Which Truth? Australian identity - culture and politics.
Simpson, Cheryl Ann
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Is it true to say that Australia is a tolerant, multicultural and open society? Or does it retain vestiges of a past steeeped in the idea of a 'white Australia'? Or is there truth in both images of the country? Perhaps the truth is that the image the nation wishes to portray is the former while there is another truth tucked away in the minds of many. The image of Australian culture as represented in the international arena takes two forms: that of high culutre, and the culture of everyday life. Cultural agreements between a number of countries emphasise the exchange of cultural activities which are generally referred to as 'high culture,' such as the visual and performing arts. The culture of everyday life is played out through the media and provides insight into aspects of government and our politicians. A critical examination of the images of Australian culture in its various guises indicates that the messages an international audience may receive are very mixed indeed.