National identity


Report of the Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy

This report acknowledges the enduring successes of Australian democracy. It is important to also understand the social changes that have posed new challenges to democratic participation and stability. The committee believes that this report demonstrates why Australia’s democratic institutions matter, and why reinvigorating them is...

Australian values and the enduring importance of the nation-state

This report, submitted to the Australian Senate inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy, contributes to the current debate about the role of national identity and international cooperation in Australian politics by placing Australia’s national values in their historic context, and arguing for their continued...
Conference paper

Soldiers and school children

Early royal visits to New Zealand were episodes of intense symbolic activity played out on an urban scale. These events are generally understood as affirmations of British identity. However, this paper shows how the Prince of Wales’ 1920 tour of New Zealand was also used...
Briefing paper

Te Pūtake o Te Riri

This briefing paper considers the legacies of the New Zealand Wars and how they feature in the national consciousness.

The new New Zealanders: why migrants make good kiwis

When it comes to immigration, a natural but complicated question to ask is: “Is immigration good for New Zealand?” There are a number of ways immigration affects New Zealand and New Zealanders, and a number of concerns and fears New Zealanders have about immigration. This...
Journal article

Like a child with two parents: race, religion and royalty on the Siam-Malaya Frontier, 1895-1902

Abstract: Since 1957, Malaysian public life has been organized around a historic conflation of three important political themes: “race, religion and royalty”, or “3R”, all of which are purportedly championed and defended by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). This article explores how this conflation...

Advisory report on the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015

Terms of reference On 24 June 2015, the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 was referred to the Committee by the Attorney-General. The Attorney-General asked the Committee to also consider whether proposed section 35A of the Bill (the conviction-based cessation) should apply retrospectively...

Combating racism, reclaiming patriotism

In this speech at the Australian National University, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, reflects "on the state of racism in Australian society – in particular some of the emerging challenges we face in combating prejudice, bigotry and discrimination.

Australian attitudes towards national identity: citizenship, immigration and tradition

Examines the results of the latest ANUpoll on Australian attitudes towards 'what it means to be Australian'. Introduction National identity and what it means to be ‘Australian’ regularly influence the political and public debate in Australia, but they are not always clearly defined. This study...