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Michael Fine & Sally Keeling

In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology

Chapter 40: Social Policies for Ageing Societies: Australasian Perspectives

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Social Policies for Ageing Societies: Australasian Perspectives
Social policies for ageing societies: Australasian perspectives
Introduction
Demography, geography, and the legacies of colonial history in the South West Pacific

Australia and New Zealand are each located on the global periphery, in the South West Pacific. Twinned island state nations separated by the Tasman Sea, they are divided not only by national boundaries but also by important local differences and rivalries arising from their near common history from the time they were settled as British colonies in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. While marked by significant but instructive divergences, the courses they have followed since independence in the early 20th century have nevertheless continued in broad parallel. Their uniqueness and global interest as ageing societies arises from their ...

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