Land of Plenty, by Amanda Nettelbeck (Inside Story)

Is the federal government looking for too much unity in a country nourished by difference? This is the question examined in Amanda Nettelbeck's recently published Inside Story essay.

What are Australian values? That’s a question the Department of Home Affairs has begun asking would-be citizens to consider more deeply. According to the department’s latest guide, Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond, citizenship doesn’t just bestow a set of rights and responsibilities; it is also grounded in “shared values” and the “expression of these values in everyday life.” …

Published by Inside Story: “Privileges and benefits”: immigration minister Arthur Calwell greets migrants from Southern Europe arriving on the SS Misr in 1947. Sydney Morning Herald

Read Amanda's essay here