Colonial life during the time of the first settlement in Australia was depicted as confusing and somewhat bewildering through Jackie French’s novel Nanberry, through three main characters of Bennelong, Surgeon White and Nanberry this theme is made clear for the viewer to understand, even though at some points it may have appeared that there was just misunderstanding or miscommunication, confusion was the way that colonial life was ultimately
From the quote mentioned above, Comparably, our Australian identity that is also exhibited in the film, is emphasized. We, as a nation, believe that we are compassionate, resilient, accepting and that in times of need we will come together and unite as one. This is the true Australian identity. However, from other countries perspectives, Us, Australians are conveyed as being racist, disrespectable and that we are not accepting.
INTRODUCTION Luke Slattery’s article, Equality movement gains support in unlikely places, highlights the mounting concern about rising economic inequality within our society. Changeable human behaviour makes the issue of solving inequality not only very complex, but practically impossible. Through the analysis of both socially democratic and neoliberal systems, and of Australia’s current economic capabilities, I have determined that Slattery’s suggestion of adopting social democracy for the Australian system, despite being beneficial in increasing equality, is simply not feasible. PARAGRAPH 1 Slattery’s is only one voice suggesting that rising inequality needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. George Sher’s “Equality for Inegalitarians”
The notion of responsibility for actions is also exemplified in Pearson 's speech, as he presents an argument that the Australian community should take responsibility for Australia 's past injustices. Pearson expresses the need for the Australian community to have a sense of responsibility through pathos and repetition as he subtly instils a sense of guilt within the Australian community. Furthermore, Pearson continues to respond to the audience 's pathos in the use of irony, "For how can we as a contemporary community in 1996 share and celebrate in the achievements of the past, indeed feel responsibility for and express pride in aspects of our past, and not feel responsibility for and express shame in relation to other aspects of the past?” His statement is hard-hitting and causes the audience to reconsider their neglect towards the idea of holding responsibility for Colonial Australia 's actions. These speeches were able to reflect the statement that significant and valued speeches are able to transcend its immediate context as they have become a stepping stone in Australian society by influencing a change to reflect our values, evidently seen through former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd’s
John Brack was not only one of Australia’s most notorious artists through the artwork in which he created, but was also a pioneer for many art forms today, that embody everyday elements of the Australian people in a modern artistic form. One of the biggest takeaways I got from learning about Brack was his participation and movement of the antipodean art group. The antipodeans were a group of seven modern Australian painters who included Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval, Clifton Pugh and John Brack. Their artwork stressed the importance of figurative art and protested against standard abstract expressionism. Their underlying motive and art trend favored the embracement of “unique Australia”, based
We are one, but we are many These lyrics from Bruce Woodley’s iconic song ‘I am Australian’ encapsulate the essence of the Australian identity: unity, equality and a fair go for all. However, underneath the surface of our seemingly egalitarian society, the statement ‘we are many’ is the only one that remains. We are a nation divided. Divided by the historic mistreatment of the first inhabitants of our land.
Para 1 - Chris Kenny introduces the controversial topic of Australia Day by suggesting that it isn’t what it used to be, once a “phlegmatic and relaxed” celebration of our achievements, now it has become a day in which we must “express your guilt for generations past”. “Sadly Australia Day has become a day of sanctimony” attacks those who view the day, and life in general, in an ultra politically correct light, stating the “new breed of Australian” must “speak in approved phrases” in order to prevent from offending someone. Kenny exposes this behaviour through appealing to the tradition and customs of Australians who may be reluctant to accept this behaviour, mirrored by his romanticising of the past, “Our nation was founded in a spirit of optimism and co-operation”, positions the audience to see the absurdity of this way of thinking, and align themselves with more old fashioned notions. It is this notion however, Martin Flanagan believes, will “drive us apart” showing that the view Kenny portrays would create a “divide” in our country. Explained in “The Problem with Australia Day”, Flanagan gives insight into the history of our national day, aligning audiences to concur with the evidence, which states John Howard is the instigator of Australia Day as we know it today.
It seems as though Australians are fearful, but what of? We appear to be nervous of controversy but our evasion of important issues may be our undoing, as we become known as a nation of prejudice and ignorance. A misplaced ignorance considering Australia has an extremely well developed educational system, yet a vast majority of the population seem immensely ill informed. Our educational proficiency proves that contemporary Australia is capable of overcoming the sexism, homophobia and racism present within our society but only if we chose to pay attention.
A large majority of Australians have been presented with a version of Australian history that has minimised and ignored important events regarding Aboriginal people that include many violent and painful deaths that until recently have been hidden quietly. History is extremely important in forming cultural identity which in turn leads to an increased sense of security and belonging. Therefore a need for shared history is required in Australia for recognising the history of both Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people (Gore, 2008). When studying the history of Australia it is important to recognise that it is a shared history. The shared history of Australia acknowledges that the history of Australia began long before the British started to
1. Introduction The Australian Identity, as portrayed by the media is known and can be defined to many as a laid back egalitarian country. In the report written about Australian identity ( 'The Australian Identity ') it is said that often, the Australian identity is talked about but not clearly defined. This brings to attention the that even though the whole world knows of the Australian identity a clear definition does not exist. This report aims to achieve the understanding of numerous
The nation (Australia) is constantly looking for a person/group of people to follow. The underprivileged are stuck in the midst and subsequently, they feel a sense of inequality. Noonuccal accentuates the auditory effect of the underprivileged, in an attempt to evoke a depressing or compassionate feeling towards them from the reader through the use of imagery in the ‘underprivileged call’. The use of personification in ‘unfriendly doors’ displays how the statesman can force the ‘unfriendly doors’ to groups of people in which he dislikes, which shows how mean and unfriendly Australians can be.
Everything has its own pros and cons. Multiculturalism has its own cons too. Racism, is the worst part about multiculturalism. Some people believe that, if people have come over to Australia they must adapt the Australian culture. Some people find it hard to understand that it doesn’t matter if you’re a Hindu or Christian, the only thing that matters is if you’re a good human being.
But the racist decisions are being corrected, racist ways of our past are being noticed and we are apologising for those times. The social in-adaption and un-acceptance of aboriginals was one of our biggest issues that our nation faced, now they live with us, around us, they are our neighbours. Although Australia is inherently racist, it is slowly changing for the
Regrettably, the impacts of colonisation have had detrimental effects on the Indigenous cultures remaining within Australia, being effected largely by media stereotypes and false accusations. Understandably, a mistrust for the government has developed throughout generations within Aboriginal communities, as years of slavery, pain, grief, depression and sorrow were caused by the Australian