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|Title:||John Howard's UnAustralia|
|Citation:||UNAustralia [electronic resource] : Cultural Studies Association of Australasia annual conference, pp. www 1-17|
|Publisher:||University of Canberra|
|Conference Name:||Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference (17th : 2006 : Canberra)|
|Abstract:||This paper analyses how John Howard uses debates over Australian culture, values and identity to discursively construct their opposite, namely “UNAUSTRALIA”. It deals with debates ranging from foreign policy to counter terrorism measures, industrial relations policy and the banning of same-sex marriage. In particular, the paper explores the relationship between Howard’s views and anglo-celtic identity, social conservatism, the Christian right and a neo-liberal ‘entrepreneurial culture’. It suggests that these issues have been crucial in shaping the Howard government’s construction of an “un-Australian” “other” who should either “integrate” or be excluded from the Australian polity. However, Howard’s declared aim to “change the culture” has had uncanny consequences. This paper concludes by suggesting that Howard’s Australia has now itself become “UNAUSTRALIA”.|
|Appears in Collections:||Politics publications|
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