The spirit of Australia? We’re all in trouble!


Wallabies star Radike Samo with the two fans in blackface, who attended the game courtesy of Qantas.

Wallabies star Radike Samo with the two fans in blackface, who attended the game courtesy of Qantas.

I’VE ALWAYS believed that self-praise is not really any recommendation. Which goes some way to explaining why I’ve never really believed that Qantas is actually ‘the spirit of Australia’.

Until now. [Read more…]

A column about the First Boat Peoples of our nation


Boat-peopleAUSTRALIANS have to hate somebody. We’re famous for it. In the 1960s and 70s, we hated the ‘Eyeties’ (Italians, for those too young to remember, which includes me). Then it was the Greeks. In the late 80s, and early 90s we turned on the Vietnamese. Then during the ‘Noughties’ we discovered how much we hated the Lebanese. Today, it’s the Sudanese.

None of this, of course, should surprise. [Read more…]

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