It’s Australia Day so expect some self-obsessed, over-promoted nong to brand Australians racist. In racist terms, of course.
That Anglo-Saxon smugness is a resilient child of hypocrisy and racism. The mawkish jingoism, the noisy triumphalism and trumped-up nationalism lead to the xenophobia that treats our humanity as something special and beyond the humanity of others who are not of these shores or of those, the original owners, who live within our shores but have been relegated as relics of history, beyond imagination.
Oh dear, the Aussie-haters were right. Australia Day has prompted ugly racist behaviour. Somehow, I don’t think the socialist elite will make a big deal of it.
A Labor apparatchik has been caught doing whatever it takes. Another day, another socialist screw-up.
For the record, this is what Tony Abbott told the media on Australia Day:
LOOK, I can understand why the tent embassy was established all those years ago. I think a lot has changed for the better since then. We had the historic apology just a few years ago, one of the genuine achievements of Kevin Rudd as prime minister. We had the proposal which is currently for national consideration to recognise indigenous people in the Constitution. I think the indigenous people of Australia can be very proud of the respect in which they are held by every Australian and, yes, I think a lot has changed since then and I think it probably is time to move on from that.
The Australian reveals today that certain commentators reported the news they’d like to hear, not the truth.
Sky News’s Susanne Latimore early on Thursday afternoon:
A PROTEST by indigenous people who were unhappy about calls by Tony Abbott to close down the Aboriginal tent embassy . . .
Yahoo! 7 News on Thursday:
TIME for tent embassy to fold: Abbott.
Dave Hughes on The Project:
DRAMATIC scenes for the PM and Tony Abbott today . . . It followed Abbott’s suggestion that the embassy should be dismantled.
Tent embassy co-founder Michael Anderson on Thursday:
HE (Abbott) said the Aboriginal embassy had to go, we heard it on a radio broadcast . . . You’ve got 1000 people here peacefully protesting and to make a statement about tearing down the embassy — it’s just madness on the part of Tony Abbott. What he said amounts to inciting racial riots.
This is the worst, though (from Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch Dog):
Here’s what Liberty Sanger, from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, had to say:
Liberty Sanger: I also think that it’s important to recognise why it is that they were storming the restaurant. They were angry at some comments that Tony Abbott had made earlier that day. He had been responding to a question about the Tent Embassy. And they didn’t like the answer – [namely that] he thought it might be time for them to dismantle the Tent Embassy.
Oh, the irony if Abbott chose to sue the pants off an ambulance chaser.