Australia Day is a day for a snooze, not a flag

By Jack Waterford
Updated April 24 2018 - 10:59pm, first published January 20 2017 - 6:47pm

With any luck, Australia Day on Thursday could be the most boring for a decade, just the prelude to a hot soporific long weekend then to the effective beginnings of the school and working year. The sort of Australia Day we once loved, before it was taken over by a public relations and bullshit industry. No orgies of flag-waving, agonies of pseudo-patriotic martial or sporting display, no bombast from self-appointed owners of an imagined Australian tradition, and little of that language of inclusion and exclusion that makes many of the best Australians feel like vomiting in the nearest garbage bin.

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