Burnside, Sarah: Alternatives to Anzac Day

Burnside, Sarah

What would alternatives to Anzac day look like?Guardian Australia, 23 April 2014

Discusses an ‘alternative national story’ derived from social democratic reforms prior to the Great War, which were interrupted by the destruction and disruption of the war.

If we took greater pride in the eight-hour day (now more honoured in the breach) and a decent living wage (under increasing attack), if egalitarianism were seen as implying more than merely the habit of sitting next to taxi drivers, how different would Australia look? …. Could our “imagined community” be based on solidarity and care?

More than 100 comments, many of which misread the article as an attack on traditional Anzac commemoration.

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