That NAIDOC was capped off with the sight of the Wallabies singing the National Anthem in some obscure Aboriginal dialect and the insane decision of NSW Premier Perrottet to replace the NSW state flag on the Harbour Bridge with the Aboriginal one were the last straws for me.
Worshiping stone age culture
As regards the Wallabies, what immediately struck me watching this sickening virtue signalling was this: when was the last time anyone saw the members of any national or state football team join in ‘as one’ to sing the English language version, i.e. the official one, of the National Anthem?
As to the Harbour Bridge issue, that brought to mind Uluru. In deference to Aboriginal ownership, we now no longer refer to it as Ayres Rock and we accede to the wish not to climb it, despite the fact that there was never any tradition of not climbing. But the Harbour Bridge owes nothing whatsoever to Aboriginal tradition, history or technology. It was built by the people of New South Wales. Sixteen of them lost their lives in its construction. And yet the Premier of New South Wales has unilaterally decided to remove the flag symbolizing the efforts and sacrifices of those people and replace it with the Aboriginal flag. This was not done at the behest of the Commonwealth government. It was Perrottet’s own weak-kneed initiative. …
What the left say their reason is:
The claim is made that recognition, in the Constitution, of Aboriginal people as the original owners/inhabitants of this continent will make them feel empowered and give them confidence to stride ahead into the future. Some will tell you this recognition is purely symbolic. Mostly it is white supporters who push this line. The most influential Indigenous activists reject mere symbolism. They are quite open about the fact that they want some form of self-government. However, for the moment let’s look at the idea of symbolic recognition. …
The obvious problem with what they say:
Why wouldn’t Aborigines already feel empowered and included when they see their flag flying outside every public building in the land?
Why wouldn’t Aborigines already feel empowered and included when they are acknowledged at every public event?
Why wouldn’t Aborigines already feel empowered and included when they are invited to welcome us to their country at almost every public event?
Why would not Indigenous people already feel empowered and included when they see their culture mandated as a cross curriculum imperative in our schools?
Why wouldn’t Aborigines feel empowered and included when they see their culture front and centre at the opening ceremony of all major sporting events? …
What the left really wants:
The real agenda, hinted at in the Uluru Statement and openly expressed by many of the leading Indigenous activists, is for a separate Aboriginal sovereignty, of equal standing with the sovereignty that already forms the basis of Australia. This would be a recipe for disaster. Potentially, you might find yourself subject to a different set of laws than your next-door neighbour.
Endless racial turmoil is a great distraction from the class war, in which an entitled bunch of lefty bureaucrats are in control of printing money and disbursing it via government to their fellow travelers. They pay themselves what they say they are worth, rather than what a competitive market would pay them. Behold, private sector lackies under the discipline of the market! We have the cash, so do as we want!
hat-tip Stephen Neil