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'Because I was on book tour in Britain as this volume was put together, I had to fall back on the following fairly staid piece I wrote for the Australian Financial Review. There were some images cut from the piece which would have been tolerated in a more robust piece. For example, I described the Australian publishing industry as existing on a narrow ledge of guaranteed time. I am proud of what it has produced on that ledge. I celebrate the diverse commentary, the wealth of creation, now likely to be obliterated by a federal government trumpeting innovation. As the first step on that much-waited-for post-colonial road, they seek to obliterate the very industry equipped to interpret innovation to the citizenry. Similarly, I was tempted to call on Malcolm Turnbull to confront what he knew and cherished in his late, great uncle, Robert Hughes, who would—I am sure—have counselled his nephew by marriage against such a fatal step. And there was one last image cut from the piece, perhaps an exorbitant one but one that’s apposite. When I began to write, and I and other Australian writers, some older, some younger, were trying to create the craft of letters as a modern profession in Australia, it seemed that a well-published Australian was almost as rare and as much a cause for surprise as a goanna riding a bicycle. It isn’t any more, nor should it be.' (Introduction)

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    y #SaveOzStories Saveourstories Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 2016 9824072 2016 anthology essay

    ''Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.' —Tom Keneally

    '#SaveOzStories is a gift to book lovers from Australia's finest writers and the industry that supports them. David Malouf, Tim Winton, Jackie French and many more of our best writers have come together to issue a clarion call to all Australian citizens to defend writers and writing. If politicians have their way we will be the only nation to give away our right to tell our own stories. If you think a world without the next Richard Flanagan, Di Morrissey or Andy Griffiths will be a poorer one, then read this collection of impassioned arguments from our most esteemed wordsmiths.

    'Contributors include Richard Flanagan, Tim Winton, Jackie French, Matthew Reilly, Geraldine Brooks, Michael Robotham, Andy Griffiths, Christos Tsiolkas, Charlotte Wood, Toni Jordan, Frank Moorhouse and others.' (Publication summary)

    Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 2016
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