Letters to the Editor

Our Home is Girt by Sea

SIR: Professor Michael Evans (June 2016) appears to be writing about a different country from the Australia I have lived in. He describes Australians as inward-looking with “a pervasive sense of sea blindness” and “the inability to connect with maritime issues at either an individual or political level”. He could not be more wrong. As the national anthem affirms, our home is girt by sea. The first Governor of New South Wales was a naval captain and was followed by a string of others. We have always been among the world’s great travellers by sea or by air. We celebrate…

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