Good on Quadrant for staying upbeat after that hoax debacle – providing an incredibly clever Australia Day list of all the things we hate.
On Australia Day, here is my list of things I hate:
- People who think you can’t be a patriot without being a nationalist.
- People who think you can’t be a patriot while talking about our current shortcomings.
- People who think you can’t be a patriot while talking about the dark parts of our history.
- People who think you can’t be a patriot while talking about how the country might be improved.
It’s a great country we live in. That doesn’t mean it is perfect, has been perfect or even will be perfect. And on a day that has been designated as the occasion to celebrate our nationhood, some reflection on where we’ve been, where we stand and where we are going is not unreasonable. It also doesn’t mean it’s a day where there is a single definition of who and what is Australian, and who and what is not or un-Australian.
So get over it.