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This chapter deals with the debate of whether or not Australia should move from a monarchy to a republic.

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According to Soutphommasane, it is regrettable that both sides of the debate view the issue as being purely symbolic. Soutphommasane writes that:. A republic denotes a political community rooted in the popular will of citizens and conducted for the common good; it denotes a society in which people govern themselves, through elected representatives, and on the basis that every member of society is of equal standing.

A monarchy, in its most literal sense, means 'the rule of one'.

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Those who belong to a community governed by a monarch are not citizens, but are subjects of a monarch who attains office by virtue of birthright. The connection between a republic and patriotism should be clear. Monarchical government is in a basic sense antithetical to patriotic citizenship. The final chapter is a part summary part conclusion for the entire book. Soutphommasane observes that patriotism has increased in Australia in recent years, as events such as Australia Day in Sydney demonstrate.

Soutphommasane argues that whilst patriotism has its dangers, "it is no different to other forms of loyalty or love". He opines that patriotism is necessary for a thriving nation, as serves to form bonds between people which promote progress, direction and collective self-improvement.

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People should be able to express national pride without being racist, while at the same time being able to criticise parts of the national story without being labelled un-Australian. The book concludes with a restating of the need for progressives to re-think patriotism as an instrument of progress. However, Crikey!

Writes Rundle:.

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Mark Bahnisch, agreeing with Rundle, made the following comment on his blog Larvatus Prodeo:. Longlisted John Button Prize From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues.

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