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Australian history is an endangered species, and it's endangering us all : Comments

By Jonathan Swan, published 19/8/2011

Our best minds spend too much time abroad and not enough in their own backyard.

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What a lot of shallow twaddle from a narrow perspective. How about broadening an authorís perspective on life by other types of history. A reading of Nature, Nurture and Chance: The Lives of Frank and Charles Fenner might be a useful step onto a broader spectrum
Posted by colinsett, Friday, 19 August 2011 7:28:44 AM
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Given the fact that all but one of the author's examples are from the last twenty years, this sounds like an argument against the study of history and for the study of contemporary politics.
Posted by Godo, Friday, 19 August 2011 8:49:10 AM
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The author's mind is arid (full of assumptions about overseas supremacy) not willing to connect with Australian intellectual life or our history.

I was lucky enough to have the late John Ritchie teach me Australian history http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/ritchie-john-13511 . He was the most popular lecturer at ANU - who made our history and politics shine.

Pete
Posted by plantagenet, Friday, 19 August 2011 9:19:34 AM
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Australian politicts have become distorted over the decades, especially in the last 4 decades.

The seal on our 'Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900' is the valid seal and is part of the Constitution. It is the only valid seal for any Act in Australia.

The counterfeit seal on the "Criminal Code 1995", it is the stylized seal of the private Corporation which has absolutely no authority.

We are bound only to laws made by the Parliament of the Commonwealth under the Constitution - Not under a corporation seal and an enaction manner and form of Parliament of Australia enacts.

You see we are only bound to laws made by the Parliament of the Commonwealth under the Constitution with the valid seal Not under a corporation counterfeit invalid seal and enaction manner and form of Parliament of Australia enacts.

The High Court of Australia, Decision - Re Wakin [1999]
HCA 27; 198 CLR 511; 163 ALR270; 73 ALIR 839 (17 June 1999) Kirby JJ stated - "A legislature cannot, by pre-ambular assertions, recite itself into constitutional power where none exists. [239]

In simple words Judge Kirby of the High Court of Australia is telling us that the Parliament of Australia is NOT working UNDER any Constitution. In other words they have NO AUTHORITY - absolutely nothing. Any Act that does NOT have proper lawful SEAL UNDER the ("Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act" passed on 9th July 1900 and entered into the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 1st January 1901) in any State, IS INVALID.
Posted by gypsy, Friday, 19 August 2011 9:30:10 AM
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Agree on Ramsey - I used to look forward to his weekly SMH column. He had a prodigious historical perspective so lacking from much of today's journalism.
Posted by Dallen, Friday, 19 August 2011 10:23:05 AM
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I do wish people had a longer historical perspective. I don't think this will naturally lead to more humane values.
Posted by Evan Hadkins, Friday, 19 August 2011 11:19:00 AM
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