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Flat White

Australia: apathetic or activist?

28 July 2022

4:00 AM

28 July 2022

4:00 AM

A commonly-held view is that we are living through diabolically fractious times. Indeed, even a cursory reflection on the recent riots, protests, and related events like our defaced statuesrenamed suburbs, and all the other instantiations of the Culture War, seem to confirm this to be the case.

Yet there’s another equally-arresting aspect of our epoch that eludes our attention – the sheer number of us who have dropped out of communal life almost entirely: neither volunteering, nor voting, nor having any real engagement at all with the wider culture.

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