Who are we as a nation? Here is what the hard times have revealed

Dr Rebecca Huntley is a social researcher, author of numerous books and has written for magazines and newspapers for decades. She is an environmentalist and avid hiker. She loves exploring small towns and natural places across Australia.

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Comments (6)
  • Maria Lennartz says:

    Very much a political comment. Not really what is expected from Australian Traveller!! If you are that interested in politics, get involved yourself.

  • suzanne says:

    We have just crawled out of Covid Madness to end up being one of the top 5 Vaccinated Nations in the World, but this article reflecting what some Sudanese guy’s impression of Home and Away was I find truly melancholy. Lighten up ! What’s Australia like ? – Rachel, try listening to ‘Macca on a Sunday morning’ and you’ll find it full of interesting, involved people from all walks of Life living the dream. Low on confidence ? that just seems to fit in with a self loathing viewpoint ‘ some ‘ Lweft leaning Aussies like pontificating on. There are millions of people in the outer suburbs and regions who quite like Australia, nothing is perfect but they would not want to live anywhere else.

  • Carolyn Whyte says:

    WOW! This is powerful -and brilliantly written. I am so relieved to read back my own thoughts, prides, frustrations and fears expressed so articulately by someone with the knowledge and research to back it up. Huge congratulations Rebecca. Let’s hope that Australians can collectively get moving and get this happening. Back to manufacturing, buying Australian and coming up with the best possible energy solutions for us (and the planet).


  • Helke says:

    As a migrant of 50 years ago and eventually proud Australian citizen I cannot agree with you more. It makes me sad that when it comes to choose our leaders, many of my fellow Australians vote for security in the here and now rather than for bold visions in the future (one example is our superannuation system that was long overdue when it came in and needs to be upgraded). Can you please make sure that politicians in the Labour party read your article. They attempted to be visionary last time, but now seem to be very timid. I believe the population may just about be ready to embrace solid, fact-based ideas that catapult Australia out of the digging and selling mentality into an exciting, creative space….with a little help and support from the government.

  • Sonia Fingleton says:

    These reflections on research and natural disasters share little research or reflection on the core beliefs of our citizens, their attitudes to religion and other key values that shape the fabric of a society. I would have liked to see more about who we are, deeper, in our hearts, and what we want for our children from a moral and spiritual perspective. What are the ground rules for the future and what can we draw from the diverse cultural mix that makes up our population. There is much to learn and share.

  • Ilona Tar says:

    Such a good read, so many poignant, relatable insights. “I want more. More for my kids, for my community and for my country.” I heard this very sentiment lamented by many 30-something Aussie expats living in Singapore when I there. We had the example of their benign dictatorship and 20 year national master plan, accessible to its people. Very reassuring. They already had a purpose built air-borne pandemic hospital, as an example, which alone reduced people’s anxiety enormously when Covid hit …
    This piece really highlights how lucky we are to call Australia home (love the Home and Away reflection) with a few solid tweaks we could really soar