The article reveals certain recurrent themes in the history of Australian education that remain of relevance today: church-state relations; the important role played by independent and denominational schools in a country that thinks of itself as being lay; state-Federal (Commonwealth) relations; funding; the situation of Aborigines in the education system; the role of education in a democracy. It explores how attitudes to education played a role in Australiaâ€™s situation in the Pacific, and notably in Melanesia, from colonial days through the era of independence to today's postcolonial neo-liberal context and globalisation that involve a different approach to diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific.
|Title of host publication||DiversitÃ© de la dÃ©mocratie: ThÃ©orie et comparatisme : les pays de la MÃ©lanÃ©sie|
|Place of Publication||France|
|Publisher||UniversitÃ© dâ€™Auvergne, Centre Michel de l'Hospital|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|