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Australia and the United Kingdom 1960-1975

This volume of documents on Australian Foreign Policy draws on unpublished
records from Australian and United Kingdom archives to document Australia's
relations with the United Kingdom from 1960 to 1975. At the outset of the
period covered, Australia's diplomatic ties were largely conceived of in
terms of a global continuum of British culture, interests and peoples
notwithstanding earlier crises in the relationship during the Depression,
the Pacific War and the era of post-war reconstruction. By the end of the
volume, into the mid-1970s, these deeply held assumptions about
Anglo-Australian community had been replaced by a more hard-headed
conception of Australia's distinct national identity and new regional
priorities.

The volume documents how these changes came about. It covers defence
relations (in the context of the implications for Australia of the
withdrawal of British forces from East of Suez); economic relations (again
in the context of the implications for Australia of British efforts to join
the European Economic Community); the Australian responses to a succession
of British Immigration Acts; the transfer of responsibility for Australia
House in London from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to
the Department of Foreign Affairs; and, finally, constitutional relations
between the two countries, and more general relations, which for Australia
especially raised symbolic issues of national sovereignty.

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Last Updated: 7 February 2013
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