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Conversations about Australia Day feel so polarised. David Moir/AAP

How to have a better conversation about Australia Day

Debates around changing the date of Australia Day tend to run afoul of our sense of social identity, but there are ways to cut through and have a good conversation.
Dorothea MacKellar’s My Country, with its paen to a sunburnt landscape, excoriated Australians for their nostalgic love of English ‘grey-blue’ countryside and English weather. Mark Wassell/flickr

Anthems, ‘ranthems’, and otherwise loves: nationalism in Australian poetry

There's a fine tradition of Australian poetry harnessing the corrective power of insult. In doing so, it prompts us to face hard questions about our history and identity.
The painting Group of Natives of Tasmania, 1859, by Robert Dowling. Wikimedia

Explainer: the evidence for the Tasmanian genocide

That colonial wars were fought in Tasmania is irrefutable. More controversially, surviving evidence suggests the British enacted genocidal policies against the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
“Remember, remember the fifth of November”… Andy Wilkes/Flickr

From fireworks to iodine and IQ: the perchlorate connection

A chemical found in products as diverse as fireworks and food packaging, perchlorate can interfere with thyroid function as well as foetal brain development.
Is Nick Kyrgios too difficult – and different – to become an Australian hero? AAP Image/Joe Castro

‘Australian’ enough to be a hero?

Examining our sporting heroes reveals much about ideas of national identity and who is accepted.
Nicole Kidman has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of best supporting actress. Lion/IMDb

Australian cinema for Australia Day

Australian cinema has offered striking, intelligent and forceful evaluations of our national identity. Rather than play an outdated gambling game this Australia Day, why not watch the best of Aussie film?

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