Category Archives: Indigenous Affairs
I could’ve picked the AOTY by just selecting the last person I would choose for the honour. Well, it used to be an honour and I used to think they were far better men or women than, me but over the last three years at least, it is not the case.
Three years ago we had an Aboriginal whose claim to fame were as follows;
He could play football,
He publicaly ridiculed a teenage girl accusing her of racism, and
He found it hard to say “I am proud to be Australian” after seeing Pilger’s ‘Utopia’
Not proud to be an Australian…John Pilger…Utopia…
We then had a woman, a long term victim of domestic violence, who left her young son in the care of the main perpetrator of this violence, whereupon he beat the kid to death with a cricket bat!
My role model would’ve kept the kid away from the bastard, not hand him over for slaughter.
Now today we have a retired General who’s only claim to fame is a speech he gave accusing the military of misogyny telling them if they didn’t like women in the the ADF they should get out. This seemed to be based on the fact that some male soldiers were hitting on some female soldiers. Some cases were criminal or offensive but the rate of such offenses in the military was much less than the civilian rate and anyway, if soldiers commit offences then charge them and if warranted discharge them. You don’t start with the premise that problems are rife when they clearly aren’t. The speech was written by an Army officer who was a man but now claims to be a woman.
The General says his main points over the tenure of his honour will be domestic violence, diversity, the gender pay gap and the republican movement.
I would like to think the AOTY award would recognize people who had excelled in their field thus representing what’s best about Australia, not some doom and gloom activist whose whole outlook is concentrating on the minuscule number of hormone driven offences, slaughtered babies or teenage football fans.
Those indigenous of the perpetually offended type call it Invasion Day. Some fool even had a pic of himself with a banner accusing Cook of invading in 1788, some years after Cook’s death. Phillips, who was actually the guy who came in 1788 was very fair to the indigenous, tried to help where he could and showed restraint when attacked, but apparently the great unwashed occupying Facebook and Twitter don’t even know of Phillip. The indigenous have done well from us whities but there are plenty of fools who would wish we had never came; what with our medicine, transport, alcohol, decent and plentiful food, roads, railways, sit down money and money for grants the whole thing makes me think of the Monty Python Sketch on What did the Romans ever do for us?
The Left attack any sign of patriotism. Flags are a no no as is lamb (currently cooking in my BBQ) and we all should bow to the God of Multiculturalism. Most who have come from overseas have fitted in well but the later Muslim wave is a worry. They will always put religion before nation and seem to go out of the way not to fit in.
Open borders would leave us in a fools paradise and if we’re not careful we well may experience the associated problems in Europe where member nations are asking Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel “What have you done?”
Reminds me of Rudyard Kippling and his poem on the problem;
This was my father’s belief
And this is also mine:
Let the corn be all one sheaf–
And the grapes be all one vine,
Ere our children’s teeth are set on edge
By bitter bread and wine.
Makes me think.
But no too much as I have to get the lamb roast just right for tonight’s dinner. I’m using the BBQ for the first time and all seems well. Apple pie and custard (my Mum’s recipe) will follow.
I’ll be thinking of what makes Australia great and that’s a whole lot more than what might be wrong with this great nation.
Have a good day and ignore the whingers.
Quadrant has more on Morrison’s appointment.
What we don’t hear often are the voices saying that Morrison demoralised the army with his “feminisation” of the service, which scandalously included taxpayer-funded sex-change operations. Or that his concerns about gender-bashing came very late in his career. The enthusiasm for his YouTube clip effectively snuffed out any analysis of the Morrison style: the fierce, almost jihadist fanaticism in his eyes, the tightened facial muscles, what might be taken by some to be a self-righteous vindictiveness lurking in his delivery.
Those who puzzled as to why the Chief of Army needed to deal so publicly with an internal disciplinary matter involving spotty cadets and a hidden video camera might just have glimpsed the unleashing of a political ambition fettered for four decades by military discipline.
