Australia Day must be protected
If the left are able to move or abolish Australia Day, nothing about our country will be safe from their agenda.Not our history, our monuments, our culture, our values. It’s vital to Save Australia Day.
Anthony Dillon Comments - All Australians should read this
The Daily Telegraph December 28, 2017
"As someone who identifies as part-Aboriginal, I suggest that if the protesters truly cared about the Aboriginal people, they would be out protesting about the appalling conditions that far too many of them live in.
The conditions I refer to are mostly in remote communities and are characterised by poverty, unclean living conditions, violence, child abuse, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, high rates of suicide, and unemployment.
I can guarantee you the people who live in these conditions are not the slightest bit concerned about Australia Day celebrations.
Protesting will not help them — protesting is more about the needs of protesters than the wellbeing of Aboriginal people".
"Sadly, opposition to Australia Day serves only as a huge distraction from the more pressing aforementioned problems facing Aboriginal people. People protest against Australia Day on the assumption that celebrations are harmful to Aboriginal people".
"We are told to celebrate Australia Day is disrespectful and is a celebration of genocide.
This is ridiculous; I do not know of one person who on January 26, while cooking a snag on the barbie or throwing a frisbee in the park, is celebrating genocide. Do you?"
"For those who are not as extreme as the genocide accusers, they still claim that celebrations on January 26 hurt Aboriginal people.
Again, this is silly.
To suggest to Aboriginal people they are hurt by Australia Day celebrations is to suggest their emotional wellbeing is fragile and under the control of those who do celebrate on that day".
"And bans and protests ignore the fact that many Aboriginal people celebrate the occasion without feeling hurt or offended.
While these people acknowledge historical injustices, they do not feel shackled to history. They realise the empowering truth that we are never victims of the past, but only ever victims of our view of the past".
"I will take protests against Australia Day celebrations seriously when I hear those Aboriginal people who live in appalling conditions claim they are suffering because of the celebrations".
"I am going to have fun on Australia Day, socialise with friends, spend a short time reflecting on the good and bad that came with the British invasion, and appreciate what a great country I live in.I am going to have fun on Australia Day, socialise with friends, spend a short time reflecting on the good and bad that came with the British invasion, and appreciate what a great country I live in".
Anthony Dillon is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University and identifies as part-Aboriginal
The Power of the People of Australia must Peacefully advocate for our Government to listen to the will ("My Will") of the people and enforce the following inclusions to preserve and protect our culture.
It is to be an expectation that by living in this country that:
The Australian Flag and National Anthem will be honoured and respected by ALL citizens - irrespective of country of origin or religious beliefs. Anyone caught burning our flag will be fined and gaoled.
Annual Commemorations of our country shall be respected unconditionally ie; Australia Day, ANZAC Day and Armistice (Remembrance) Day, significant Judeo-Christian religious devotions such as Easter and Christmas. Not withstanding the traditional non-religious observances of Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the Queen’s Birthday.
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Putting January 26 in its Proper Perspective.
Some terrible things happened to Aboriginal Australians in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
But as hard as the Left try, no one can rewrite history. We can only learn from it. We need to find new and smarter ways of ensuring each Indigenous Australian benefits from the unique advantages of the Western civilisation that arrived here in 1788 — the economic development, advanced health services, education, housing, democracy and the rule of law.
These technologies and values have made Australia the best nation on Earth. If that’s not worth celebrating as a national day, what is?
It’s a case of the famous line from Monty Python’s Life of Brian: “What have the Romans ever done for us?”
What has Western civilisation ever done for Australia?
The answer is to look around you.
It hasn’t been perfect, our history
hasn’t been flawless, but who would
want to live anywhere else?
Australians need to band together to save Australia Day
Mark Latham, The Daily Telegraph
December 12, 2017 12:00am
WHENEVER I see singing and dancing in Parliament House, Canberra, there’s one guarantee.
