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Choosing Our National Shirt

Only in Australia: The History, Politics, and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism edited by William Coleman Oxford University Press, 2016, 320 pages, $69.95 I have a cupboard full of national costumes at home. They are garments I picked up at APEC ministerial meetings over more than a decade. I have a batik shirt from Indonesia, a Chinese silk smoking jacket, a barong shirt from the Philippines, a Canadian ice hockey jacket and many others. Each was custom tailored and given to me to wear for an official APEC photo. I guess the idea is to emphasise the unity of the APEC…

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