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JAN 24, 2013 - The Economist

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Banyan: On the edge

IN FEW countries do history and geography tug in such different directions. It is half a century since Japan overtook Britain as Australia’s largest trading partner, itself to be overtaken by another Asian giant, China, in 2007. More than 40 years have passed since “White Australia” immigration policies were dropped and Australia began to look a little more like Asia. And it is 16 years since an Australian prime minister, John Howard, claimed “we do not have to choose between our history and our geography.”It is only three months, however, since Australia’s government produced a white paper ... Read More

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