Whatever they are singing and dancing about, hardly anyone in the suburbs will join in.
Since Thursday, that’s the way it’s been with same-sex marriage.
At kids’ sporting events, a friend’s BBQ and talking to people on the main street of Camden, nobody seems to give two hoots about this legislative change.
The normal conversations of life march on: about our children’s educations, the coming festive season and Sydney’s balmy weather.
In Camden’s main street, the next big event will be a celebration of a different kind.
On January 26 we will be enjoying the dancing, singing and pageantry of the annual Australia Day parade.
This highlights the disconnect between life in Canberra and the outer suburbs.
Last week in the Senate, the Greens moved a motion for changing the date of Australia Day.
After the success of marriage equality, they argued, it was time to dump January 26.
The Greens whip Rachel Siewert told the chamber: “We know the date will change, it’s a question of when.”
Not where I come from.
The only question in Camden is how big the crowds will be in six weeks’ time as we celebrate our national day.
They have been building year by year.
Eleven months ago, people were five and six deep on the footpath watching the parade, with some even standing on the median strip.
In a world dominated by uncertainty, Australia Day has become a point of ballast, a chance to unashamedly express pride in our nation and the wonder of the Australian story.
The green-left detests the waving of the Australian flag and singing of the national anthem.
In Camden we can’t get enough of both.
The PC-brigade say that celebrating January 26 disrespects indigenous Australians.
In Camden we see no such link.
A defining feature of the Western civilisation that arrived here in 1788 is its belief in progress — the hope that all people can enjoy a better life.
There is no shame and disrespect in saying that Australia is a better country because of European settlement.
Today, for every dollar of welfare spending on a non-indigenous Australian, our governments spend two dollars on Aboriginal welfare — not the work of a heartless nation.
While mistakes were made in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Australians are now united in wanting equal opportunities for the first peoples of this continent.
As the inspiring Alice Springs indigenous leader Jacinta Price has said: “We cannot afford a culture of perpetual mourning. We need to be proactive in solving today’s problems.”
The whole community turns out for the street parade in Camden on Australia Day.
When young indigenous people go through school and, in growing numbers, university, this is only possible because of the Western commitment to education and self-improvement.
The same can be said for advanced technologies and opportunities in health, housing, transport and the economy.
While we love our indigenous brothers and sisters and their ancient custodianship of this land, truthfully, pre-1788, their society had not developed any of the material advantages of the West.
Their engineering skills were limited and they had not yet invented the wheel.
The rest of the world had left them behind.
People are always saying to me: why isn’t there any organised rejection of the left’s madness?Who’s fighting back against the ABC, Fairfax, GetUp! and the Greens as they try to reshape our national institutions in their own image?
There is no shame and disrespect in saying that Australia is a better country because of European settlement.
It’s a basic reality.
The green-left want to wipe out our history and diminish our national pride because they believe in a world without borders, a world of fluid identities.
They say they support multiculturalism, but they disparage the First Fleet’s landing at Sydney Cove — when many new, diverse cultures arrived for the first time.
Families enjoy the tradition of celebrating Australia Day.
They say they support Medicare and public education, but these community services wouldn’t be possible without the link to Western know-how that was established on January 26, 1788.
People are always saying to me: why isn’t there any organised rejection of the left’s madness?
Who’s fighting back against the ABC, Fairfax, GetUp! and the Greens as they try to reshape our national institutions in their own image?
Why isn’t anyone campaigning on our behalf, advancing the commonsense views of suburban and regional Australia?
That’s why I’m organising a Save Australia Day campaign through Mark Latham’s Outsiders.
The “Change the Date” movement is gathering pace, with the support of left-wing councils around the country.
Camden’s street parade for Australia Day attracts thousands.
The Greens and Labor left say the change is inevitable.
This is the big one, a chance to say: “No more”.
If the left are able to move or abolish Australia Day, nothing about our country will be safe from their agenda.
Not our history, our monuments, our culture, our values.
