Novel politics

Federation and everything it encompassed, like workers’ rights, the welfare safety net and suffrage, and not the criminal Gallipoli landings, constituted the birth of Australian nationhood. Yeah, I’ve always had a thing about 1 January 1901 and why the Founding Fathers – after years of bush pioneering and forging governance out of the wretched, miserable Pommy penal colonies that were filled with political prisoners – were much more important than the King and Country cannon-fodder Anzacs.

Daniel Slattery, fictional Labor Leader, in Challenge, by Paul Daley

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