Informit article: Topographies of an Australian soul?

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Peter Sculthorpe’s music and the myth of the myth of Australian ‘identity’

Over a mellow but full-bodied Italian coffee, and tuned into a Chinese-made but German-designed digital radio, I listened to the Sunday morning ABC news. There were only a few items – most of them about politicians struggling to balance the impossible splits in the desires and values of their constituents – but the top sports story was a rundown of the overnight results of the Giro d’Italia (Italy’s Tour de France) and the fact that one Australian cyclist was placed 125th in the field. Perhaps it was just the coffee, but for me this begged several questions – especially about our so-called Australian identity.

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