By John Butcher
The Australian kingdom is a piece in growth. So finish the authors whose perspectives are represented during this most modern delivering within the ANZSOG monograph sequence, Australia lower than development: Nation-building earlier, current and destiny. From its beginnings as a settler society via to offer day matters approximately ‘broadbanding the nation’, the nation-building narrative has resonated with Australians. The very proposal of nation-building has either excited the preferred mind's eye approximately what we would in attaining as a society and a state, and has occasioned depression approximately overlooked possibilities. The 11 authors contributing to this monograph examine those, and different subject matters from quite a few views. They problem our figuring out of the time period ‘nation-building’, contemplate its modern relevance as a framework for public coverage or even re-appraise the contribution of previous ‘iconic’ nation-building endeavours. To this topic the authors carry intelligence, wit and a fit disdain for sacred cows. A stimulating learn for a person drawn to the historical past, demanding situations and customers of nation-building in Australia.
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But the Hawke and Keating Governments were radical in much the same way that the four Howard governments have been. As with the Thatcher 18 In the wake of economic reform … new prospects for nation-building? governments, radical governments want to ‘crash through’ and if necessary destroy existing institutions to get their way and overcome what the reformers love to call ‘institutional inertia’. 4 His words were, ‘If you stop pedalling the bike falls over’. He was speaking explicitly about the dynamics of change as an advocate for top-down, ‘crash-through’ economic functionalism.
Interestingly, in the 2005 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes we hear a huge 76% of respondents agreeing with the proposition that ‘when big businesses break the law they go unpunished’. About 60% thought that the federal government is run not for ‘the benefit of the people’ but entirely, or mostly, ‘for the benefit of a few big interests looking out for themselves’. The AES survey put the number at 67% in 2004. My Middle Australia study shows that middle Australia is interested in politics and cares about ‘the Nation’.
2 What was needed, he said, was a stronger, more positive national story for Australian schools. Such a position isn’t surprising. Many Australians share the view that a nationally affirming history education is essential for national cohesion and identity — essential for nation-building, in fact. My concern is that any understanding of history education as ‘nation-building’ actually reduces the capacity for critical reflection and understanding among students; and that these are the very qualities of citizenship that we should be fostering in a democracy.