The Art of the Australian Insult

Firing up downmarket nationalism
February 19, 2009, 7:15 am
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The media have engaged in ambulance chasing on a grand scale over the appalling bushfires. It is accompanied by flag-draping nationalism of the “Aussie spirit” type.

Why can’t we mature a bit and recognise that in adversity the best and sometimes the worst is brought out in people? It is not an “Australian” thing when good deeds are done, but a reflection of our shared humanity. This is universal. We don’t cite the misdeeds of looters, arsonists and scam artists as reflecting the Aussie spirit.

Maybe one day we can aspire to something a bit higher than downmarket nationalism.”

David Barr Balgowlah, letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.


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