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Why Australia Should Have National Service


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Political theorist and Weekend Australian columnist Tim Soutphommasane makes the case for young Australians to participate in national service. In an age of shrinking horizons and rampant individualistic consumerism, what are the prospects of a renewed sense of a common good? Of living together despite differences and disagreements? In a provocative intervention, Soutphommasane suggests we can all start by taking more seriously the responsibilities of citizenship and the burden of solidarity.


Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane is a political theorist and human rights advocate. From 2013 to 2018 he was Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. His previous books include Reclaiming Patriotism, The Virtuous Citizen, Don’t Go Back To Where You Came From and I’m Not... Read more


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