While Australian soldiers were dying in Afghanistan, Morrison was talking about social engineering concerns such as gender equity. Fourteen soldiers died between July 2011 and July 2014 in that dangerous and confusing war, when Morrison was chief of Army.
But instead of the leadership that soldiers at the frontline may have craved, they got flowery speeches decrying masculinity and patriarchy to mark International Women’s Day at the United Nations.
Here’s an idea AFL.
Stop bringing politics into sport.
If I want politics I’ll access it through the media. When I watch football, I just want to watch football. I don’t want to get involved in whatever indigenous activism is cool this week. I don’t care if the players are black, white or brindle. They are just good athletes and a joy to watch. Or they were until you brought in racism.
Apparently this week is Multicultural Round. There you go again – it’s supposed to be about football, nothing more, nothing less.
Let me know when you get the message and I’ll start watching again
Oh, and another thing – threatening Aussies with dire treatment if they boo Sooky la la Goodes tonight will most probably guarantee more booing.
Adam Goodes’ campaign for pre-selection continues as Chip Le Grand, his current campaign manager, gets another above-the fold front page article in today’s Australian.
The article draws hundreds of comments, a lot of which point out that the spectators are booing Goodes because he once publicly abused and humiliated a teenage girl. Most Australians don’t like large, adult males abusing teenage girls.
Chip ignores this opinion because it doesn’t suit his agenda but the spectators don’t and won’t in the future.
If it is racist then one needs to ask the questions – why aren’t all the other indigenous players boo’d. What is it that sets Goodes apart? I would have to say it is his activist profile. All the other guys are in football to play while Goodes is, at this stage of his career, in football for political activist reasons and the crowd don’t like it. They go to the game to be entertained with football skills, not to be harangued and called racists as part of one man’s campaign for pre-selection or Reconciliation.
Subsequent to the abuse incident he was appointed Australian of the Year and since then, this current campaign aside, has been noted for his absence in the media on subjects other than football, with one extreme example. In early March he announced that he now finds it hard to say I am proud to be Australian after seeing Pilger’s ‘Utopia’
Not proud to be an Australian…John Pilger…Utopia…FFS who is advising this man?
John Pilger is an expat Australian who, simply put, hates us. He has made a career out of this hatred and for years has penned propaganda that always reflects poorly on Australia and whatever he says has little impact outside of the Green-Left of the political divide. That is, about 10 % of the community give Pilger any credit whatsoever. This 10%, of course, encompasses the ABC and SBS where he is often seen talking about his hatred of Australia – but we expect that.
Back to today’s article.
Michael O’Loughlin was watching Sydney play West Coast when his seven-year-old son James turned to him with a question he could not easily answer: “Dad, why are they booing uncle?’’
It is the question all of football — and much of the nation — is now grappling with, as the AFL, Sydney and opposition clubs look for a way to stop crowd abuse of Adam Goodes.
Good ploy – play the cute little nephew. Pure Facebook campaigning.
..as the AFL, Sydney and opposition clubs look for a way to stop crowd abuse of Adam Goodes. With all the recent press on the mater, with more people remembering his abuse of the teenager, I don’t think the crowd are going to forgive him anytime soon.
He says he is campaigning for Reconciliation but I see little conciliation in starting the debate by saying it is hard for him to be proud to be Australian because, according to left wing Pilger, we are all racists.
I predict his post-football career will be in politics where his character will be well and truly tested when the crowd becomes all of Australia, not just a few thousand at a footy match.
Will he be able to cut it?
That remains to be seen.
Watching ABC Morning news and they seem confused. The subject of Adam Goods come up and apparently people are booing him at matches whenever he touched the ball
Their take on the matter was racism.
I’ve got an alternative thought – people don’t like him because as a hulking 6 foot plus fit footballer he publicly singled out a pudgy, naive 13 year old teenage girl for ridicule in the national media.
Way to go hero.
People simply don’t like men who abuse kids.
