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This is a group for all Australian zinemakers and lovers.

Location: Australia
Members: 181
Latest Activity: Jun 10

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Comment by Emma Stronach on October 17, 2008 at 12:26am
Can we have that Kangaroo type one in Louise's link for our logo? Or would we get in trouble with Australia post.
Comment by Emma Stronach on October 17, 2008 at 12:25am
They are SO awesome, I nearly died of excitement when I saw them, my sister once wrote a story about how one of them (the big bird one I think) was her pet. Still got the picture she drew somewhere, used to be obsessed with them.
Comment by Summarily on October 17, 2008 at 12:21am
lols those stamps are very awesome!!!
Comment by lousie on October 16, 2008 at 11:29pm
you know what's awesome?
the new megafauna stamps.
giant animals! stamps!

(&, uh, i didn't start this discussion in order to push the megafauna barrow, honest)
Comment by Emma Stronach on October 16, 2008 at 9:34pm
Or a can of fourex
Comment by Summarily on October 16, 2008 at 7:33pm
How about the boxing kangaroo it's cute n kitch?!
Comment by Emma Stronach on October 16, 2008 at 7:30pm
Maybe we could try to find a stamp that has the continent portrayed on it sans flag?

:P
Comment by Bird in the Hand Zine Shop on October 16, 2008 at 4:30am
What would you prefer the icon for this group be? Place your votes - I have no direct need to stare blankly at the Australian flag, although believe it directly correlates to the group's name and our 'geographical' location. But, y'know, I truly don't mind.
Comment by Emma Stronach on October 15, 2008 at 10:08pm
Not much to do with it really, I just thought it was an odd way to introduce yourself, very strong way to start.

It's strange, the way I see our national identity is very different to yours. Recently, in particular, I've seen Australia become a country in its own right, rather than a part of a commonwealth. Cultural cringe (or being embarrased to be an Australian) was waned and Australia is considered (so my overseas friends tell me) to be a very modern multicultural country.

I had thought, after Sorry day, that we were re-defining Australia as a place that admits to the errors of the past, and moves on together as a whole.

In case you missed it, the group is called "Australian Zinesters", so it can't really help being categorised through national identity. It's just a place for people who live in Australia to gather and talk about zines. Just a matter of geography.
Comment by lousie on October 15, 2008 at 8:41pm
Emma,

I didn't "demand", I requested. And it seems like this groups only has activity from the last week or so, so I don't see what the length of my membership has to do with anything. Maybe I'm confused about this, but it doesn't really mean anything anyway.

I think your point here sums up my feelings:
"Whatever the Australian flag may mean to you, it is a national symbol, instantly recogniseable as is the distinctive shape of the country itself. It probably didn't even occur to the person who put it there as our icon that it could be problematic."

As I hope I have made clear, I wasn't suggesting that whoever chose the symbol was choosing to express the problematic politics that I see as tied up in the flag, and very strongly in that graphic. But it is, like you say, a national symbol and I'm opposed to nationalism. I think that Australian nationalism is (historically & currently) inherently connected to racism & I'm not interested in being part of a group that defines itself by national identity.
 

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