cupboard room discussions of successive Australian Governments from 1950 to the mid-1970s and information the altering perspective of the nation’s leaders in the direction of where of Papua New Guinea in Australia’s defence and protection outlook. the cupboard Notebooks offer an uncensored and remarkable perception into the opinion of Australia’s leaders in the direction of Indonesia less than Sukarno, Southeast Asia and Indo China generally, the altering nature of kin with Britain and the us and, eventually, in the direction of Papua New Guinea. the cupboard room discussions display attitudes in the direction of Asia and Australia’s position within the area extra nuanced, assorted and delicate than formerly identified. additionally they illustrate the dominant effect of best Minister Robert Menzies and Deputy best Minister John McEwen in shaping Australia’s reaction to the severe occasions of this time.

Australia’s Northern guard? exhibits how, seeing that colonial instances, Australia has assessed the significance of Papua New Guinea by means of interpreting the pursuits of and threats from exterior resources, mostly Imperial Germany, Japan, and Indonesia. It examines the numerous switch in Australia’s angle as this sector approached independence in 1975, amid issues as to the hot nation’s destiny balance and team spirit. The phrases of Australia’s longterm defence venture are tested intimately and an exam is out there additionally of the newest makes an attempt to outline the strategic significance of Papua New Guinea to Australia.

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