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Operation Kombi Borders

By Keith Davis

My first People Smuggling trip will be on Sunday 28th June and I fully intend to smuggle a Kombi load of people, plus my old dog, from Brisbane to Gympie. Once there we will take a happy stroll up Mary St, do the important march thing, and then desperately hope that there will be a coffee shop open somewhere afterwards (we locals know what Gympie is like on a Sunday).

I’ve sent out a few invitations to prospective smuggle-ees and I sure hope that they are available to pile in the Kombi for this inaugural test of Operation Kombi Borders.

I hope an Indigenous Person can come. As we all know the Indigenous People of Australia have been here for over 60,000 years or so which is an awful long time, and our lot have been here for a tad over 200 years, which does not in comparison even qualify as an eye blink in time. During the journey I’ll try and convince this Indigenous Person that I do understand that it is not a case of whether I should Recognise them, but that it is in truth a case of whether, given everything that has been done to their people over the last two centuries, they still have enough grace and patience left to Recognise me.

I hope an Asylum Seeker can come. I will try and convince this person who is fleeing for their life that not all Australians are bereft of compassion. I’ll let them know that since my ancestors were of solid convict stock I’m a descendant of Australia’s original Boat People. Engraved on my very DNA is the historical memory of how it feels to be banished to an isolated hell hole and forced to endure a regime of unremitting mental torture. I’ll do my best to assure this Asylum Seeker that not every Australian is a heartless bastard.

I hope GillianTriggs can come. I’ll let her sit in the front passenger seat and I’ll even supply the megaphone. I’ll assure her that free speech is allowed in the Kombi and that I will personally guarantee that she will not be viciously attacked for simply having the courage to stand up and say publicly what a hell of a lot of the rest of us are thinking as well.

I hope Rosie Batty can come. I will let her know that I agree with her assertion that Domestic Violence is nothing less than flat out Domestic Terrorism. I’ll also let her know that I understand that far more Australian women are killed each year by Domestic Terrorists, about 84 each and every year, than are killed by International Terrorists. No doubt I can share my confusion with her as to why we spend billions chasing International Terrorists but only spend a pittance on the far bigger problem of Domestic Terrorism.

I hope a Welfare Recipient can come. Since I am one too we can compare our enforced poverty scars and rue the fact that our Politicians get $270 per night to stay at their wive’s places while we get a roughly on par amount to try and survive for a whole week. At the same time we can muse over the fact that for every available job there are five people hoping to get it yet people are out there strongly condemning us as bludgers and leaners because we can’t find a job. The Kombi will rock with that one I can tell you.

I hope a Muslim Person can come. Stuck to the ceiling above their seat will be a little sign saying ‘You live in a free country. You are free to worship whoever you like, or not, as you wish. You have a right to live free of vilification and demonisation. You have a right not to be blamed for all the horrible things that happen in this world that are totally beyond your control’. This same little sign will be stuck above the Christian passenger’s seat, the Atheist passenger’s seat, the Buddhist passenger’s seat, and the spare back seat in case we spot a hopeful hitch-hiker. We’ll all be in the Kombi together and we can all read the little sign together.

So there you have it. On Sunday 28th June I’m about to test the capability boundaries of Operation Kombi Borders. I sincerely hope that the relevant authorities catch me as I smuggle people, and a dog, from Brisbane to Gympie. Since my BSB and Account details are on a sticker on the front windscreen they should have no trouble knowing where to deposit the $5,000.

If the first trip is successful I fully intend, as long as the Kombi doesn’t do its usual break down thing again, to then do three trips a month and end my welfare-ee state of enforced poverty forever.

I hope you can all join me on this first road trip!

Rallying point for the Gympie Civil Rights March on Sunday 28 June is Memorial Park at 1pm.

March commences at 1pm.




