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Type: Journal article
Title: John Howard's 'values' and Australian identity
Author: Johnson, C.
Citation: Australian Journal of Political Science, 2007; 42(2):195-209
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1036-1146
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Carol Johnson
Abstract: This article analyses John Howard's arguments on the relationship between 'values' and 'national identity'. Some key arguments were prefigured before he became Prime Minister, when he promised not to politicise national identity. More recent arguments influenced debates over foreign policy, counter terrorism measures, industrial relations policy and the banning of same-sex marriage. In particular, the article explores the relationship between Howard's 'values' and Anglo-Celtic identity, social conservatism, the Christian Right and a neo-liberal 'entrepreneurial culture'. It suggests that Howard is using his emphasis on the relationship between values and national identity to endorse and encourage particular forms of citizen identity (which also have policy and electoral implications). This is despite Howard's earlier critique of Keating for using debates over national identity to engage in social engineering.
DOI: 10.1080/10361140701319986
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