We need a robust patriotism, not ‘my country, right or wrong’

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Love can be hard to explain. There’s no formula to how it works, but you know it when it’s there. You know when it moves you, or when it gets you worked up.

  • Tim Soutphommasane
  • The Age

What’s true for a love of a person is also true for a love of country. Most of us will have an affection for Australia. It isn’t always something we find easy to express. Emotions rarely are.

Patriotism comes in many forms. The Australian kind can be as much about a connection with the landscape, as it is about history and family. For others, it can be something that is civic and…

More often than not, it involves a…

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