It’s vital to Save Australia Day.
Jacinta Price has agreed to lead the campaign — a tremendous honour for those of us working with her.
We have professional TV and radio advertising in production.
But it’s not inexpensive.
With their new-found support from big corporations, the left are flush with money.
In the fight for Australia Day, they are bound to outspend us.
I’ve launched a crowd-funding appeal to ensure our side of the argument is heard.
The details are on my Mark Latham’s Outsiders Facebook page.
To donate, please go to: support.marklathamsoutsiders.com and click on the Save Australia Day icon.
Every dollar raised will be spent on the campaign.
In saving Australia Day, I believe we can save our country in many other important respects.
It’s a fight we can’t afford to lose.
Alice Springs councillor Jacinta Nampijinpa Price against changing date of Australia Day
GARY SHIPWAY, NT News January 27, 2017
Indigenous Alice Springs town councillor Jacinta Nampijinpa Price says aboriginal people have become professional mourners and it’s time it stopped.
Ms Price, the daughter of former CLP politician Bess Price and an active campaigner against indigenous domestic violence, posted a stinging Facebook attack against those protesting about the date the nation celebrates Australia Day.
The post went viral, surging past 100,000 likes, more than 30,000 shares and her comments winning praise.
Ms Price said there was no need to change Australia Day and people who celebrated on January 26 need not feel guilty.
“I keep hearing that aboriginal people want to change the date of Australia Day, well what about the aboriginal people who don’t want to change the date?” Ms Price wrote.
“It is the aboriginal middle class who are concerned about date changes. Those pushing the agenda come from privilege themselves in comparison to the aboriginal people most marginalised.
“I’m sure if we are pressured enough to change the date then there will be something else for aboriginal middle class activists and guilt ridden white fellas to be offended about.
Ms Price says present indigenous problems should be fixed ahead of what has past.
“Why aren’t these people as concerned about the aboriginal people affected by domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse?” she said.
“People want to call it a day of mourning. Us aboriginal people have become professional mourners … we are constantly in a state of mourning. What do we have to benefit from being in a constant state of mourning? Mourning does not give us freedom, it imprisons us ... I’ve had enough.
“I want everyone to have opportunity. I want to pull my people out of their crippling state of mourning and I don’t want anyone to feel bad or guilty for feeling joy and celebrating a country we love.”
Aboriginal leaders slam PC Brigade’s push to change Australia Day date from January 26
WHILE the PC brigade wrings its hands and whines, demanding a change of date to the national day, Aboriginal leaders say January 26 can work if we focus on what unites us — and the unlikely friendship between Arthur Phillip and Bennelong 220 years ago could show us the way.
Former Labor Party president and indigenous leader Warren Mundine said he was “sick and tired of the Greens”.
“There is not one economic plan they have developed for Aboriginal lands,” he said.
While he would’ve chosen a different date to January 26, Mr Mundine said it was actually an insignificant issue people now used for their own agendas.
“(It) is not the first conversation I have in Aboriginal communities — or the second, or the third, fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh — it’s about education and maintaining culture … let’s get focused on the real issues. January 26 is always going to be important, as that’s when the First Fleet sailed in.”
And he said despite debate, Australia had succeeded as a multicultural country — building on those first ties between Phillip and Bennelong.
“I have yet to see a country that has done a better job than us .”
A lesson in history
Kevin Donnelly, The Daily Telegraph January 18, 2018
As evidenced by the vitriolic and unjustified attacks on Australia Day celebrating the arrival of the First Fleet there’s no doubt that how we interpret history is now dominated by political correctness and virtue signalling instead of objectivity and facts.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale argues January 26 represents “the beginning of ongoing genocide” and the “slaughter of so many Aboriginal people”.
Australia’s tennis great Pat Cash laments he is too “embarrassed” to celebrate Australia Day because white settlement was an invasion and too many Aborigines continue to suffer poverty and dispossession.
