New research shows how prime ministers typically frame national identity on Australia day: it’s largely male, heterosexual, white and lacking class distinctions.
As the debate around celebrating Australia Day on January 26 continues, new research shows Australians have mixed views of it as a national day.
The current choice of date for Australia Day is symbolic of the country we used to be – not the one we hope to become.
As it becomes ever more entangled in battles over the meaning of our history, Australia Day will find it difficult to foster common belonging and social cohesion.
To finally succeed, the idea of an Indigenous voice to parliament must be argued as one that is fundamentally democratic.