James Patterson in The Australian
There is no place for laws that apply to someone because of their race in 21st-century Australia. Laws aimed at addressing disadvantage should apply because of the needs of the individual — not their skin colour.
He goes on to say;
The change Australia should make to its Constitution is to remove all references to race. The so-called “race power” in section 51 (xxvi), which gives the parliament the power to make laws for “the people of any race”, has no role in our modern, tolerant and diverse democracy. Section 25, which governs how to deal with state governments that restrict eligibility to vote on the basis of race, should also be removed.
That sums up my feelings exactly.
A lot of Australian’s are spending time and energy garnering support for the constitutional change that will not make Indigenous life one iota better. It will help some people, both white and black Australians, develop a warm inner glow but it will be of no practical use.
A warm inner glows does not create jobs, educate kids, protect women and kids from sexual and physical abuse or give the indigenous citizens a chance for a better life.
It will not get the young men motivated to refuse drugs nor will it develop a work ethic.
As Patterson says;
At best, it will recite historical facts no one disagrees with and contain aspirational platitudes everyone supports.
Adam Goodes, current Australian of the Year, is proving a contentious choice. Other than Aussie Rules fans, very few Aussies had heard of Adam until he abused a 13 year old girl at football match for saying “Way to go, you Ape” or whatever. He took this as a racist statement and called for her to be removed from the grandstand, which she was. He is reported as “being gutted” by the girl’s words.
In my youth, on the football field, I’ve been called “Big hairy ape” because, basically, I am big and hairy. Well at least that’s what I thought, but obviously there are different interpretations of the term and every man has the right to call it for what he believes. If Adam Goodes has been referred to as an Ape previously and took it as a racist statement then that is his right. But seriously, we are talking about a 13 year old girl who, when she says “I didn’t mean it to be racist” has to be believed, or, at least given the benefit of the doubt.
So when he was announced as Australian of the Year, the only way most Australians knew him was because of this incident. Depending on your viewpoint, he was thusly appointed due solely to his being the victim of a racist attack, or, because, as a hulking 6 foot plus fit footballer he abused a pudgy 13 year old teenage girl.
Either interpretation is not a good basis for selection.
If the Selection Board wanted to appoint an indigenous Aussie as Australian of the Year I can think of dozens, off the top of my head, who, with greater intelligence and political savvy, could do much more for their people. Pick your favourite from this list
So now he is the Australian of the Year, a position wherebye the encumbent is expected to draw together different parts of the community and thus help his or their cause, in this case, the cause of indigenous Aussies.
Since becoming AOTY Goodes has been noted for his absence in the media on subjects other than football, with one extreme example. Earlier this week he announced that he now finds it hard to say I am proud to be Australian after seeing Pilger’s ‘Utopia’
Not proud to be an Australian…John Pilger…Utopia…FFS who is advising this man?
John Pilger is an expat Australian who, simply put, hates us. He has made a career out of this hatred and for years has penned propaganda that always reflects poorly on Australia and whatever he says has little impact outside of the Green-Left of the political divide. That is, about 10 % of the community give Pilger any credit whatsoever. This 10%, of course, ecompasses the ABC and SBS where he is often seen talking about his hatred of Australia – but we expect that.
Adam Goodes take on Utopia.
Adam, heads up mate, you have just alienated 90% of the population, or, at least, 90% of those who are politically aware.
NOT the way to go.
To approach the problem of indigenous Aussies simply from the “racist attack” point of view is ignoring the elephant in the room. It ignores the damage indigenous Aussies do to themselves and to quote Pilger, who blames all problems on white Australia, gets us nowhere.
If, as Adam Goodes believes, hostility to John Pilgers film is a denial of the nations brutal past then Goodes and Pilger are equally guilty of denying the present and this denial bodes poorly for the future.
