Festival of Ideas 2011 - Australian Identity Now: Myth, Tyranny or Illusion?

As with any other nation-state, Australia can be defined by a generalizing caricature which, in turn, can affect the way individuals choose to behave. Such is the myth, once encapsulated by the couplet, "Australian born, Australian bred/ Long in the legs, short in the head." But our nation is plural, born of many transactions, structures and understandings. Our panel will tease out four such identities, or aspects of a communal identity. Will these reinforce one another?