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4 responses to “Thoughts on Australia Day / Invasion Day”

  1. tigtog

    Perspicacious, eloquent and more.

    I ended up copping out today on my original intention to spend the afternoon at the Yabun Survival Day festival – it was just too hot and I didn’t feel up to it.

    I very much like the idea of remembering on this day examples of the best we can be.

  2. Schmeedle

    Some of Tony Abbott’s thought on Australia Day, from a speech published on his website – “It is a proud people that you are joining. We had inauspicious beginnings. The first lot of Australians were chosen by the finest judges in England, not always for good reasons, and from that rather inauspicious beginning we have become a rich, a free and a fair society which has contributed so much to the wider world in good times and in not so good times.”

    The opposite of thoughtful and moving. It’s another game of “Slime or Stupidity?” (as First dog on the moon puts it).

  3. tigtog

    Just saw this on Twitter:

  4. f*ckpoliteness

    Oh, Mummy! He really just said that the first Australians were the convicts!? (I don’t know why I’m shocked, it *is* Abbott).

    That’s a really lovely quote. The sudden outpourings of hostile nationalistic b.s. that cropped up on Facebook from people I expected better of was disheartening.

    I wish that instead, people would mark ‘Australia Day’ by this sort of meditative reflection rather than knee-jerk, ill-disguised White Pride. :(

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