Christian Kerr writes:

Education Minister Julie Bishop’s history
summit
got a serve in the party room yesterday.

Bishop says the summit, to be held next
Thursday, will bring together “the sensible centre in the history wars”. Yet Victorian backbencher Sophie Mirabella
– a partisan fighter in the culture wars – warned of the impossibility of coming
up with a definitive history in a one-day meeting.

The Prime Minister complained in his Australia
Day speech earlier this year that history in schools has been “replaced by a
fragmented stew of ‘themes’ and ‘issues’ ”.

Yet it’s not known how he responded to
Mirabella’s suggestion that Australian scientists are as worthy of recognition as
Don Bradman.

Peter Fray

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