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

Walter, M ORCID: 0000-0002-8028-5274 2018 , 'First reconciliation, then a republic - starting with changing the date of Australia Day', in J Watson (ed.), The Converstion Yearbook 2018 , Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria, pp. 220-223.

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Abstract

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 Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Walter, M
Keywords: republic, reconciliation
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
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Copyright 2018 Melbourne University Press

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