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

By Bruce Hunt

This publication is the 1st to attract commonly at the lately published hugely categorized notes of the cupboard room discussions of successive Australian Governments from 1950 to the mid-1970s and information the altering angle of the nation’s leaders in the direction of where of Papua New Guinea in Australia’s defence and safeguard outlook. the cupboard Notebooks offer an uncensored and unheard of perception into the opinion of Australia’s leaders in the direction of Indonesia below Sukarno, Southeast Asia and Indo China generally, the altering nature of relatives with Britain and the USA 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, various and delicate than formerly recognized. in addition they illustrate the dominant effect of top Minister Robert Menzies and Deputy leading Minister John McEwen in shaping Australia’s reaction to the severe occasions of this time.

Australia’s Northern safeguard? indicates how, given that colonial occasions, Australia has assessed the significance of Papua New Guinea through 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 quarter approached independence in 1975, amid issues as to the hot nation’s destiny balance and harmony. The phrases of Australia’s longterm defence venture are tested intimately and an exam is accessible additionally of the newest makes an attempt to outline the strategic value of Papua New Guinea to Australia.

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