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The changing demographics of cities like Sydney are challenging concepts of "Australian."   © Reuters
Tea Leaves

The changing face of Australia's national identity

Can country maintain its delicate balancing act between East and West?

JOHN POWER | Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands

Twenty-five years ago, Australia's then-Prime Minister Paul Keating gave a speech railing against fellow Australians who could not "separate our interests, our history, or our future, from the interests of Britain."

At the time, the Labor Party leader was taking aim at Anglophiles who saw the country's destiny in terms of the "ghost of empire," rather than where he believed it really lay -- in Asia.

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