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Five Questions on the Republic

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Author(s): Spike Boydell and James Arvanitakis

Journal: Altitude : An e-Journal of Emerging Humanities Work
ISSN 1444-1160

Volume: 10;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Australia | Republic | Property rights | Land | Ownership | Value | Indigenous rights

ABSTRACT
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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