So Who the Bloody Hell Are We?
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Paul Hogan and Shane Warne. Ned Kelly and Russell Crowe. Footballers, diggers, shearers and cobbers. Matter of fact I’ve got it now. Australian masculinity is most often presented as an uncomplicated beast: stoic, sports-loving, beer-drinking, emotion-hiding, hard-working, authority-bucking, laconic. We know what an Aussie man looks like. Or do we?
Craig Reucassel was a founding editor of The Chaser newspaper. With the Chaser he has gone on to do shows on the ABC such as The Election Chaser, CNNNN and The Chaser’s War on Everything.
Michael Cathcart presents the radio show, Books and Arts Daily for Radio National.
Craig Sherborne is an acclaimed memoirist, novelist, poet and playwright, best known for Hoi Polloi, Muck and The Amateur Science of Love.
Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author, journalist and thought-leader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States. She is author of nine books, including the classic Damned Whores and God's Police, Ducks on the Pond, The Lost Mother, and The Misogyny Factor.
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to mateship, larrikin spirit to the cry of ‘no worries’, is there any truth to the way we see ourselves or is it all an outdated, self-serving furphy?