Contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence salutes Independent Australia for challenging the status quo — and Australia for being so challenging.
Australia is a work in progress; as is the World surely and all that dwells atop, below and above it.
Consider the myriad attempts to define what it means to 'be Australian'.
Consider the implications of being 'accused' of being 'un-Australian'.
For some, our Paradise is already lost. For others it will be regained or is simply misplaced.
One thing is clear.
We are a seething mass of contradiction, capable of courageous innovation, breathtaking modernism and a muscular intellect that is contemptuous of acolytes.
And yet these capabilities are often sacrificed on the altar of Mediocrity, that unjealous master so beloved of lazy and malevolent bystanders.
What will we make of Australia? And will it be the making of us?
If you listen carefully, you can hear her heartbeat.
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