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  1. Clivosaurus - Chapter 16

    A RIGHTFUL PLACE Correspondence Paul Kelly Noel Pearson with eloquence ... That is, by definition, a political and constitutional issue. It is also, however, something greater: a spiritual and conscience issue ... He suggests this is the ultimate meaning of constitutional recognition of Australia’s indigenous peoples and this will make “a more complete commonwealth.” This should become Abbott’s script. He could ... about the referendum’s components goes to the question of race. In many ways this is his single most important argument in the essay. ...


  2. Clivosaurus - Chapter 10

    A RIGHTFUL PLACE  Correspondence Megan Davis I penned this response in ... and degradation looks like, let alone feels like. A Rightful Place paints a compelling picture of this. It connects Australia’s colonial history to the contemporary push for constitutional recognition and in doing so reveals why talk of symbolic recognition alone is ... I note that this statute and this Old Man delivered more to Aboriginal people and Aboriginal rights than anything or anyone else. ... they will have a fight on their hands. Deleting the word “race” is simply preserving the status quo, maintaining the structural ... this and well worth reading. People wanted to talk about the Commonwealth budget cuts, the impact of which were acutely felt in the ...


  3. Appeasing Jakarta - Chapter 7

    ... of our past: on history in Australia (Stephen Matchett); race relations in Australian history (Keith Windschuttle, Glen McLaren, Alan ... the probable culprit’s home territory, and to kill 10 more. The heads of those slain were to be cut off, put in the bags provided and ... and typically avoids simplification. On this particular issue, however, I think he nods. If we look closely, we notice several odd ... nor an assimilationist – he neither expected nor desired complete Aboriginal integration – but perhaps Australia’s first ... between the indigenous population and the rest of us: to the recognition of the injuries they have suffered generation by generation, and to ... also in politics, ‘Well – his heart’s in the right place, but he can’t count.’ In a democracy it is necessary to be able to ...


  4. Appeasing Jakarta - Chapter 10

    ... subject matter of private conversation.Yet there is an even more important reason why partisan accounts of private conversations have no place in public disputes. In private conversation, most of us pull our punches ... were suffering from ‘false memory syndrome’. This is a complete invention. In Betraying the Victims it was he who was so ... pretend that this was not the case? The most important issue of contention between Brunton and myself concerns the issue of genocide ... was to ‘breed out the colour’ and destroy the Aboriginal race (it was assumed full-bloods would die off anyway), the practice amounted ... matters. Is there any word in the above that shows recognition that in the policies and practices of Aboriginal child removal a ...


  5. Girt By Sea - Chapter 15

    ... the two old frontiersmen who featured in that book, have no place in this debate about America and Australia, and I can only presume he ... my case, and even his point about Strzelecki and McMillan is more useful than he thinks. He says my book rectified the mistaken view ... hidden or denied. Something like this seems to me the real issue in the debate about Australia’s “identity”. It’s less about the ... bobbing perilously through the chop and swell; the sound of race-callers on a Saturday afternoon; fruit bats flying in the Sydney twilight; ... capital and labour reached in the first decade of the Commonwealth. But one could hardly expect to model an economy for the ... affections are attached. It’s like the voters’ need for recognition which, as governments found to their cost in the ’90s, is ...


  6. Relaxed & Comfortable - Chapter 2

    ... for him. This is an election-night ritual, but it can be more or less convincingly done. Menzies did it seven more times before he ... interest. Here is Alfred Deakin, launching the first Commonwealth Liberal Party in the Melbourne Town Hall in 1909:  This is ... party unity. Their opponents forced a vote on the wedge issue of the day, free trade versus protection, and Labor’s parliamentary ... of the State, and which was to give way was the delicate issue.” Deakin of course hoped it would be Labor, accepting that its future ... same time Liberals deeply resented being forced into such a recognition, and refused to accept its legitimacy as a mode of understanding ... away from their class allegiances, talking to them in the place where they felt most themselves, the kitchens and lounge rooms of their ... in their children their greatest contribution to the human race. The home is the foundation of sanity and sobriety; it is the ...