Anti-Conservatism: Paul Hasluck and Liberal Development in Papua New Guinea

Scott MacWilliam

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    In the continuing debates about the relative importance of conservatism and liberalism in the history of the Australian Liberal Party, one important dimension remains absent. Liberal developmentalism as an important anti‐conservative strand of thought was critical to the party's formative years after the Second World War as a party of government. The importance of this facet of liberalism is illustrated here by reference to the role of long‐serving Minister for Territories Paul Hasluck in overseeing development in Papua and New Guinea (PNG). Hasluck and the Australian Administration formulated policy intended to secure the indigenous population on rural smallholdings at higher standards of living before industrialisation's anticipated effects of proletarianisation could take effect.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-99
    JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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