Guardian Australia

Paul Daley / January 2017


...Asked if he feels his 2016 Australia Day message might have been unduly provocative to proud Australians, Chun says: "Of course you're asking about those 'reasonable' and good natured Australians who aren't necessarily bigoted or particularly invested in white privilege, but simply have a proud and wholesome love of Australia Day. Well, that's not a tenable position. Intellectually, there is no such thing as 'sitting on the fence'. To claim neutrality is to cast a firm vote for the status quo. In this case, the status quo is a deliberate annual reassertion of colonialism. Australia Day can be enjoyed with vulgar complicity or contrived ignorance, but the ritual is fraudulent and completely indefensible."...

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