Horne, Donald
April 1966
Foreign Affairs;Apr1966, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p446
The article focuses on Australians' attitudes to foreign affairs. It reports on the submerged Australian obsession with the possibility of catastrophe in discussing Australians' attitudes to foreign affairs. The author wants to draw attention to something that is so obvious that most Australian intellectuals forget about it. One of the preconceptions of ordinary Australians about foreign policy is that from time to time they must go off and fight somewhere with an ally, in propitiation of distant danger and even for the sheer sport of it. Australia's right to nationhood was considered to have been established not when the Act that allowed the six self-governing colonies to federate was passed but in 1915 when Australian troops shared in the disasters of the Gallipoli expedition. It is Anzac Day, the commemoration of this disaster that constitutes the only effective native-grown ceremony in Australia. It is further added that for most of the twentieth century, Australians did not think about Asia, the place near where they live, except in their submerged catastrophic moods.


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