Settlement and Reconciliation

Arthur Calwell, the former leader of the Australian Labor Party and minister for Immigration since Ben Chifley was a stalwart defender of the White Australia Policy. Calwell, in his 1972 autobiography “Be Just and Fear Not” described his view that an injustice had been done to the Indigenous tribes who…

On Ethnogenesis and Nativism

Nativism in the Australian context is not, and has never been a principle for the extinguishment of ties between Australian identity and our British ethnic heritage. Nativism hinges upon a simple question: Are we Australians of British heritage or are we British people who just happen to be in Australia?…

Dropping the Hyphen

When I was around five or six my parents had some friends over from out of town. I was playing on the classic cityscape carpet when the husband turned and asked me “what are you Rowan?” Enthusiastically I replied “Hungarian!” My father, born in Australia to Hungarian parents, looked at…

Is it about Optics or Honour?

Nativists embrace Australia’s cultural and ethnic heritage not because it’s strategically savvy but because we believe in doing justice to our cultural heritage. We have no interest in casting off the hard-won efforts of the hundreds of years leading to this point to embrace foreign ideology and symbolism. Nationalism intrinsically…

How the Murray was Won

Throughout history positive change has been accomplished by men who acted. It wasn’t delivered by men who were purely eloquent at speech or who could most effectively plead victimhood at the challenges they faced. The heights of the success achieved by our forefathers was drawn through noble endurance, unbreakable commitment,…