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Australian Compendium

By Keith Davis

There is so much to love about Australia. We love living here, and visiting celebrities are wise enough to say how much they love visiting here. We see ourselves as egalitarian, as fair and open-minded, as welcoming, and as free as the kangaroos jumping about in the paddocks. We are also a tad delusional.

Firstly, Australia actually is a great place to live, and nothing that follows can detract from that. The problems lurking just beneath the surface of our mythical landscape do not diminish the possibility of opportunity that exists here. Secondly, even the poor can still, at least for the moment, access our beaches and public BBQs … so our true cultural roots remain homogenous and open to all.

But on with it. What is actually happening in Australia?

Aboriginal People: They remain dispossessed. Our Government is dithering about the wording of the Referendum that is meant to finally acknowledge the very existence of Aboriginal People. Indigenous People have been here for over 60,000 years, and probably a lot more than that, and the rest of us have been here for just over 200 years … so it is fairly clear who should be having a Referendum to recognise whom.

Social Justice: In an all pervading sense, if Social Justice existed here in Australia then we would not have our current dire need for the proliferation of Organisations and Charities who exist to strongly fight for the establishment of social justice here in Australia.

Politics: It would be great to actually have some. Currently we are saddled with a Two Party System where the main focus of either side is the gaining and retention of power. The Liberal and Labor Parties might just as well formalise things and form the LibLab Coalition because it is becoming a little hard to differentiate between them.

The majority of our current crop of politicians are mediocre power junkies and Party sponsored head-nodders.

The Politics of Hate that are emanating out of Canberra are having the inevitable effect … small nationalistic minds are hitting the streets. Fear and suppression are rearing their ugly heads.

The Age of the Independents appears to be coming. Meanwhile, the country lurches onwards to . . .

Gender Equality: Where pay in Australia is concerned it pays to be male. Where securing a position in middle or higher management is concerned it pays to be male. I have always wondered why women don’t simply just all walk off the job and bring the whole lurching unfair edifice to a screeching crumbling halt in a nanosecond. If they all walked out at once then equal opportunity and equal pay would suddenly appear like manna from heaven. Perhaps that will happen one day.

Religion: Some say that it is a mass delusion, some say that it is not. Some religious people do exceptionally good work here in Australia and they fight for victims who exist because of our lack of social justice.

Others simply feather their own nests and rob their congregations blind. Like anything else here in Australia religion is a mixed bag, there is good and bad, but it has strongly insinuated itself into the core of our federal government, and that is quite clearly bad.

War: Putting aside (but never forgetting) the historical attempted genocide of Aboriginal People, and the flattening of the Eureka Stockade, Australia has latterly been free of open warfare on our continental mainland.

We have fought in a couple of major and righteous wars, and we have fought in far too many dodgy and unnecessary wars. No doubt Indigenous People and Asylum Seekers might have a slightly different view to the rest of us when it comes to defining what war actually is. However, we all get to wake up each morning without the smell of cordite in our nostrils, or the sight of a newly created line of bomb craters … and we need to remind our federal government that most of us do not want to jump into the next handiest ‘war coalition’.

Growth: We are told that the world will end without this thing called growth. To gain this growth, and bigger houses, and bigger cars, and bigger televisions, both members of Australian couples have to work full time, and have to bung their children into institutionalised childcare. The kids are probably thinking ‘bugger this growth thing, I would like to grow up in the loving arms of my parents’.

Growth gives us alienated kids and a mega-tonnage of discarded instantly obsolescent electronic technology buried in our landfills. If Australia had smaller houses, smaller cars, and fewer greedy aspirational types – we might have happier kids and we might actually grow as a nation.

Environment: We could lead the world in the uptake of renewable energy technology … but instead of that we lurch about in the coalfields. Australia is madly digging up anything out of the ground that will fuel the engine of ‘growth’ around the world and we continue to gaily contribute to the continual pollution of our planetary atmosphere.

We degrade our own environment and we allow a very small number of people, who are no more important than you or I, to become sickeningly rich on the environmentally destructive proceeds. Money, growth, power, and not giving a stuff, are doing injurious harm to our Australian environment.

Freedom: We are free from starvation, but we are not free. We are free from civil war, but we are not free. We are currently mainly free from totalitarian suppression, but we are not free.

We are a controlled people – controlled by the ‘growth’ wish, controlled and socially engineered by our governments, controlled and manipulated by our advertising industry, controlled and constrained by our own collective small thinking.

We wave and claim our mythical flag of freedom, we wrap ourselves up in it, we broadcast it to the world, and we forget that to an outside observer we simply appear to be using the ephemeral strands of the mythology of Australia to weave a shroud of our own making.

Now, having said all that – there is nowhere else I’d rather live. The wonderful thing about faults … and Australia is replete with them … is that they can be rectified.

So let’s continue to agitate for the establishment of a better Australia!

 

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  1. a wagner

    What an accurate description of where we find ourselves right now.
    And a call for COMMONSENSE again!

  2. Phil

    Yes. Yes. I like this article. It is a succinct summation. From this we can launch up and outwards to rectification. Nice writing Keith.

  3. Harquebus

    Alright. Who are ya and what have you done with the real Keith Davis?

    Excellent.

  4. Rosemary (@RosemaryJ36)

    A brilliant article! We now know what we need. The next step is to sort out how to get it.

  5. Clive Manson

    Good article, and for those who believe the Nation comes before incumbency, think again!
    PM’s Fraser, Hawke, Keating, and Howard were all asked a similar question, “would you prefer 4 year term?”
    All replied in a similar tone, “yes, it would allow us to get more contentious legislation thru parliment!”
    Extrapolating, if it was good legislation for the nation, why not put it forward? Answer. The electorate might remember if we had three year terms, and vote us out!
    All these PM’s put their job, or party before the common good.
    I left out Rudd and Gillard, as I do not believe they were asked a similar question, but could guess the response if the question were put!

  6. stephentardrew

    Nice summary:

    The only thing I would add in the environment is planned obsolescence it must be the single most destructive force of over consumption and creation of mountains of unnecessary garbage on the planet.

  7. James Mason

    “Ya took the words right outa my mouth” … Spot on Keith…

  8. Hotspringer

    True talk. I may bitch but wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Great place, shame about the “government”.

  9. keith davis

    Hi Harquebus … as for what I have done with the ‘real me’ … let’s just say that who I am, or who anybody is for that matter, is an ongoing voyage of discovery. I get up each morning, pat the kombi and the old dog, and then launch off into the day’s adventures. That’s who I am, and that’s what I do. Sometimes those adventures are grand … sometimes they’re as boring as. As a 62 year old oldish hippie I do know this though … to simply wake up breathing is a sheer delight in itself!

  10. Harquebus

    Keith Davis.
    I also consider myself a hippie type and have the long hair and beard. When I was a young man, I took a year off to travel this country, most of it in a kombi. One of the best times of my life.
    You would have been near the end of your primary school years when I started.
    I also wake up grateful for another day.
    Definitely the best of your articles that I have read so far. Well done.
    Hope to have that beer, er, mead with you someday.
    Cheers.

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