Political debate Australia is starting to remind me of the balls that used to be held at uni halls of residence when I was a student. Rather than some kind of broad discourse we move from one topic to another with the media paying obeisance to an agenda set by the Government with a bit of routine speechifying and media releasing. When I was a student there was the Viceroy’s Ball and we were supposed to dress up as colonials.
Then there was a Revolutionary Ball, where I guess you were supposed to look like Lenin or Robespierre and then an Elizabethan Ball where you came in frilly collars and cuffs.
Likewise, the debate on the teaching of history hasn’t come up in any general debate about education (where it would make most sense) but because it’s come up as the government organised topic du jour.
At least it’s provided the occasion for John Hirst to talk some sense as he so often does.