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Beach Wars

CRONULLA’S beaches might be divided into sections to remove some of the tensions that erupted into mob violence this week.

No. A thousand times no!

We shouldn’t even consider changing our lifestyle to accommodate thugs. They are required to mix in, not us and whereas pretty well every other group of migrants has settled into our national melting pot the Lebanese Muslims stay aloof.

From the Thin Man Returns

“We don’t care where you are from, but once you decide to make this your home, you are Australian, becoming one people and one culture from which the best parts of the ‘old country’ are brought to the new.”

Terry Sweetman in Brisbane’s Sunday Mail can’t string two words together without slipping “Howard” in as a part of the problem.

However, it would be an act of denial of Howardesque proportions to pretend that there was not a huge element of racism behind the riots.

It could also be described as an act of denial of Sweetmanesque proportions to ignore all the other evidence available.

Having shown his colours he then proceeds to write several hundred words trying to prove that the 100 plus extreme right fools present at the riots were running the show.

Since the festering of One Nation, we have been deluged with the rubbish that wells up into talkback and spills into the public domain. The messages often feature animated Australian flags, rousing choruses of Waltzing Matilda and the authors glory in chauvinistic net nom de plumes such as “Aussie”, “Digger” and “True Blue”. They try to project an image of the blokey Australian as big as the land, although their thoughts betray small, mean minds.

You’re most probably right Terry but there were about 100 plus of these idiots at Cronulla amongst the 6,000 odd rioters of both pursuasions and common sense would tell us they weren’t calling all the shots. Very few Australians listen to them, they’re just an aberation every society has to put up with – like journalists who simply don’t get the picture.

If Australians are racist as some of the media, the Left wing and all the multi cults would have us believe why haven’t we had daily riots between Aussies and Italians/Greeks/Croations/Irish/Russians/Vietnamese/ Iraqis/Iranians and all the other races that go to make up our population base?

Why is that the Lebanese Muslims are the only targets?

In the meantime the real problems are best described by Platey Mates at Tim Blair

Communities all over Sydney are caving into the demands of the Lebanese Muslims channelled through the Premiers Department and the Police commisioner to cancell Christmas events. Just in case you didn’t get the message the Lebanese Muslims have burnt churches to the ground and fired shots at others.

Why have we surrendered?

A minutes silence

It’s been two weeks since Nguyen Tuong Van met his maker on the road to drug trafficking riches and he is mostly gone and forgotten. What hasn’t been forgotten is the reaction of some to his death. Some 4,000 people attended his funeral in Melbourne, a city that had previously denied a digger the right to having his casket covered with the Australian flag and in Brisbane, the Premier, ordered a minutes silence in the House to mark his demise.

This act alone inflamed the sensitivities of all of us who consider a minutes silence as a mark of respect for those who have died in the service of their country or community or have been the victims of terrorist obscenities such as Bali. In noway should it ever become a political statement as was Beatties call.

I have reproduced two letters to Beattie, one from the Persident of the Royal Australian Regiment Association (Qld) and one from the President of the Qld RSL. I have deliberately delayed the posting of these letters to allow time for receipt and answer by Premier Beattie.

We wait in vain.

6 December, 2005

Premier Beattie,

Your decision to have the Queensland Parliament observe a minute silence in remembrance of Nguyen Tuong Van is considered offensive, disrespectful and an insult to Australian veterans and Australian families who have lost loved ones in service to Australia and in natural and man made disasters.

The Royal Australian Regiment Association (Qld), the largest Army Association in the State, is appalled at your decision. It unanimously directed me to express their disgust to you. Never before have I seen such solidarity of the ex-service community with any one issue.

By your act, under the explanation as “a mark of respect for the sanctity of human life� you have successfully alienated yourself and your Government from the services community. Most people do respect the sanctity of human life and choose to display that in a private and personal way.

We will not let you demean the tribute principle of a minutes silence as a mark of respect for those who gave their lives in the service of their country or were victims of natural or man made disasters, by linking it to any convicted criminal.

Duty First

Lieutenant Colonel Ted Chitham MC (Retd)

Naturally enough, as of Friday, the letter from the President remains unanswered.

