The capital of India is not called Mountbatten and Malaysia’s capital isn’t Churchill. If Bombay can be renamed Mumbai, and Salisbury can become Harare, why can’t Australia do a bit of renaming too?
Instead of tugging our forelocks in a show of collective servility to Mother England, the names of our capitals should reflect the distinctiveness of this glorious country and our amazing Aboriginal history.
It is time Australia broke with the era of colonial occupation and dropped its obsequious inferiority complex. We are a unique nation and the names of our capital cities should reflect this uniqueness. Wouldn’t Aboriginal names be more appropriate, imaginative and original?
British-Australian LGBT, environmental and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell calls for renaming Australian capitals. Tatchell is a member of the Green Party of England and Wales.