Name: Gwenda Tavan
Bio: Lecturer at LaTrobe University and author of The Long Slow Death of White Australia [Scribe, 2005]
White Australia: Two Views – 7th June 2005
Long Slow Death of White Australia
This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.17 No.3-4 in 2005 (pages 135-139)
To what extent was the White Australia Policy, ushered in as the Australian colonies federated, a racist policy? And to what extent has the feeling among Australians that Australia was/is first and foremost, an Anglo European nation, regardless of its increasing diversity, abated? These questions formed the basis of a discussion at The Sydney Institue on Wednesday 10 August 2005 with Gwenda Tavan, lecturer at La Trobe University and author of The Long Slow Death of White Australia (Scribe, 2005) and Keith Windschuttle, historian and author of The Killing of History (1994), The Fabrication of Aboriginal History (2002) and, most recently, The Australia Policy (Macleay Press 2004).