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For All Of Us – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 23rd, 2012 · No Comments · Campaigning, Democracy, Multi-culturalism, Political Communication, Politics

We spent the campaign circling the issue of race, knowing that our opponents had engaged in a campaign of dog-whistling, although we did not know the term at that stage and without it could not describe with much assurance what was going on. It was the unspoken message which rafts of Australians, many of whom later became supporters of Pauline Hanson, recognised in Coalition advertising and the slogan ‘For all of us’. Looked at one way, what they heard in the whistle was the cri de coeur of the old Australia;

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