First Tim Flannery now Mick Dodson - ah...life's little disappointments. Another 12 months of guilt tripping. I don't care that Mick is black but I do care that he puts the colour of his skin before his nationality. We're all Australians mate, and the vast majority of us are very happy with the date of Australia Day. Amongst other things it marks the day your race started coming out of the stone age and if you don't see that as a positive then go back to the Simpson Desert and revert to eating goannas - in another million years or so you might even invent the bow and arrow and become more proficient at hunting. If you blanche at that thought, then get back to the job at hand of lifting the quality of life of your people. It must include getting rid of the poor bugger me mentality and joining mainstream Australia. Agitate to get your people out of the outstations and into the towns and cities where the schools, medical centres and jobs can be found. Just stop whinging and join the rest of us Mick. You are Australian with all the benefits that entails. At Tim Blair's blog readers are commenting on a post celebrating a great Australian. He never whinged, never asked for handouts, was an immigrant to Australia (from South Africa) and was recently killed in action in Afghanistan. Another digger, Trooper Donaldson, recently awarded the Victoria Cross is an Australian of the Year sans nomination of an Australian of the Year Committee that seems to me to be basing selections on ideological and political social engineering reasons. A lot of my heroes lie buried in War Cemeteries or have served or still serve their country in numerous theaters in horrific conditions and in constant mortal danger while arm-chair warriors denigrate their service and political hacks question their tactics. Being a Patriot (read scoundrel if your a Lefty) I am encouraged by the sheer energy of Australians celebrating this great day. Even though times are tough, millions of Australians are gathering today to celebrate our nationality and nation. It is as it should be. Enjoy the day whatever you do and wherever you are. To all the ADF personnel overseas, I thank you for the part you are playing in making this a great nation.