6 December 2005

The Hon Peter Beattie MP
Premier of Queensland
PO Box 15185
City East QLD 4002

Dear Mr Premier

I write on behalf of the Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch)
members in regards to the minuteÂ’s silence that was observed in Queensland Parliament
on Friday 2 December on the occasion of the execution of Nguyen Tuong Van.
The RSL was deeply offended and strongly opposed to the Parliamentary move to
recognise this event through a one-minute silence and we are extremely disappointed in
your leadership in this matter.

Our vehement opposition is rooted in the apparent disregard for the concept of silence for
remembrance of departed comrades, who have sacrificed their lives and health for the
sake our nation.

Our members strongly believe the decision to move the momentÂ’s silence showed a
complete disregard for the origins of remembrance silence, which is attributed to
Australian journalist and returned serviceman, Edward Honey. HoneyÂ’s appeal for five
silent minutes of national remembrance in 1919 was the beginning of what he described
as a “very sacred intercession….communion with the Glorious Dead who won us peace…”
The concept of remembrance silence remains an essential feature of commemorative
services and League functions to this day. No matter how small, members stand in
silence for a brief interval to remember their departed comrades.

The RSL believes it is totally inappropriate to start using the moment’s silence for any
other circumstance. To do so otherwise, is offensive to our veterans, war widows, and all
those who have lost loved ones in the service of our nation.

The fact that Queensland Parliament publicly bestowed the same honour and mark of
respect reserved for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, on one who has been
convicted of a criminal offence, was insulting and disrespectful.

Furthermore, as Chairman of the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (Queensland)
Incorporated, we believe you have a responsibility to uphold the objects of the Association,

– the recognition of the gallant courage displayed by the Australian sons and
daughters in fighting for the preservation of liberty and civilisation; and
– the commemoration of our fallen and the acknowlegement of the suffering of our
We strongly urge you, as Premier of Queensland, to exercise more appropriate discretion
in future to preserve the sanctity of the minuteÂ’s silence so it remains as it was intended to
be – a very sacred intercession.

Lest We Forget.

Yours truly,
GW Mason
State President
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch)

Barnaby trumped

Imagine if you will the smug confidence of Barnaby Joyce yesterday as he strolled across the floor to vote against the VSU legislation. The whole nation watching as he prepares to exert his disproportionate power – offering his best profile and mentally basking in his soon-to-be place in Australia’s political history where he alone stopped the power of those most terrible of all beasts – the Conservatives.

The ALP/ACTU/nodding approvingly while student union representatives start budgeting more funds for printing Anti-Howard brochures and to pay for union junkets in a city of their choice where they can revell in an orgy of motions to the conference that fly in the face of almost everything that Australians hold dear.

Then, while Barnaby has everyones attention, picture Senator Fielding quietly voting for the legislation giving Howard, and Australia, another victory against unrepresentative power.


Maybe one of my readers could give me lessons on textualizing triumphant giggles.

Tee hee hee doesn’t seem to do the circumstances justice.

Joyce slowly coming to heel

BARNABY Joyce has dropped his push for mandated penalty rates on “iconic” public holidays, saying he will accept a compromise ensuring Australian workers cannot be sacked for refusing to work on Christmas Day.

I’m not surprised. Joyce was obviously going to be brought to heel sooner or later after certain home truths were pointed out to him.

The outspoken Queensland Nationals senator last night gave his strongest indication that he would not block the Government’s industrial relations changes, telling The Australian he would not push for penalty rates if the Government guaranteed workers could not be sacked for refusing to work on significant public holidays.

That’s a start. Now we should see the bill passed before Christmas

Senator Joyce said later making it impossible to sack workers for refusing to be rostered on during holidays would effectively force employers to have to offer more money on those days. “If it is really essential to work I would imagine people would have to pay you double,” Senator Joyce said last night. “My protection is then the ultimate protection. Iconic public holidays will remain such — as compass points in the Australian calendar.”

