Australia is becoming the lonely country.

We are a nation in transition but a nation adamant to avoid change.

We are a nation void of introspection but one capable of finding fault in others.

We are a nation rooted to colonial history rather than acknowledging our hidden heritage.

We are a nation that mocks the values of another whilst remaining boastful of our own.

We are a nation fearful of arrivals and we reject new ideas.

We are a nation that causes hurt, pain and suffering.

We are a nation that excludes, displaces and vilifies.

We are a nation that has forgotten who we are.


When did we forget our motto of a Fair Go?

When did we lose our compassion for those in need?

When did we become so arrogant so as to treat minorities with disdain?

When did we stop celebrating diversity and the acceptance of difference?

When did we forget to listen instead of arguing?

When did we lose our trust, mateship and respect?

We are a nation that has forgotten who we are.


There is beauty in this country.

There is love in this country.

There is laughter in this country.

There is warmth in this country.

So,

Why do we not share the richness of our culture?

Why do we not share the beat of our hearts?

Why do we not share in the enjoyment of another’s company?

Why do we not share in the embrace of our collective histories?

We are a nation that has forgotten who we are.


Remember that we all arrived here.*

Remember that we all look to belong.

Remember that we all look for acceptance.

Remember that we all can listen and learn from each other.

Remember that a smile can change a world.

Remember that a nation carries the identity of many, not just of one.

Remember who our nation is and accept who we all are.

For if we do forget,

We all lose and we become a lonely country.


*And recognise that some were here before the first arrival.

Inspiration for this piece has been drawn from personal observations of cultural exclusion through the exercise of “Australian” cultural superiority. The themes throughout are by no means exclusive to the Australian context however, with many of these comments applicable to other privileged countries throughout the world.

Further inspiration came from this thought provoking article (of a similar name) from Melbourne University describing how Australia’s narrow sense of national identity may isolate us on an international level.


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