Terms of Reference

Nationhood, national identity and democracy, with particular reference to:

  1. the changing notions of nationhood, citizenship and modern notions of the nation state in the twenty first century;
  2. rights and obligations of citizenship, including naturalisation and revocation, and the responsibility of the state to its citizens in both national and international law;
  3. social cohesion and cultural identity in the nation state;
  4. the role that globalisation and economic interdependence and economic development plays in forming or disrupting traditional notions of national identity;
  5. contemporary notions of cultural identity, multiculturalism and regionalism;
  6. the extent to which nation states balance domestic imperatives and sovereignty and international obligations;
  7. comparison between Australian public debate and policy and international trends; and
  8. any other related matters.

The committee has published a discussion paper to guide submitters with regard to the above terms of reference.

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