The Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry into Nationhood, National Identity and Democracy (the Inquiry).
The Academy is the national body for the humanities in Australia, championing the contribution humanities, arts and culture make to national life. Our work aims to ensure ethical, historical and cultural perspectives inform discussions regarding Australia’s future challenges and opportunities.
Our submission chiefly addresses the following Inquiry Terms of Reference (ToR):
(c) social cohesion and cultural identity in the nation state
(e) contemporary notions of cultural identity, multiculturalism and regionalism.
This submission outlines key issues and areas where humanities expertise stands to make a major contribution to conceptualising the problems and working towards solutions associated with these ToR.