Before we examine Australia and Britain's changing relationship we need to go back. Way back to day one. For a lot of readers this will all be the first time you learn about colonial Australia so pay attention!
Australia was first discovered in 1606 by Dutch explorers. They landed in Western Australia, a dry and inhospitable land. They returned to Holland, reporting the low chance of successful colonisation. The natives, Aborigines, had lived in the continent for over 40,000 years. Despite their head start, they never built a single building, had no common language or culture, didn't even have the wheel and had no concept of agriculture. Whilst the rest of Europe was busy with art, music, science and discovery, the Aborigines were still in the Stone Age. Civilisation arrived under the Union Flag in 1770. Captain James Cook, claimed Australia for the British Empire. He later claimed Fiji and New Zealand.
|Pictured-Captain Cook lands at Botany Bay |
|Pictured- Australian soldiers commerate Federation with a parade in Sydney, 1901 |
When the Second World War came round, Australians were not as enthusiastic as last time to have it at the Germans. Australians joined their British Allies in the Mediterranean. However tensions between Canberra and London were strained when Japan joined the Axis. Australia then looked to republican USA for support. We found it, and drifted slowly towards Washington. By the end of the war, the world had changed. Australia looked to Britain as home, but to America for friendship.
The Americanisation of the then very British Australia occurred from the 50's till the 70's. By that time we were altered beyond repair. Some say we were betrayed by Britain, others say the Aus-American alliance is more practical, given our Pacific interests. However this was not the death blow to Australia's mother-son relationship with the UK.
Whilst the official reason is we drifted apart, out grew Great Britain. I believe the truth is far more sinister. Britain was dragged from us, and Australia was pulled away in the other direction. How did these two nations, so close and friendly become so distant? The answer is very clear...Marxism.
The EU made Britain part of Europe, even though for the past 300 years, Britain had been with its Empire and Commonwealth. Australia's cultural Marxists, infiltrated every level of Australias media, education system and government. Australias' national identity had stopped being ''British to the bootstraps'', and started being ''egalitarian, diverse and multicultural''. The mid 1970's saw such a radical change to this nations ethos and culture it is almost irreversible. Britain meanwhile is well on its way to being a state of Europe, perhaps even an Islamic one....
Part Two will examine the impact the EU had on the fall of the British Empire. As well as how it changed its relationship with the Anglosphere. Also I'll cover how Marxism and multiculturalism have undermined both nations. I'll get round to writing that one up sometime next week.