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“Leavening British Traditions”: Integration Policy in Australia, 1962–1972


  • Jatinder Mann

    1. King's College London and University College London
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    • The author would like to thank Carl Bridge, James Curran, Matthew Jordan and Neville Meaney for all their advice, comments and suggestions on earlier forms of this article, as well as Australian Journal of Politics and History's anonymous reviewers for their comments.


During the period 1962–72 integration replaced assimilation as official government policy in dealing with migrants in Australia. Migrants were now encouraged to incorporate themselves into the dominant Anglo-Celtic society but also to retain elements of their own culture. The policy emerged in response to the unravelling of Britishness and the incremental dismantling of the White Australia policy as the twin pillars of Australian national identity. The “new nationalism”, which stressed a more independent and home grown Australian image, arose as a possible replacement to British race patriotism towards the end of this period. At the same time whiteness was also broken down.