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The last of Australian imperial dreams for the Southwest Pacific: Paul Hasluck, the Department of Territories and a Greater Melanesia in 1960

Waters, Christopher 2016, The last of Australian imperial dreams for the Southwest Pacific: Paul Hasluck, the Department of Territories and a Greater Melanesia in 1960, Journal of pacific history, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 169-185, doi: 10.1080/00223344.2016.1195595.

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Title The last of Australian imperial dreams for the Southwest Pacific: Paul Hasluck, the Department of Territories and a Greater Melanesia in 1960
Author(s) Waters, Christopher
Journal name Journal of pacific history
Volume number 51
Issue number 2
Start page 169
End page 185
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0022-3344
Keyword(s) Australian colonial history
Papua New Guinea
West New Guinea
Paul Hasluck
Arts & Humanities
History
NEW-GUINEA
Summary This paper is a study of the vision held at the beginning of the 1960s by Paul Hasluck, the minister for external territories, and his department of the path to decolonisation for Melanesia. Faced by the ongoing West New Guinea crisis, Hasluck and his officials proposed to keep the western part of New Guinea out of Indonesian hands by expanding Australia’s empire, step by step, to include most of Melanesia. This greater Melanesian empire would eventually be guided to self-government. The proposal stood in a long line of ideas by Pacific-minded Australians going back for 100 years for an expanded Australian empire in the southwest Pacific. Consequently the Menzies cabinet’s rejection of Hasluck’s proposal was not just an important step towards changing its policy towards WNG; it marked the end to a century of Australian dreams and designs of a greater formal empire in the southwest Pacific.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00223344.2016.1195595
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
1699 Other Studies In Human Society
2103 Historical Studies
1601 Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID No grant
Copyright notice ©2016, The Journal of Pacific History
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30088752

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Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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