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Lauredhel is an Australian woman and mother with a disability. She blogs about disability and accessibility, social and reproductive justice, gender, freedom from violence, the uses and misuses of language, medical science, otters, gardening, and cooking.

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19 responses to “Australia Day: “Speak English!””

  1. Rayedish

    Great story Lauredhel. Happy Australia Day and thanks for shout out.

    Rayedish’s last blog post..Apparently, I’m “Un-Australian”..

  2. WildlyParenthetical

    Fabulous story, Lauredhel. I’m not a big ‘straya Day girl, but that’s a warm-the-cockles tale.

  3. Grendel

    I’ve done my post today to and like many I am unimpressed with the sudden rush of 24-hour patriotism that will evaporate with the morning hangover tomorrow.

    Too many made-in-china plastic flags littering the highways of Australia is not consistent with celebrating our nation and all its people.

    Grendel’s last blog post..Happy Australia Day

  4. theparissite

    That’s the sort of good Aussie yarn that needs to be re-told as often as possible, speshly on straya day

    theparissite’s last blog post..Invasion Day

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  6. Aphie

    Loved this story. Lots.

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  8. Deus Ex Macintosh

    Never tackle a Dad armed with BBQ tongs… Reminds me, I need to pop into my local Australia-themed pub for a Violet Crumble tonight.

    Deus Ex Macintosh’s last blog post..Voldemort gets a peerage

  9. Sowing The Seeds

    I totally agree with that dad you know. We speak Australian here. It’s very different to English dont ya reckon?

  10. blue milk

    Nice one. I like your story.

    I find myself very suspicious of all the patriotism, even on (especially on) a national holiday. I have trouble not associating a public flag waving spectacle with the Cronulla race riots and “Love It Or Leave It” bumper stickers. I try to tell myself that this is probably a different motivation with all these people but it creeps me out none the less.

  11. Jet

    Thank you for sharing this. It made me feel a little better, since I read it just after returning from a walk where I witness a flag-bedecked speeding Ford full of white young male assholes, screaming racist and homophobic abuse at random non-white passers-by.

    I am seething that I was not close enough to either offer my support to the insulted individuals, or tell the assholes to go home themselves, and keep their toxic opinions to themselves. Ugh. That’s what I hate about Australia Day; this perceived license to abuse. Makes me bloody well ashamed.

    Jet’s last blog post..Wanker of the Day

  12. Desipis

    I find myself very suspicious of all the patriotism, even on (especially on) a national holiday. I have trouble not associating a public flag waving spectacle with the Cronulla race riots and “Love It Or Leave It” bumper stickers.

    Being suspicious of proud Australian’s because of the Cronulla riots is as bad as being suspicious of proud Muslims because of September 11. Don’t let the actions of a minority taint the image of something great.

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  14. h-jg

    loved this little anecdote! I personally stopped celebrating Australia day years ago ( I’m just really weirded out by the idea that we should blindly celebrate Australia’s history) but I still can’t complain about public holidays ( no work for me!)

  15. Michelle

    That’s a great story, glad those idiots got stumped like that… I can’t stand people who get in people’s faces about speaking their own native language in their own private group. Do these dickheads really think that immigrants should always speak English, even amongst their own family? Do they even think about things like this? Do they not even care and just want to start some shit with people who look different? Don’t answer that, I think I already know.

  16. malpas

    It is easy to denounce people when you are not at risk of exclusion in your own milieu.
    And none of you can speak an aboriginal tongue so you are technically aauslanders.

  17. P.P.

    I fully support the proposal to change the date. Cronulla Riots shame aside, it totally rubs the issue of colonisation in the faces of Aboriginal people.
    It doesn’t even hold any symbolic meaning for me as an Australian of convict heritage. My ancestors were the homeless, the poverty-stricken result of the industrialised age, who were shipped here as slave sto help build the new british empire. Fuck celebrating that.

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