Ex-Liberal minister in the Howard government, Amanda Vanstone, says that on Australia Day she won’t be thinking about the First Fleet as she doesn’t understand why January 26 was chosen.
Time for a history lesson. As noted by Watkin Tench, a marine accompanying the First Fleet in his journal detailing the establishment of the penal colony, it’s wrong to describe what happened as an invasion.
Describing what happened as slaughter and genocide and equating
the arrival of the First Fleet with the Spanish Conquistadors’
destructionof the Inca Empire or the Japanese invasion of Manchuria
is historical fantasy.
Not only was Governor Phillip ordered by the British Admiralty to treat
Aborigines with tolerance and respect but as Tench observes the
convicts and marines in establishing the settlement were warned not
to mistreat or harm those they encountered.
Tim Flannery in Watkin Tench 1788 writes that in the first six months
of settlement “Aborigines were able to kill or severely wound 17
Europeans (including Governor Arthur Phillip himself), with no loss to
themselves, before a reprisal was ordered”.
While there’s no doubt that there was conflict and violence as a result
of the convict settlement to simplify what happened then in the light of
what is now politically correct is to impose a 21st century view of
morality on events that happened about 230 years ago.
As detailed by Melbourne-based lawyer David Neal in The Rule of
Lawin a Penal Colony it’s also vital to realise in relation to the
Aborigine“the governors were ordered to conciliate and protect them”.
Ignored by politicians such as Di Natale is that the only reason we
enjoy the liberties and freedoms we now have is because we were
settled as a British colony. Neal quotes the eminent British jurist and
judge William Blackstone’s statement: “For as the law is the birthright
of every subject, so wherever they go they carry their laws with them.”
The moment the British flag was raised at Port Jackson what is now
Australia came under the rule of British common law and the
ever-evolving Westminster political and parliamentary system.
As noted by Neal, those in charge were familiar with “Magna Carta, Habeas Corpus, the Bill of Rights and quotations from Blackstone about their British birthrights”.
While it’s true that Aborigines were not guaranteed the same rights under the law until many years later, the reality, as noted by Neal, is that the rule of law was used to “transform New South Wales from a penal colony to a free society”.
Such was the force of the British legal system that two convicts who arrived with the First Fleet in 1788, Susannah and Henry Kables, were able to successfully sue the captain of one of the convict ships for loss of property.
After the Myall Creek massacre in 1838 seven Europeans were hanged after being convicted for killing Aborigines. And those who condemn British settlement should also realise that it is only because of our legal system that terra nullius was overturned and land rights were granted to Aboriginal Australians.
Douglas Murray in The Strange Death Of Europe writes that as a result of the cultural-left imposing political correctness the arrival of the First Fleet “has become the nation’s founding original sin”.
Instead of acknowledging and celebrating what we have achieved as a nation Murray notes there is now a multimillion-dollar guilt industry where each succeeding generation of Australians are held responsible “even though they themselves thieved no land and stole no generation”.
Even worse, Murray argues that “Australian schoolchildren are taught that whatever its present virtues, their nation was founded on genocide and theft”.
One only need look at the Australian national curriculum to see how true this is as subjects have to be interpreted through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.
It’s time we came of age and finally realised that current and future generations should not be held accountable for the sins of the past and to accept that the reason Australia is such a peaceful and prosperous place is because of the arrival of the First Fleet and the establishment of a British colony.
Dr Kevin Donnelly is a senior research fellow at the Australian Catholic University. His great-great-grandfather Thomas Donnelly settled in what is now Wagga Wagga in the 1850s.
Stakeholders in the Aboriginal Guilt Industry benefit by picking at a contrived sore so that it never heals.
"The Secret Discovery of Australia - Portuguese Ventures 200 Years Before Captain Cook" by Kenneth Gordon McIntyre details the sighting, visiting and charting of the Australian coasts by the Portuguese.