Look around you Adam. Look at the programmes that are helping your disadvantaged mates and build on that. Look at child and women abuse, alchohol and drug dependancies, lack of support for education, waste and theft of governmet monies and use your position to agitate for improvements. Start another education scholarship system as an adjunct to your help for young Aussies in the field of football.
Expand your horizons and seek advise outside the Green-Left political arena or most will simply wait until you’re gone and that would be a shame…a waste of the hopes of a lot of people… a waste of a chance to help.
UPDATE: I have include some extracts from an interview by Bess Price, one of those I thought would make a better AOTY than Goodes. It is listed on the RHS Menu under “Worth Reading”
FORMER prime minister Kevin Rudd is creating a foundation to honour the principles of his historic 2008 apology to the indigenous stolen generation.
Mr Rudd today announced he would establish the National Apology Foundation, which he will chair.
The narcisist, who is also suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder, says that because he is creating this foundation;
“We are not condemned to a future which sees a continuing division between the lives of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.”
While you continue to remind us of your one and only claim to fame, and it is a doubtful claim, then you are condemning us to continuing divisions.
It simply perpetuates the ‘Sorry Industry’ and that helps no one.
Go away Rudd, you totally fucked up Australia and the ALP and you still have the temerity to make sound waves. A lesser narcistic individual would be so humiliated by the damage they did, they would be silent for decades.
In the heat of the moment a 13 year old girl tells Sydney Swans Goode “You’re an ape” and the world goes ballistic. Goode point her out to MCG Security and she is removed from her family and apparently grilled for two hours.
She is 13.
COLLINGWOOD president Eddie McGuire has vowed to seek out the fan who allegedly racially abused Sydney Swans champion Adam Goodes on Friday night and ban her from the club.
The mother of the 13 year old girl isn’t happy;
Ms Looney is upset by the treatment her daughter had received from MCG security – who told her family to remain seated as they ejected Julia – and police detaining her for what she said was two hours.
Eddie Maguire and everyone screaming “racist!” need to settle down and Goode needs a few testosterone injections to stop him being so precious.
UPDATE: (Quote from Bolt) On ABC radio this morning a woman says Aborigines at the same game slashed an Australian flag, replaced the Union Jack with an Aboriginal one and were abusive. Security was called but removed no one.
I wonder if Eddie Maguire is looking for these guys.
NOEL Pearson’s Cape York welfare reform trial has been a dealt a blow with the Queensland government refusing federal demands to extend state funding beyond the end of the year.
Queensland Indigenous Affairs Minister Glen Elmes told The Australian the Newman government could no longer justify its expenditure on the program.
The trial in four Cape York communities has cost the state and federal governments more than $100 million.
The government mentions there are only a few thousand people involved altogether so what the hell costs $100 million. If I went to theses communities would I see anything …roads…new schools..what exactly?
The report tells us that school attendance is improving and kid bashing is down;
Last year, preliminary findings of the review of the trial — which links welfare to school attendance, child safety, tenancy and convictions — found the communities were recording improvements in attendance and falling child-protection notifications.
But it doesn’t say what the money was actually spent on but Queensland Indigenous Affairs Minister Glen Elmes questions the value for money;
“We simply can’t justify the rate of expenditure over the past four years in just four communities, with only a few thousand people,”
I’m all for helping Australians in difficult times and I have always agreed with Christopher Pearson and his programs but hell, $100 million for four communities seems over the top to me.
Tony Abbott wants to see these indigenous welfare reforms now being tested in Cape York expanded to communities across the country. I trust any continuation doesn’t involve $25 million per community – he’ll never clear the ALP debt at that rate.
Coalition MP Andrew Laming reacts to inter racial riots at Logan Qld
Mobs tearing up Logan tonight. Did any of them do a day’s work today, or was it business as usual and welfare on tap?
Not very subtle but its most probably close to the truth.
Wong and Emmerson attack, so for some reason Laming’s tweet which only comments on a riot is much worse than Gillard’s office tele calls that organized a riot on Australia Day in Canberra last year.