Year 10 Australia in the World Essay
"The White Australia policy and the treatment of indigenous Australians in the early 20th century demonstrate that Australia was a racist society. "
The White Australia policy and the treatment of indigenous Australians in the early 20th century demonstrate that Australia was a racist society. To be racist is to "have a belief that a particular race of people is better than another race of people, or showing hostility towards another race."Ã¯Â¿Â½ In the early 20th century it was the general belief that white Australians were superior and in some way better than other races. The language used when referring to non-whites was derogatory and inferred that they were inferior. The White Australia policy was, in itself racist. On many occasions it referrers to non-whites as inferior and unequal. The treatment of indigenous Australians was appalling. The general population treated them as inferior beings, like they were not human.
It was in the early 20th century when Australia federated. There were many reasons for federation, but one very crucial factor pushed federation through and united the country. This was the fact that federation could effectively keep out other races of people, as it did for many years. The way that all the leading politicians, political parties and newspapersÃ¯Â¿Â½ had no division on the belief that other races of people ought to be kept out of Australia proves that in the early 20thcentury there was a very racist society. In a country the people or groups that are popular are the people that talk about what the general population believes. All the popular politicians, newspapers and political parties talked about the general beliefs of Australia. For example in 1907 the Bulletin (a leading Australian newspaper) changed its banner slogan from 'Australia for the Australians'...