Oh yeah, SHE’S BACK!
In my first speech in 1996 I said we were in danger of being swamped by Asians. This was not said out of disrespect for Asians but was meant as a slap in the face to both the Liberal and Labor governments who opened the floodgates to immigration, targeting cultures purely for the vote, as expressed by former Labor minister Barry Jones – to such an extent that society changed too rapidly due to migrants coming in the front door but also the back door, via New Zealand. Now we are in danger of being swamped by Muslims, who bear a culture and ideology that is incompatible with our own.
On her 1996 speech check some facts: Has Australia been ‘swamped by Asians’? The quote above is of course from yesterday’s maiden speech in the Senate. And guess what? The Revenant of Oz and I have something in common.
I love my country, culture and way of life. My pride and patriotism were instilled in me from an early age when I watched the Australian flag raised every morning at school and sang the national anthem; watching our athletes compete on the world stage, proud to salute the Australian flag being raised to honour them as they took their place on podiums. It is about belonging, respect and commitment to fight for Australia.
Back in Sutherland in 1951-1952 we saw the Union Jack as much as the Oz flag, and we pledged: “I honour my God, I serve my King, I salute the flag.” And yes, I was proud when my cousin won a gold medal at Munich in 1972, and so on and so on. Proud of my convict ancestry back to 1822, of my Scottish ancestry back to the later 19th century, of my rellies that served from South Africa through the Great War and WW2, and so on…
Update: And as this article points out, the National Anthem in the “golden age” did not anywhere mention Australia, being “God Save the King/Queen”.
But this is not my patriotism; rather, it is the type of thing we fought against in WW2:
As I put it in my Cronulla posts in 2005:
Look at those raised arms and imagine swastika flags… Yes, the Aussies really worried me that day, and I am sure my father would have seen the imagery with considerable disquiet. He would also recall the New Guard of the 1930s, for whom he had no respect whatsoever. This is not patriotism: this is mindless jingoism and tribalism. Nor is it what the bulk of Cronulla-ites had in mind when that day began. Unfortunately, neo-Nazis and sheer bogans from as far away as Penrith and Campbelltown (not a rumour — I have read their blogs) joined in the general anarchy. I have no more time for them than I have for the hoons who have been wrecking enjoyment at the beach, some of whom attacked those lifesavers. But that’s OK, isn’t it: “our” bogans attack ambos and attempt to kill innocent bystanders, no questions asked…
The problem with the entry below** is the quote is ironic. I wouldn’t have touched most of this crowd with a barge-pole personally, and THAT is a patriotic point of view in my opinion. I am the citizen of a country that is a bit more grown-up than the one some of these people seem to want.
And with friend like these:
The Revenant with the now defunct Australian National Socialist Party’s most notorious member…
she agrees she knows May but says she does not support his racist opinions.
Still, she gives a voice to views dear to the heart of such folk as those above. And of course to anyone really who has “had a gutful” or is “totally pissed off” or just plain scared.
You can read for yourself what The Revenant said in her speech, and some of it is mainstream enough—though not much of it, I hope. For example, The Revenant says her patriotism “will never be traded or given up for the mantras of diversity or tolerance. Australia had a national identity before Federation, and it had nothing to do with diversity and everything to do with belonging.” I on the other hand put diversity and tolerance at the core of my patriotism. I think “fair go” captures that. For more see my 2011 series Being Australian.
Multiculturalism in Australia is conditioned by compatibility with the citizenship pledge.
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,whose democratic beliefs I share,whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey.
There is scope there for 1,001 individual or cultural variations. Assumed is a sufficient degree of integration both for the welfare of the individual and for community harmony – but this depends above all on willingness to accept difference as part of our freedom as citizens.
And there are heaps of positive examples to consider. Just lately I was struck by this story about the very successful AFL Club the Western Sydney Giants.
SARAH WHITE: Tony Shepherd knows a thing or two about goals.
The former president of the Business Council of Australia has been at the helm of the Giants’ rise since the beginning.
ZAC WILLIAMS: How are you going, mate? You alright?
TONY SHEPHERD: Good mate, Terrific.
The blueprint was one of let’s push on the community football, at the same time as we create an elite club. Let’s build the team gradually based on draft picks and what have you and let’s work the community side of it at the same time.
SARAH WHITE: That support is something the Giants are developing at a grassroots level across the region.
MOHAMAD YAGHI, AFL PLAYER: Firstly, when I thought of AFL I used to think it was just a trash sport and then I started playing it and got used to the game. I prefer it over most sports now.
SARAH WHITE: The AFL has introduced a program aimed at encouraging more Muslim youth to play the game.
SAM GRAHAM, AFL NSW/ACT: We’re very open and inclusive. So we look to work with different communities that are underrepresented in our game.
MOHAMAD YAGHI: I feel like I have a career in AFL if I keep training and dedicating my time to AFL.
HATEM EL-DARAJ, AFL PLAYER: My family is originally from Lebanon. They’re more soccer-based but when I started rugby league five years ago they were just so into it.
Now with AFL coming in, my family is supporting me heaps. Most of my school plays AFL now…
See also Embracing footy: the sporting dimensions of Australian Muslim identity in greater Western Sydney and Iftar with the GIANTS.
After the success of last year’s inaugural Iftar dinner, this year’s event was held with guests including Richmond player and Australia Post Multicultural Ambassador Bachar Houli, a practicing Muslim, Hon Michael Keenan MP, AFL Commissioner Jason Ball and AFL GM People, Customer and Community Dorothy Hisgrove.
