Five Questions on the Republic

Institute for Creative and Digital Cultures at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
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Altitude: A Journal of Emerging Humanities Work, 2012, 10 (1), pp. 1 - 22
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This paper explores the meaning of a Republic from an Australian perspective. We look beyond populist discussions of the head of state, flag and anthem sparked by the recent visit of Prince William. Taking an allegorical approach, we interrogate questions about land, property, ownership, value, and property rights. We argue that the removal of the Crown both undermines the foundations of property rights and presents a unique opportunity to reflect on our land tenure institutions. To do this, we explore the relationship between Crown, country, and the role of Aboriginal interests with aim of providing a catalyst for a new discourse.
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