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Reflections on Gallipoli

[Sent this to several places, but no-one wants to publish it apparently.  Might try an edited version closer to Anzac Day.  For overseas readers, the disastrous, failed 1915 assault on Turkey in WWI is supposed to mark the time Australia’s colonies, federated in 1901,  “became a nation”.  Working on a book on Australian politics, hence rather quiet on this site.  Perhaps I’ll put up an extract or two.]

My many misgivings around the Gallipoli Centenary were crystallised by the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Canberra performance of Reflections on Gallipoli, now playing around the country.  Though many annually grieve with a full heart the loss of so many young men, and do so simply “lest we forget”, the Gallipoli legend has also been twisted and misused.

Gallipoli was not the start of our nation. Simply revisiting the horror does not heal the wound. We seem to have learnt nothing about futile wars. We neglect constructive attempts, then and now, to avoid war.

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Indigenous Wisdom in Our Midst

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How should non-Aboriginal Australians relate to our indigenous people and their culture?  Should we bother?  What should we “do” about Aboriginal “problems”?

I have learnt over a longish life that when we get to the essence of seemingly difficult or intractable issues there can be simple answers.  Simple, though not necessarily easy.  Challenging perhaps, but ways forward can be readily identified.  So it is proving with my own, fairly recent experience with Aboriginal culture and people.

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