Extra money for working iconic public holidays like Christmas, Australia Day and ANZAC Day seem reasonable to me but not just for working Saturdays or Sundays. It is worthy of note, however that not all workers demand extra money for working Christmas Day and neither do all unions

Sharan Burrow attacks what she perceives as the weak link in the governments armour, Barnaby;

While ACTU president Sharan Burrow tried to sway the Queenslander yesterday, delivering an 85,000-email petition imploring him to block the Work Choices Bill, Senator Joyce was leaning towards a more traditional Nationals constituency, the farmers.

Knowing it’s not difficult to programme emails and mass produce them with different signature blocks I’m less than impressed with Sharan’s 85,000 email petition than I am with Joyce’s apparent change of heart.

I note that ABC radio has transformed the email petition to 85,000 signatures

I also heard Anna Booth, saviour of the outworkers some years back, complaining on ABC radio about the requirement for secret ballots meeting a minimum of 50% voter return in the positive before a union can call a strike. I understand the idea is to send a postal vote to each member for them to decide on the issue.

It can easily be said that it is mainly true believers that attend union meetings where a good speaker can, and often does wind the troops up to such an extent that they would kill Howard should he wonder by. In these circumstances a vote to strike is a given. I would rather the vote be considered in the cold light of the domestic scene; the kitchen table awash with bills and due mortgages and a clear thinking wife to counsel other avenues of dissent.

No Last Post for Nguyen

Nero fiddles while Rome burns and Howard plays cricket while civilization as we know it dies.

THE PM’s XI cricket match should be called off because it is to be played on the same day of Australian Nguyen Tuong Van’s scheduled execution, a Labor senator says.

Senator George Campbell said today it was insensitive for Prime Minister John Howard to attend the match on Friday.

Australian Democrats senator Natasha Stott Despoja agreed, saying she felt sickened by the prospect that Mr Howard would attend the game on the same day that an Australian would be executed.

If we needed any proof that Nguyen’s imminent death is being used as a political cosh to attack Howard then this is it.

Ian Moore in an article in todays Australian says Don’t blame PM for other people’s sins;

The belief seems to be that their predicament is not the result of their own illegal behaviour; it is all the fault of the Prime Minister. This is not some fanciful notion; this charge has come from the families of those concerned, and from Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, no less. The problem is, they appear to believe it.

Michell Leslie

“What has really shocked me is the amount of anger levelled at me, especially from the Prime Minister,”

Her Father, Albert

…complained about the “un-Australian” treatment of his daughter and blamed Foreign Minister Alexander Downer for taking no interest in his family.

My father, Leslie Albert, always said

Son, once you are an adult, you are responsible for your own actions

I hope the PM enjoys his day at cricket. God knows he doesn’t get much free time and I will spend Friday doing whatever I have to do. I will pause, and I think the PM will as well, and feel sad about Nguyens fate but I will not afford him the honour of a minutes silence.

That I reserve for Veterans who died honourably in the service of their country.

Howard not doing what Glen Milne wants

PRIME Minister John Howard has made a deliberate decision not to consider his retirement despite pressure within the Liberal Party to make a decision over Christmas.

I would think it’s more of despite pressure from Glen Milne.

Glen has a weekly column where he raises the hope that Howard will retire. He is continually quoting back-bench pressure, Costello’s supporters, informed sources and his interpretation of his reading of the tea leaves that says retirement imminent.

I think it’s just wishful thinking on Milnes part.

Polls …Yeah whatever!

A PLUNGE in support for the Federal Government was a clear message that people did not like Prime Minister John Howard’s industrial relations plans, Labor frontbencher Penny Wong said today.

Actually, I’m more inclined to think it’s that people don’t like the ACTU/ALP interpretation of Howards IR plans and when the battle smoke has been cleared away by some boring old facts people will be quiet happy.

I respect the ALP’s right to claim victory when the polls are more favourable to them but it’s a long way out from the next election and by then common sense will prevail.

Pen mightier than the sword

ASTOUNDING comments from Amanda Vanstone ridiculing federal airline security measures and questioning increased spending on national security warranted an apology and the Immigration Minister’s resignation, Labor frontbenchers said last night.