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  1. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    I’d love to come as the representative welfare recipient based on my extensive experience as an unemployed and under-employed mature age person with high qualifications, professional knowledge and experience and diverse skills. But being poor means I can’t afford the fare all the way from Victoria to Queensland for your great adventure. (Boohoo)

    Bummer that the welfare system doesn’t recognise or value the nuanced needs of welfare recipients. Bummer that Jovial Joe’s recent Budget outlays have not incorporated Micro Finance Grants and Micro Credit Loans for the unemployed and under-employed to be able to enter viable self-employment in our own STARTups with life and sustaining gov-assured and gov-backed funding.

    From where I stand, these essential needs and services are unrecognised and therefore not represented by any supposed government initiatives – certainly from this current degenerate LNP Government but also under the majority alternative Labor/Greens/Progressive Alliance. They ALL need to open their eyes to the realities of people’s lives.

  2. warriorwomyn2e

    Tut tut no room for gays in your Kombi? Reckon you’d get more money for a couple of gays especially if they are wanting to get married

  3. The AIM Network

    Good point, but knowing the author like I do I’m confident he’d welcome gay couple or single people.

  4. RosemaryJ36

    Satire is not dead and it can open our eyes to the truth. We all need to march on Saturday 28 June. The financial year will be nearly over but we can hope for change in the new one.

  5. Thomas Brookes

    Yes where are the gay people?

  6. Michael Taylor

    Where are the gay people?

    I hope you can all join me on this first road trip!

    I’m sure that includes gay people.

  7. Deidre Zanker

    Operation Kombi Borders: entertaining and honest. Send a copy to all LNP MP’s to help them rediscover their humanity.

  8. diannaart

    Pretty much what Jennifer Meyer-Smith said


  9. Lizzie

    What a great road trip – I may just join you. As an Australian Citizen with dual citizenship I’d better leave my snuggly, padded, winter waistcoat at home, incase I’m mistaken for a suicide bomber!

  10. Awabakal

    “As we all know the Indigenous People of Australia have been here for over 60,000 years or so …”

    Really? It appears to keep growing by 10,000 year increments. As well, it depends on which indigenous incursion one is talking about and as far as we know it would be one of the three, the last being way less than people would care to admit.

  11. Michael Taylor

    “As we all know the Indigenous People of Australia have been here for over 60,000 years or so …”

    Really? It appears to keep growing by 10,000 year increments.

    Yes, really.

    The oldest archaeological remains are dated at 63,000 years, being found at a rock shelter in Queensland.

    For many decades it was thought that Aboriginal people had been here 40,000, but that was based on faulty (C14) dating techniques.

  12. Kaye Lee

    One would hope that knowledge is updated as techniques improve. They have used DNA to trace the migration.

    “ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS ARE descendents of the first people to leave Africa up to 75,000 years ago, a genetic study has found, confirming they may have the oldest continuous culture on the planet.

    Professor Eske Willerslev of the University of Copenhagen, who led the study, says Aboriginal Australians were the first modern humans to traverse unknown territory in Asia and Australia. “It was a truly amazing journey that must have demanded exceptional survival skills and bravery,” he says.

    A century-old lock of hair, given by a West Australian indigenous man to an anthropologist, has led to the discovery that ancestors of Aboriginal Australians reached Asia at least 24,000 years before another wave of migration that populated Europe and Asia.

    Studying his DNA, the researchers found that the ancestors of Australian Aboriginals had split from the first modern human populations to leave Africa, 64,000 to 75,000 years ago. Dr Joe Dortch, a scientist at UWA, says the discovery turns on its head the existing theory that Aboriginals arrived here less than 50,000 years ago.”

    DNA confirms Aboriginal culture one of Earth’s oldest

  13. stephentardrew

    Thanks Kaye great article.

  14. diannaart

    That’s the great thing about science – it is never static, always adjusting as further discoveries made, or techniques improved. – unlike the dismal fact of set-in-stone dogma.

  15. Awabakal

    I happen to know an anthropologist who had his degree removed;

    Do not challenge papers or their place in the line of graft. Suffer retaliation if you dare.

    You can believe what is written and I can believe what I know.

    Btw – aboriginals never had blue paint, nor have they always painted in dot work.

    I know the group that falsified art works found in rock shelters in the Watagans.

  16. Kaye Lee

    kinda hard to fake DNA

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