Not all people living in Western Australia would automatically identify themselves as being Australian, let alone Western Australian. National and regional identity are impossible to describe in anything but the broadest of generalisations. A second generation Australian of Chinese descent, for example, may have a different understanding of what it is to be Western Australian to that of a Nyungar or an English migrant. A Victorian living in Western Australia may have a completely different perspective.
The physical isolation of Western Australian communities is reflected in the State's history of sporting involvement and its sense of cultural isolation. Distance has fostered a sense of parochialism and separateness. National success, indeed national identity, has often been measured in terms of Western Australian content and Western Australian contributions.
In the 21st century West Australians are looking less to Great Britain, or even to the eastern coast of Australia, and more towards their region:
"because of our isolation, there's a strong achievement focus. Our business sector has been very progressive, for example in south-east Asia and Asia generally. You go back to the 1960s, WA was leading the push into Japan and Korea. I think that our isolation at that level has been a plus because we've worked out that there are new opportunities there that we needed to take up and the protected industries of the east weren't really taking that up. So I think we've been achievement oriented.
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