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Globalisation And Its Effects On Australian National Identity And Democracy

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Globalisation is an economic, political and cultural phenomenon, involving the increasing interaction, or integration of national economic systems through the growth in international trade, investment and capital flows. It is a cross border social, cultural and technological exchange. It's the process in which geographic distance becomes a factor of diminishing importance in the establishment and maintenance of cross border economic, political, technological, and socio cultural relations under the conditions of capitalism. Alexander Downer has said that "you're either a globa-phobe or a globa-phile" and that's the reality of the situation, that we embrace globalisation to keep up with ...view middle of the document...

To find our national identity in new and different ways and be proud of that, Keating made a point that the Australian value of "mateship" was an Asian value to. Yet at the downfall of the labour government came John Howard's Liberal government; who turned away from conciliating ties with Asia and moved to a closer connection with the U.S, which indeed has caused much tension within the region. This tension is just contributing to the ongoing troubles that Australia faces; as John Wiseman says "faces particular difficulties due to its ongoing economic vulnerability, its uncertain political and cultural relationships with Asia, the renewed unpredictability of East Asian economic fortunes, and a deepening crisis about the nature of Australian history and identity."Globalisation and democracy seemingly have contrasting ideals; globalisation places interest on the individual and democracy is about the people. So how can globalisation function within a democracy and are the influences beneficial or detrimental upon democracy and democratic ideals. Unfortunately globalisation has a lot of negative impacts on democracy, yes it has a lot of positives in other areas but democracy is very much threatened by globalisation and I shall give you examples to show this. Over the last decade there have been outcries over job cuts and you hear about that woman a suburb over who lost her hospital job because of budget cuts by a state government that defends its actions by saying it must meet the demands of international credit rating agencies for balanced budget and lower taxes. It seemed that the government no longer had a say over what was best for the country and its people but international cash flows did; the undermining of the legal and political regulatory power of national and state institutions was becoming clear. Trans-national corporations conduct a kind of global plebiscite on the monetary and fiscal policies of the governments; there is no way for a nation to opt out. Like in 1995 Ford Aus. Publicly warned that it would cease its Aus. Operations (at a cost of 7000 jobs) unless there were substantial reductions in the costs of labour and...

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