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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

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posted on 2016-01-01, 00:00 authored by Christopher WatersChristopher Waters
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.

History

Journal

Journal of pacific history

Volume

51

Issue

2

Pagination

169 - 185

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0022-3344

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, The Journal of Pacific History