I have literally made similar observations to Amanda Vanstone except I use a ball point as an example. A ball point pen can be a weapon in the hands of anyone capable of stabbing another human and this fact simply demonstrates how hard total security is.

Amand’s comments are relevant but should be made outside of the public arena lest politicians and journalists devoted to the destabilisation of the Howard government get to sing and dance about every utterance she makes.

Still, it gives ammo for Matt Price and Glen Milne to bolster their attack on Howard and I now wonder how Milne will include the event in his monthly Howard threatened by Costello article.

On a positive note Amanda has managed to get IR off the front page all by herself.

Well done!

Streets full of Chicken Littles

According to this report, nation-wide, approximately 130,000 people have answered the ACTU call for workers to march in protest of the IR bill. The Union movement will say the figure is much larger of course so let’s give them the benefit of doubt and call it 200,000.

That’s about 1% of the population. If you subtract the rentacrowd dreadlocked adorned and body pierced anti-everything crowd the percentage would be even less. 1%…5%…doesn’t matter. It will still look good on TV tonight.

Transport workers in Sydney blockaded the M4 motorway. Good call guys. You now have the whole peak-hour population pissed off. I don’t know how many use the M4 to get to work but reckon the figure might match the people peeing in the wind at Martin Place.

We now undergo the application of the Law of Exagerated Attendance whereby the ACTU, ALP and ABC/SBS exagerate the number of people running in the streets protesting about Howard’s IR laws.

Rports from Melbourne….

…..In wet and windy weather conditions, estimates around 9am suggested crowd numbers had reached at least 60,000.

….Unions had predicted that 100,000 would attend.

….Sky News later broadcast aerial shots showing packed Melbourne city streets, estimating 175,000 had taken part.

Lets see what the figures are come news time tonight given ABC/SBS journo’s have 5 or 6 hours to work on it.

Australian Education Union state president Mary Bluett justified the stopwork during the sensitive VCE period by saying: “This (the industrial relations legislation) is not the legacy we want to leave our children.”

More than 50 government schools, 40 non-government schools and up to 50 kindergartens are expected to close across the state when up to 20,000 teachers join the rally, which begins at Federation Square at 9am. Working parents who cannot obtain or afford child care are expected to take carer’s leave.

It’s bad enough that the kids of 50 schools are denied education during the sensitive VCE period but surely there is something wrong with unions expecting parents to take carers leave to cover for them.

Of course none of this really matters. The IR changes will come into place, things will improve in the market place and the country will get on with life knowing that the Howard government has taken another positive step.

Despite all the spin the sky wont fall in.

UPDATE: The ABC have raised the bar to 200,000

The ABC also report three Maritime Union members in McKay have been sacked despite Adsteam Maritime Corporate Communications Manager Paula Wilson stating clearly they had not been sacked. They will undergo disciplinary action and being sacked is one option but no, they haven’t been sacked. It was amusing to hear the journalist almost plead with Paula to say they were sacked It was as if the journo had been told by her Editor to go find a ‘sacked because they attended a rally’ story and it wasn’t panning out that way.

Great stuff on an otherwise no news day.

Update II: ABC news, the ALP/ACTUTV has the figures at 540,000 nation wide and 250,000 in Melbourne. Wow. I’m impressed

Raffle funds ‘used to pay teachers’

From the Australian… Of the 331 Victorian principals who responded to the Australian Education Union (AEU) survey, 87 per cent said funds raised by the schools through events like fetes were seen to be very important or important.

Fair enough. I used to be involved in school committees and helped raise a lot of money for additional equipment but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine we could raise enough to pay teacher salaries. I still don’t but apparently in Victoria they do exactly that – according to the Australian Education Union.

And 55 per cent of principals said they used those funds to pay teacher and staff salaries.

With Victorian Teachers starting at $48k the raffles must be gold plated. At the local Catholic Ed school I know they net about $20k from the annual fete and I guess maybe they might get several thousand more from raffles but enough for a salary…I don’t think so.

I just can’t help being cynical about the survey but I’m happy to be corrected if I’m wrong.


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