Every year it’s the same, tired story from the left and its useful victims:
Invasion Day Melbourne rally draws tens of thousands of protesters
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in the CBD for an Invasion Day Melbourne rally.
The crowd at Federation Square – estimated to be up to 50,000 people – is believed to have eclipsed the number of people who attended the nearby Australia Day march along Swanston Street.
[TMR: how about the other 24 million or so people celebrating Australia Day, did it ‘eclipse’ them too?
Seriously, this guff from The Age is about as telling as me saying ‘dozens of people celebrated Australia’s British foundations in the backyard of TMR’s residence, comfortably eclipsing those protesting for a date change in the front yard’].
Australia Is My Family’s Safe Haven. But Not Everyone Feels Safe
This Australia Day, while we celebrate the great things about life in Australia, we should also pause to reflect on issues in our communities that we can all do something about. Domestic violence is a social disease. We know that on average at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia. Through the dedicated foundations and individuals campaigning for change, the issue has been thrust into the spotlight — and there is still so much to do.
While there are many issues facing this sector, I believe the key to preventing this issue from harming and killing innocent people is to educate our youth about respectful relationships.
[TMR: now where have we heard that catch phrase before?].
The masculine culture we have developed and embrace, as a nation needs to change. We teach and expose our boys to sexism in early days and this culture can be toxic and have fatal outcomes. My vision for Australia is a country where diversity is embraced and celebrated. It is a place where women and children aren’t victims of neglect and abuse. It is a place where a person is not insulted and isolated because of their skin colour, their religion or how they dress. I envisage a nation where citizens work together, not against each other, to resolve social issues.
Where are the women? Australia Day honours list dominated by men (again)
Women remained significantly under-represented in nominations for Australia Day honours in 2017, with men six times more likely to be nominated for achievements in law and media and 20 times more likely in science, technology and research.
Men were nominated at more than twice the rate of women for Thursday’s honours, with no female nominations in six of the 31 categories.
At our house, we tested the children’s knowledge of Australian slang. With the air con turned up, and the bangers on the barbie, we asked the ankle biters the definition of hard yakka, and a blow-in, and pushing up the daisies.
Their responses were woeful, which means they won’t get passed [sic] Sydney Daily Telegraph’s headlines this morning.
[TMR: with grammar like that, then I’m not surprised].
On the other side of Australia, there was a plea not to celebrate on Thursday after a video made by a group of young people went viral.
“No one is campaigning for the end of Australia Day, a day to celebrate everything that it means to be an Australian…but why does it have to be January 26? Is that really the best we can do?” they asked.
At least part of our nation is conflicted on that issue; [TMR: so what? At least part of our nation enjoys stealing too – do we need to reconsider our position on theft now too?] whether January 26 is Invasion Day or Australia Day. Late last year, the City of Fremantle decided to go it alone and become the first council to declare it would now celebrate Australia Day on January 28, not January 26.
It’s an issue our national leaders need to address, not ignore. So is the issue of whether and when Australia should become a republic. What it means to call yourself a patriot. And whether burqas should be banned in public buildings.
- As for ‘our’ ABC, it had this lovely pupu platter deluxe on offer:
- The Australian even gave Ian McFarlene a platform to dribble this complete nonsense:
Australia Day: let’s shift it for a truly national celebration
Then I thought, how would my Scottish cousins feel if they had to celebrate United Kingdom day on the anniversary of the Vikings launching an amphibious attack on Arrochar, raping and pillaging, and producing Macfarlanes with blue eyes and blond hair?
How would my mother’s forebears, the Reids, feel if the same celebration were held on the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, where the Highlanders where cut down by English grapeshot and then the survivors hunted down and, along with their women and children, murdered?
[TMR: it’s called war Ian and billions have regrettably had to get on with it in the aftermath – without national days being changed].
It was the moment I decided that as a conservative, Anglo-Celtic Australian [TMR: who cares what you are? Why does this make you more qualified to comment?], I want to play a part in the push to changing the date of Australia Day. I believe it is an important way to prevent a potential schism in Australia’s society and to remove a potential roadblock to reconciliation and a greater Australia.
I believe that all Australians celebrating our great country on a date not associated with past wrongs can only bring us closer.
[TMR: last I checked, nobody was shot, murdered or had their garden hose stolen from someone down the street on this date].
That said, I acknowledge, as do many indigenous leaders, that this symbolic date change won’t stem the real disadvantage still suffered by many indigenous Australians. As a country we should look to the things that are working to close the gap for our indigenous brothers and sisters.
My vote is for March 1, commemorating the date in 1901 that the first Commonwealth Government began taking control of many of the functions formerly exercised by the colonies, including the military, the postal service and immigration. To me, it’s the day that represents Australians coming together as one nation under one government.
[TMR: in other words, you want the date changed to celebrate another ‘awful’ British institution – and you think that will ‘reconcile’ everyone?].
And what next if the date were changed? When would it all end? When would we all be ‘reconciled’? The answer, of course, is never. Not as long as the victim industry is in full taxpayer funded swing.
Suffice to say, I could give you even more extreme examples from The Guardian, Mamamia and The Conversation – but I’ll spare you.
Instead, I’m going to go and have a beer and enjoy some barbecued food and be thankful that the English colonised this great land – and not the Russians, Germans, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese or goodness knows who else.
If there is any cause to pause and reflect, it’s what all of our lives would have been like if they didn’t exist on the back of arrival of the first fleet on 26 January 1788.