Australia 's Ideological Identity As A Nation

1700 Words Aug 23rd, 2014 7 Pages
Australia is a relatively young nation, and its identity as a nation has accordingly undergone many transformations during the past century. Australia 's ideological identity, particularly the humanitarian and multicultural aspects, suffered greatly under the development of discriminatory and harsh treatment of refugees in the later 20th and earlier 21st centuries, to the detriment of its international reputation. Initially, Australia 's ideological basis seemed to be gaining a strong basis from increased international involvement, however, as the refugee crisis increased, discrimination clashed with multicultural ideologies and Australian conduct was increasingly criticised in the international community.

Following federation in 1901, Australia found an opportunity to establish its domestic and international identity in World War One. Although the initial premise for the nation 's involvement was British imperialism (7), friction between the British and Australian forces soon led to a more self-assured Australian collectivity. Britain was no longer the perfect mother country, but suddenly seemed too formal and somewhat less competent on the battlefield. Australian identity, filtering down from the soldiers, resorted to outback culture, “mateship” and “fair go” mentality in response to perceived British shortcomings (9 and 16a). While the general public 's loyalty remained largely dual for some time after, arguably to this day, the postcard photo of Gallipoli with the…
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