Although politicians claim to place a great deal of importance on the idea of the fair go, there are still significant ways in which Australian society seems to depart from this idea.
Having moved so far from its origins in 1788, perhaps Australia Day should now be a celebration of Australian 'ordinariness'.
The marking of our national day has long been fraught, and this year is no exception.
Examining our sporting heroes reveals much about ideas of national identity and who is accepted.
Protesting about Australia Day is a smokescreen to obscure the real problems that many Aboriginal Australians face today.
Historians may not be the media stars they were in the 1980s, but understanding our history remains vital to understanding ourselves.