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The key difference between nationalism in the US and Australia

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29.09.2019

Perhaps in light of the crazy endless hell-spin that world news has become – the way events have come to seem no different or separate from any others but simply part of a constant lurid blur – last week all the stops were pulled out to grab our attention.

In Britain, the Supreme Court found Prime Minister Boris Johnson had acted unlawfully. In America, efforts to impeach President Donald Trump sped up. And that same President ridiculed a 16-year-old girl whose speech at the United Nations dominated news bulletins across the globe.

Our own Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in the United States at the same time as all three of these historically important figures, seemed calm and preached the calmness that he practised. Speaking to the media, he warned against “raising the anxieties of children in our country” on climate change, saying he was speaking not just as a prime minister but “as a parent”.

But here is the question the Prime Minister was answering, in full: “Prime Minister, Greta Thunberg. She’s warning of impending extinction. Her message to you and other leaders is ‘how dare you?’ What’s your response?” In other words, the question was about governments. Morrison did answer the question, defending Australia’s actions. Then he pivoted to talking about how Australian children should be brought up.

It was one of three........

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