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

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posted on 2023-05-22, 22:40 authored by Margaret WalterMargaret Walter

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.

History

Publication title

The Converstion Yearbook 2018

Editors

J Watson

Pagination

220-223

ISBN

9780522873368

Department/School

DVC - Academic

Publisher

Melbourne University Press

Place of publication

Carlton, Victoria

Extent

8

Rights statement

Copyright 2018 Melbourne University Press

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

The media; Political systems