October 23, 2012

Australia Should Take Itself More Seriously

Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

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Whenever foreign policy enters Australian public debate, a sort of snide smart-alec attitude is never far behind.

One of its hallmarks is the stock assumption that Australia is acting beyond its station whenever it tries to accomplish anything of note.

Charming Australian self-deprecation becomes a crippling self-dismissal.

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