A new article on the blog of the Australian National University, titled How to Get Rid of Regionalism, has been written by Dr Matthew R. O’Brien.
It provides some helpful guidance on how to get a regionalist mindset, and I would recommend reading it.
It’s available here: Regionalism: The Key To Freedom.
I’m sure many readers will find the title of the article to be a bit strange.
Dr O’Brien writes: “But it’s not.”
It’s rather a cautionary tale.
Regionalism isn’t just about the fact that we are a region.
It is also about the way in which the regionally-based ideas of “the people”, “our culture”, “society”, “history”, “culture” and so on are constructed.
It means that our identity is defined by what we see, hear, read, write and do in our neighbourhood.
The regionalist mind-set of regionalisation is one of the key things that enables the “people” to construct and maintain their identities and to be able to speak in a way that is understood by others.
I’m sure this is a welcome message, but I think it’s important to remember that the way that regionalism is structured in a country’s society can create problems.
For instance, it is likely that you are a regionalised person.
Your identity is determined by your regional area.
If you live in Melbourne and you speak a different language than me, you might be labelled as “Mulatto”.
If you are an Aboriginal person, you may be labelled “Hindi”.
And you may even be labelled a “Malay”.
The “Hindu” or “Mukta” or the “Muslim” or any other “local” label can be a form of regional identity.
There is no doubt that we have a tendency to place our regional identity on a par with that of other people, and this has the consequence that when the community becomes more and more globalised and globalised, the region’s identity becomes even more marginalised.
In a way, this is similar to what is happening in Western Australia.
When the Victorian government started to introduce “multiculturalism”, a number of “locales” of the state were declared to be “cultural monocultural”.
Local people felt that this was unfair, and as a result they formed “cultural unions”.
As a result, it became easier for people from regional areas to make it to higher office and higher-paying jobs in Victoria, in particular in the financial services sector.
The result of this was that many of the people who once felt excluded from the regional “cities” became increasingly comfortable and more confident speaking their own language, and many people began to question the validity of their regional identity as well.
But that was not the end of the story.
This regionalism of “civic nationalism” is still being perpetuated in Australia.
The ABC is a global brand, and therefore the ABC can use whatever language they like, whether it’s “local language” or whatever else they prefer.
But there are some very important issues that the ABC needs to be concerned about.
Firstly, we are still a nation-state.
The United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the United States have all declared themselves to be independent countries.
They have also agreed to abide by the UN Charter, the Kyoto Protocol, the UN Common Position on Climate Change and other international treaties.
What this means is that there are two sets of rules that apply to Australia.
One set of rules applies to our relationship with the rest of the world.
And the other set of laws applies to Australia’s relationship with itself.
It is not the ABC’s role to be the arbiter of these things, and it’s certainly not our job to tell other countries how they should live their lives.
It seems to me that the role of the ABC is to provide information to the community, to provide education to the people, to educate them about the important issues, to tell them about our history, our culture, our history as a nation, our diversity, our heritage, our language, our traditions, our values, our social cohesion, our prosperity, our environmental health, our national identity, our way of life, our sense of place and our place in the world, and about the challenges we face.
Secondly, the ABC has a responsibility to inform the community about issues of social, political and economic significance.
We are all responsible for ensuring that the Australian people have the information they need to make informed decisions about their future.
Australia is an economically powerful nation.
Our economy generates a large amount of wealth and has generated more than a quarter of all world income.
We have an exceptional position in the global economy and it is an important reason why we have had a strong economic recovery and are now one of Europe