So Who the Bloody Hell Are We?
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Did you know that the MCG has the highest lighting fixtures of a sporting venue on earth, Melbourne’s Symphony Orchestra is widely recognised as one of the best in the Southern Hemisphere, and many of Australia’s finest artists and thinkers are respected on the world stage? Even Oprah says we’re great. Who’s cringing now?
Don Watson is an author, essayist and speechwriter. He is the author of the Quarterly Essay 'Enemy Within: American politics in the time of Trump', and the multi-award-winning American Journeys, amongst others.
Mary Vallentine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Natasha Mitchell is a multi-award winning journalist, presenter and podcaster with the ABC, presenting flagship national programs including Life Matters (2012-2016), founder of the popular show All in the Mind (2002-12), and now a new science, culture and storytelling program, Science Friction on ABC Radio National.
Jim Davidson is an historian and biographer.
National identity is built on the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. What are the defining clichés that make up and shape Australian identity? From the battler to mateship, larrikin spirit to the cry of ‘no worries’, is there any truth to the way we see ourselves or is it all an outdated, self-serving furphy?