New Australia

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New Australia

the colony on socialist principles founded by William Lane in Paraguay in 1893
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These same themes were drawn upon by Lane in his explications of the motivations behind the New Australia movement. In essence, the movement was a condemnation of the corrupting effects of capitalist 'civilisation' which had brought with it land monopolisation and competition between workers over work and wages.
(30) Paraguay was attractive to the settlers for economic reasons, however, and in this regard the Paraguayan government played a large role in determining the final settlement site of the New Australia movement. The War of the Triple Alliance (1864-70)--fought between Paraguay and the alliance of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay--devastated Paraguay and precipitated a change in government that led to a wave of laissez-faire economic reforms premised on extensive privatisation.
It was as such not written for the New Australia movement, but it formed the centre piece of information about Paraguay in informing the views of the Australian colonists prior to their departure from Australia.

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