Can Australia ever have sovereign borders? We never really have and the porosity is ancient.

A simple Google search reveals that as an adjective sovereign means 'possessing supreme or ultimate power. These words are also offered as synonyms: supreme, absolute, unlimited, unrestricted, unrestrained, unbounded, boundless, infinite, ultimate, total, unconditional, full, utter, paramount. Powerful as the invocation of sovereign might be the simple answer to the question 'Can Australia Ever Have … Continue reading Can Australia ever have sovereign borders? We never really have and the porosity is ancient.

Belonging places

Recently I posted this short clip of what I thought were Cockatoos, on Facebook. Then I was sitting over lunch with some friends visiting from Indonesia when they flew overhead in a cacophony of sound. Birds in flight from maximos62 on Vimeo. “Kakatua”, I exclaimed, for my Indonesian friends. Then my wife Catherine commented. “I … Continue reading Belonging places

A few thoughts on teaching about #Indigenous #Australia

A short while back I started reading The Greatest Estate on Earth - How Aborigines Made Australia. What a remarkable book this is. Its author, Bill Gammage, systematically deconstructs the convenient myth of Aboriginal backwardness in this excellent history. He accumulates layer upon layer of historical source material, drawn from the casual observations of European … Continue reading A few thoughts on teaching about #Indigenous #Australia

Unravelling the Mystery of Lake George: the vanishing lakei

After a morning of working in the garden it’s a relief to be out of the wind. Right now it’s blowing at 50 km/h and gusting to 59km/h. These spring wind gusts stir up a lot of fallen flowers and pollens, so all the while I was working outside digging, sweeping and planting I had … Continue reading Unravelling the Mystery of Lake George: the vanishing lakei

Pecha Kucha as an antidote to writers block #TMSydney

The second #TMSydney Virtual TeachMeet was held this past week with the theme “Let’s do the Time Warp!” The intention was to focus on what one would say to their first-year-teacher-self if they had the opportunity to travel back in time. The event itself drifted somewhat on to other equally important areas, but I managed … Continue reading Pecha Kucha as an antidote to writers block #TMSydney

The #ParthenonMarblesAustralia Website is Now Live

Last night the new website of the International Organising Committee - Australia - For The Restitution Of The Parthenon Marbles, was launched at the Athenian Restaurant, Sydney.   Designed by Dennis Tritaris from Orama Communications, I believe it represents a new standard in website design.  Dennis has created a website that has the potential to … Continue reading The #ParthenonMarblesAustralia Website is Now Live

#SMH not telling the full story on the #weather and #climate

Once I bought the magnificent broadsheet sized Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), in fact I considered it the mark of a true Sydneysider to be able to manipulate its wide spread while standing on a crowded bus. Lots have changed since those days.  I seldom buy copies of the SMH these days. In fact I can't … Continue reading #SMH not telling the full story on the #weather and #climate

What do we do about the decline of Bahasa #Indonesia in #Australia?

Yesterday I listened to an interview with Dr Jane Orton, the director of Melbourne University's Chinese Teacher Training Centre. She made two critical and obvious points.  First, education is a state matter and as a nation we would benefit from a national languages curriculum.  Secondly, she explained that the top results in studies of Chinese … Continue reading What do we do about the decline of Bahasa #Indonesia in #Australia?

Digital archives transforming the study of history

Beginning the study of Modern History at the University of Sydney, years ago, I was abruptly made aware of the radical difference between what was then taught in NSW secondary schools as history, and the reality of contemporary historical scholarship. School history, in those days, was taught from the text book. Any sense of differences … Continue reading Digital archives transforming the study of history