A P T T H E N A ND NO W – TAASA Review December 2011


This article was originally found in the December 2011 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 26).

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Michael Desmond U nder the Keating government at the beginning of the 1990s, Australia asked itself what it might be like to be an Asian country, or at least, a culture within the Asian region rather than an outpost of the West.

Keating spoke of the `big picture’, envisaging Australia as part of a global society.

Looking beyond Australia’s traditional relationships to incorporate Asia as a neighbour has profoundly reshaped our cultural perspective. ...