They came here on boats. They had no permissions or passports. What’s more, many of them were guilty of crimes in their country of origin – that’s why they had to leave. Yes, I know that some of the bleeding hearts will say that their crimes were not that serious, but the fact remains, they broke the law of the country where they previously lived, and they had no intention of trying to adopt the values of Australia. They insisted that they had a right to be here, and many of them were aggressive and unwilling to behave in a friendly manner.
So why some people seem so intent on insisting that we celebrate Australian Day on the anniversary of their landing is totally beyond me. Particularly when we treat recent boat arrivals so harshly. January 26th – some people tell us that we should celebrate on that date because that was the date that a group of convicts and soldiers arrived, hoisted a flag and said, “This is Australia”. Except that they didn’t have any concept that they were starting up a country. This was just a British outpost and good for nothing except getting rid of human baggage. There was no pride in their new “country” and the flag that they raised was the British flag. You know, the same one that the ANZACs fought and died under.
I guess some people will think that I shouldn’t say these things. After all, countries depend on their myths, not the truth. Once one starts telling the truth, then one is an unpatriotic scoundrel. It’s like pointing out that, in some places, you’d be fighting for God and justice on the other side of the border were it not for the fact that they drew the line a few kilometres to the left in order not to make it too wobbly.
I’ve always said that we should celebrate the Rum Rebellion on January 26th. Coincidently, that’s the day it occurred. And who could object to people rising up and getting rid of a leader with Bligh in his name. Certainly not Malcolm Turnbull. Although his middle name is “Bligh”, nobody has called him a leader… Ok, Malcolm himself called himself “a strong leader”, but that’s like me looking in the mirror and saying “I am one gorgeous man”. Not only does it not make it true, it doesn’t make it any less pathetic just because one says it twice and nods.
Speaking of pathetic, has anyone else grown concerned about Australia turning into Cuba? And by anyone else, I don’t mean that I’ve grown concerned. I just mean anyone about from Liberal, Dan Tehan who backed up Matty Cormann’s concerns that if Bill Shorten gets elected Australia will turn into some sort of socialist state where people get taxed on the basis of their capacity to pay. At this point, I remember a line from some comedian who told us that everyone knew why Robin Hood only robbed from the rich: the poor didn’t have anything worth stealing.
Anyway, Mr Tehan told us:
“I‘ve also seen it in Cuba when I was a diplomat, we’ve seen socialism there and people called it socialism in the sun.
“They’d praise what they were doing with doctors and how they were exporting doctors, but when you went to hospital there you had to take your own bed linen, you had to take your own toilet roll, you had to take your own light bulb.”
Now, apart from the fact that this seems totally consistent with the Liberals “user pays” philosophy, one has to wonder what these terrible policies that’ll turn us all into Stalinists… Or were Cuba Trotskyites? Whatever, they weren’t capitalists and they have the sort of government that wants to interfere with your private life. You know, things like restricting who you marry and demanding that you pledge allegiance to national days…
Basically, the thing that you need to be concerned about are:
- You won’t be able to use your family trust any more.
- You won’t be able to negative gear any existing houses, unless you’ve already begun an arrangement like this.
- Your business won’t get the tax cut of a couple of percent.
- The bit of your income over $180,000 will be subject to an extra two percent tax. While it was the Liberals that brought this in, they only did it as a temporary measure until we’d all forgotten that they promised to bring the Budget back into surplus. Now that they’ve given up all hope of ever doing this, there’s no need to impose extra tax on those earning a paltry $180,000… Ok, it’s only being imposed on those earning MORE than $180,000 and surely we shouldn’t tax people like that, or else nobody will have an incentive to take on a job like the one at Australia Post that paid several million a year.
- Shorten is vowing to do something about inequality, but if people were meant to be equal, God wouldn’t have created people who vote for One Nation.
You know, come election day, I don’t see Shorten having a lot of potential votes in the people likely to be upset by anything on that list. This attack from the Liberals makes about as much sense as suggesting that if the Labor Party takes a particular course of action then none of the Murdoch editors will run an editorial telling us to vote for Shorten. Let’s be real, even if it was Labor policy to deify Rupert, they’d be unlikely to get a favourable response from the Daily Telegraph. Besides Rupert may see that as insulting because he already considers himself a god.
Sorry, I got sidetracked. Anyway, to sum up. Forget the controversy about citizenship ceremonies and Australia Day. Next January 26th, grab yourself a rum and parade the streets chanting, “Hey, hey, hi, hi, let’s get get of old man Bligh, ha, ha, he’s now gone, so up his bum, let’s all drink the bloody rum!” I promise you that you won’t be the most ridiculous looking person on that date!