A decade of wedge politics has left many confused about the common ground, as they retreat into like-minded communities. This can be affirming, but fear and envy can also flourish.
This can be affirming, but fear and envy can also flourish.
Are these divisions inevitable, necessary, or desirable? Can empathy be learnt? Is a civil civic conversation possible, or are retreating into defensive ghettos?
What is the role of the arts in challenging this retreat? Is this a moral issue or an economic one, can the two be separated?
Is a new Australian ethos emerging – if so what is it?
To what extent is the political environment responsible for these divisions – or a product of them?
Writers include:Margaret Simons, Frank Moorhouse, Robyn Williams, Ann Curthoys, Julian Burnside, Marion Halligan, Carmel Bird, Matthew Condon, Merle & Sigrid Thornton, Melissa Lucashenko and many more.