The Rise of Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia, 1890s–1970s
6 The Introduction of a Multicultural Policy in Australia, 1972–1978
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The Introduction of a Multicultural Policy in Australia, 1972–1978
Australia adopted a multicultural policy in the late 1970s to replace integration as the basis of its approach to migrants. Like Canada an official policy of multiculturalism arose out of a multicultural philosophy—there was a difference between the two. Also similarly to Canada a philosophy of multiculturalism took the place of the ‘new nationalism’ as the foundation of Australian national identity. Moreover, a post–White Australia immigration policy was introduced in the late 1970s after the White Australia policy was completely abandoned earlier in the decade.
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