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Tatz, Simon: Nationalism wedge

Tatz, Simon

The nationalism wedge‘, Independent Australia, 3 February 2014

Argues that the Abbott Government is linking nationalism with a conservative political agenda. Quotes Benedict Anderson about nations as ‘imagined communities‘. ‘The Abbott Government’, the author claims, ‘is busy trying to create an agenda of people, institutions and symbols that are “Australian” ‒ whatever that actually means ‒  so that those who suggest otherwise are, by default, un-Australian and against “us”’. The article shows footage of the Cronulla riots of 2005 with voice-over from Alan Jones, callers to his program, and commentary at the funeral of Kerry Packer. There are dozens of comments from readers.