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First reconciliation, then a republic - starting with changing the date of Australia Day


Walter, M, First reconciliation, then a republic - starting with changing the date of Australia Day, The Converstion Yearbook 2018, Melbourne University Press, J Watson (ed), Carlton, Victoria, pp. 220-223. ISBN 9780522873368 (2018) [Other Book Chapter]

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I have always been rather taken with Gary Larson’s Far Side cartoon which depicts a man getting out of bed in the morning, reading a very large poster on his wall that says:

First pants, then your shoes.

This stating of an obvious but critical ordering of events has salience for the debate over whether Australia should become a republic. Reconciliation between the Settler and First Nations populations is a self-evident prerequisite for Australia cutting the ties of colonial dependency with Britain to stand on our own.

If we can’t work out that we need to complete the peacemaking between Indigenous Australians – the sole occupiers of the Australian continent for upwards of 60,000 years – and those whose ancestors arrived at or post-1788, we are not ready to be a republic.

Item Details

Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:republic, reconciliation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political theory and political philosophy
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Maggie Walter)
ID Code:136473
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:DVC - Academic
Deposited On:2019-12-23
Last Modified:2019-12-23

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