Football, meat pies, kangaroos and ……………?

The Australian identity has drawn a blank

Original version December 2013 – Updated March 2023

This essay discusses the
and concludes it has gone astray

“We love football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars”. (YouTube) So went the famous 1970’s Holden advertising jingle. A patronisingly corny attempt to beholden Australians to their remarkably unsophisticated sense of national identity. Holden was after all ‘Australia’s own car’.

Sadly, for thinking Australians, it was an extraordinarily successful campaign, which served to demonstrate our collective gullibility for national identity gibberish. The advertising ‘geniuses’ behind this campaign clearly recognised that Australia’s sense of itself was so shallow that it could be capitalised on. And that, they did with zeal.

The first car to be wholly manufactured in Australia was the Holden, launched in 1948. The design was based on a post-war Chevrolet proposal previously rejected by General Motors. Faint praise indeed. ‘Australia’s own car’ was an American reject and as disingenuous as a shrimp on Paul Hogan’s barbie. ‘Australia’s own car’ was a myth.

Palace letters whitewash: The time has come to ditch the monarchy

Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC – 11 July 1916 to 21 October 2014


Outrage was palpable on the steps of Parliament House on 11 November 1975 as Gough Whitlam supporters flanked the media scrum to witness the sacked Prime Minister’s famous speech:

Well may we say ‘God save the Queen’, because nothing will save the Governor-General. The Proclamation which you have just heard read by the Governor-General’s Official Secretary was countersigned by Malcolm Fraser, who will undoubtedly go down in Australian history from Remembrance Day 1975 as Kerr’s cur.

View video of the speech

The man Whitlam appointed as the Queen’s representative in Australia, Governor-General Sir John Kerr, had axed his benefactor. The Dismissal of Whitlam and his Labor Government was always shrouded in mystery and intrigue. The real truth of the machinations leading up to this unprecedented coup remain cloaked in secrecy and that is because Australia is not yet a republic.