"Industrial defence against the whole world": Deakinite new protection as narrative of global modernity

Mark Hearn*

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As it evolved towards the New Protection program from 1906, Deakinite protectionism manifested as a historicised narrative of modernity: an attempt to impose a rationale of nation-building over the heterogeneous and unstable impact of new economic relations and technologies, and the tense dynamics of competition between nations. History was invoked by actors fashioning the nation-building task in post Federation Australia as they claimed to make decisive breaks with past practice, reflected in innovative government strategies and social reforms. The anxieties and opportunities stimulated by global industrial modernity defined New Protection policy, evident in the formation of political narrative and parliamentary legislation, and government intervention in the conduct of business enterprise and industrial relations. The objectives and contradictions of New Protection were clarified in the political narratives and policy interventions constructed to secure the future of the Sunshine Harvester enterprise and its workforce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-356
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Australian Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018


  • historical time
  • modernity
  • new protection
  • political narrative
  • trade and tariff policy


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