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Australias Asian Connections

systematic disinformation about political issues. But the most heartening aspect of pur visit is that in Britain too, the fight against Hindutva has begun and that the THE Australian general elections on March 13, which returned the Labor Party to office for the fifth consecutive term, is perhaps Australia's last chance to re-orient its cultural and political perceptions towards Asia. Paul Keating, the prime minister, constantly calls for closer economic co-operation with the region but has yet to take steps to have Asia accept Australia as her own. The election was fought on local economic issues. The opposition Liberal-National coalition, led by John Hewson, could not persuade the electorate that his prescription was workable, and lost. Both parties had their own formula to be regarded as one with Asia, but in superficial macro-regional terms and without understanding southeast Asia's cultural overview. Neither went far enough.

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