GIANTS midfielder and Australia Post Multicultural Ambassador Stephen Coniglio was in attendance, along with CEO David Matthews, coach Leon Cameron, assistant coach Luke Power and Football Operations Manager Simon Katich.
“As a club the GIANTS, and through programs like GIANTS Care, really do want to connect with the diversity and the communities in Western Sydney,” GIANTS CEO David Matthews said.
“We’re very keen as an AFL club to make sure that the community understand that we’re here for the long haul. We’re here to benefit the community and we’re not just here to play games of football. We’re here to be a great community citizen and that’s what GIANTS Care is about.”
There were people from a variety of backgrounds at the event including representatives from the Vietnamese, Sudanese and Indian communities, among others.
This is the way to go, not the Way of The Revenant!
Meanwhile Senator Socrates Belfry put on a fetching tinfoil hat for his Maiden Speech.
Like Socrates, I love asking questions to get to the truth…
It is basic. The sun warms the earth’s surface. The surface, by contact, warms the moving, circulating atmosphere. That means the atmosphere cools the surface. How then can the atmosphere warm it? It cannot. That is why their computer models are wrong. The UN’s claim is absurd. Instead of science, activists invoke morality, imply natural weather events are unusual, appeal to authority and use name-calling, ridicule and emotion. They avoid discussing facts and rely on pictures of cute smiling dolphins. These are not evidence of human effect on climate.
If it is clear that climate change is a scam…
Well, I am afraid the American Institute of Physics (and anyone with half a brain) might gag at some of that.
In the 19th century, scientists realized that gases in the atmosphere cause a “greenhouse effect” which affects the planet’s temperature. These scientists were interested chiefly in the possibility that a lower level of carbon dioxide gas might explain the ice ages of the distant past. At the turn of the century, Svante Arrhenius calculated that emissions from human industry might someday bring a global warming. Other scientists dismissed his idea as faulty. In 1938, G.S. Callendar argued that the level of carbon dioxide was climbing and raising global temperature, but most scientists found his arguments implausible. It was almost by chance that a few researchers in the 1950s discovered that global warming truly was possible. In the early 1960s, C.D. Keeling measured the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere: it was rising fast. Researchers began to take an interest, struggling to understand how the level of carbon dioxide had changed in the past, and how the level was influenced by chemical and biological forces. They found that the gas plays a crucial role in climate change, so that the rising level could gravely affect our future. (This essay covers only developments relating directly to carbon dioxide, with a separate essay for Other Greenhouse Gases. Theories are discussed in the essay on Simple Models of Climate.)
Then there are things like:
Australia’s values and way of life are also at risk from insidious institutions such as the unelected swill that is the United Nations. The people of the United Kingdom recently spoke, and I have great admiration for the way they broke free of that socialist, monolithic monster, the European Union. The EU is a template for total socialist domination of Europe through unelected bodies, such as the IMF, forcing their frightening agenda on the people. It is also the UN’s template, and Australia must leave the UN. We need an Aus-exit.
Thanks to many researchers, like my colleague Graham Williamson and Graham Strachan, people are waking to the UN destroying our national sovereignty through implementation of the UN’s 1975 Lima declaration and 1992 Rio declaration for 21st century global governance, often known as Agenda 21—more recently as Agenda 2030. It was signed quietly by the then government and sneakily implemented by ministers of every government since under the guise of biodiversity to steal property rights, sustainability to pass regulations controlling people and climate change to push foreign control using unlawful agreements like the Paris sham.
He does eschew racism as such, though there is a sting in the tail:
Growing up, my parents taught me to respect all cultures and religions. I lived with people of all faiths—Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and Christians. Australia has developed a society where people of all faiths are free to get along. In particular, we must maintain our well-developed standards on the treatment of women and girls, and children in general, and the equal advancement of people from all ancestries and all colours of skin. We should welcome anyone of any background who wants to live in peace. But for those who do not plan to integrate into our culture and laws, we need to protect our borders and keep them out.
Update: Excellent rebuttal of Socrates Belfry’s egregious claims on climate change— a handy reference list of his main arguments.
Six more years eh! Let’s hope we really don’t get swamped by Revenants!
Update 16 September
Lots of good letters in the Herald. Just one, from an Illawarra reader:
As a former chair of the NSW Ethnic Schools Board, I cannot remain silent any longer about Pauline Hanson’s ignorant comments. Australia is and should remain a welcoming multicultural society. When, as part of my duties, I visited Muslim schools or mosques, I was welcomed very very kindly. The Muslims I met and spoke to were warm and friendly. It was a joy to learn about their culture and their beliefs. Some of those beliefs or cultural practices are different from my own but if I have the right to practise my beliefs, then they, too, must have the right to practise theirs.
Madeleine Strong Cincotta Figtree
And Cathy Wilcox’s cartoon:
See also We fact checked 19 claims in the Revenant’s half hour speech. For example, a more minor one:
Political Correctness has seen bibles removed from most hospitals
Their tolerance to our customs has seen […] bibles not to be found in most hospitals.
SBS understands that tens of thousands of bibles continue to be distributed to hospitals in Australia by groups like the Gideons.
A spokesperson from the health department in the Senator’s home state of Queensland told SBS that bibles are available on request in most public hospitals in the state.