International Law did not exist in that era nor in the era when Cook is credited with “discovering” Australia.
Australia's Aboriginal people should compare their treatment by the "British Invaders" with the treatment of all the indigenous people whose lands were conquered by the Portuguese and Spanish.
The countries south of the Rio Grande do not make special provisions or provide separate facilities for the indigenous people.
The interests of the stakeholders in the Aboriginal Guilt Industry are best served by perpetuating the division between Aboriginal people and the wider community.
Australian society has respected Aboriginal sensitivities by accepting acknowledgement of traditional owners, Aboriginal flag, dual naming rights, Land Rights, protection and preservation of sacred sites, smoke ceremonies and welcome to country speakers.
Aboriginals disrespecting the Australian National Anthem, Australia Day and burning and trampling the Australian flag have been patronizingly tolerated by the Australian community on the grounds that they are probably affected by a petrol sniff too many, alcohol or some other substance.
No other group has benefitted more from targeted programs and received more funding than Aboriginal Australians.
Aboriginal people should focus on the many benefits they receive as a result of 26 January, 1788. rather than picking at a contrived sore to ensure that it never heals!
WE COULD LEARN FROM MEXICO "Our History is not perfect. Lets move on"
However bleak some parts of our history are, they are a vision of peace compared to the relentless brutality of Mexico’s colonial history. From 1492 onwards, the many indigenous nations of Mexico and Central America found themselves in a state of permanent all-out war with the conquering Spaniards. The Spanish were so convinced of their theological supremacy that they made a point of reclaiming soil around indigenous pyramids and erecting churches on top of the mounds, leaving the locals in no doubt as to who was running the show. Resistance was always met with violence.
What is now known as Mexico City, the former Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, saw the worst brutality. In 1521 the chief conquistador Hernán Cortes orchestrated a siege where he cut the city off from its only food supply, the Tlatelolco market, and blocked the aqueduct that brought in the water.
The Aztecs held out for seven months, their leader Cuahtemoc finally surrendering on August 13 after being caught trying to escape. He was subsequently tortured and then executed four years later on a bogus charge of conspiring to assassinate Cortes.
The site of the Tlatelolco siege is known in Mexico today as La Plaza de las Tres Culturas, the Plaza of the Three Cultures. It bears the following brief inscription:
“On August 13, 1521, heroically defended by Cuauhtemoc, Tlatelolco fell into the hands of Hernan Cortes. It was neither a triumph nor a defeat, but the painful birth of the nation that is Mexico today.”
They are elegant and powerful words. They are powerful because they circumvent an endless argument about the undeniable brutality of Mexico’s past. What’s done is done, they say. The country should move beyond that history of violence and division and look instead towards the future.
They are words that we could learn from in Australia, trapped as we are in a debate which often feels like it has been hijacked by insecure white Australians who refuse to broach any criticism of our past, and insist that anything less than a boozy barbecue and a rousing chorus of “Aussie Aussie Aussie” is an act of treason on this supposedly sacrosanct day, and on the other side of the coin, the resolutely guilt-driven rhetoric of those who hold that our history is nothing other than bleak, brutal and shameful.
Our history might not be perfect but it is vastly preferable to that of many other nations. It is certainly vastly more peaceful than the history of Mexico, yet Mexico has done a more astute and effective job of acknowledging its own past while insisting that it not be paralysed by it. We need to find a way of moving beyond this tiresome national debate about something as superficial as a date on the calendar. None of it has any bearing at all on the actual living standards or educational outcomes or job opportunities of indigenous Australians, all of which lag behind the rest of our community. Celebrating another date, or not celebrating at all, would not be a first step towards addressing any of those tangible issues.
Worse, it would have the opposite of effect of the sentiments contained in that Mexican inscription. White Australia didn’t win, indigenous Australia didn’t lose, a modern nation was born. What’s done is done, we are all here together, it is up to us to get on with things, and with each other.
If the Mexicans can do it we should be able to, too.