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If we love our sunburnt country, we should be protecting its heritage – not exploding it | Deborah FitzGerald

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Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country is arguably the best-known poem in Australian history. But mines are threatening the homestead that informed it

You may not know where it comes from, but there is one line of poetry that many Australians know by heart: “I love a sunburnt country.”

The phrase is from Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country, arguably the best-known poem in Australian history. It has been mentioned more than any other in contemporary Australian political discourse – and yet its origins have been almost forgotten.

Related: Rio Tinto blasts 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site to expand iron ore mine

I am furious that we are prepared to risk another chapter of our cultural history to the interests of mining

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