The Australian Identity
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... came to make their fortunes or the Chinamen, who were not only seen as a sexual threat but didn't fit the physically tough, anti-authoritarian image. 'There was the fear of 'outside' or 'others', such as 'new chums' or other immigrants unfamiliar with what was now a well-established colonial lifestyle the fear of Asia, particularly of the Chinese, both because they were Chinese and because there was a fear that they would sell their labour cheaply and undermine Australian wages.' (Grant et al, p24). As with the convicts and free settlers, the diggers on the goldfields continued the tradition of anti-authoritarianism. The Eureka Stockade symbolises the defiance of authority and the push for democracy and nationhood. The fight, which was an all-male all-white affair, is used to represent the fight of the common man over authority. Much of the construction of the Australian identity came from the first male convicts, who spread out from the early settlements on the coast and beat the natives and the land into submission. Today most of the habitable land in Australia has been subdued and urbanised. The only battling with the bush most Australians do is clearing the weeds we've introduced from Europe. Today Lawson's bleak poem 'The Faces in the Street' about the grinding drudge of city life is probably a more appropriate anthem for Australia. The image of 'Australian-ness', the hard-working, easy-going, anti-authoritarian mate, is no more true or representative today than it was 200 years ago, yet we hang onto it as strongly now as we did then. Movies such as 'Crocodile Dundee' and more recently 'The Castle', put forward the stereotype as powerfully as Lawson ever did, with more concessions to multi-culturalism maybe, but the basic concept remains the same, 'masculine, white Anglo-Irish and heterosexual.' (Schaffer 1988, p12).
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