Tim Soutphommasane speaks for the others on Australia Day

In the Oz today. And takes on those who are sceptical of cultural diversity:

“…many sceptics believe that defining our identity in terms of civil and political rights and responsibilities involves something too abstract, too sterile. No one, the argument goes, can get excited about citizenship. The true meaning of being Australian lies in loving our sunburnt country, having a good time, playing sport, going to the beach, firing up the barbecue.

The flaws of such an approach are obvious. It would reduce Australia to a beach-loving cultural lifestyle enclave. There would be little, besides perhaps cricket, that would set it apart from California.”

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