Bit by bit over the past decade,
I have developed a steadily growing discomfort
at how my beloved Australia has been developing.
Australia has ALWAYS engendered a certain amount of racism
– sorry Great Britain, that’s your legacy –
First Settlers – Indigenous Aborigines + Irish + Chinese
Post WWI – Germans
Depression – Anyone with an accent
Post WWII – Germans + Italians
1950’s & 60’s – Italians + anyone with a Russian ‘sounding’ accent
1970’s & 80’s – Vietnamese, et al. + Americans (not Canadians) + Middle East
2000’s – Anyone who is Islamic + looks like they could be Islamic + has a strong accent from somewhere + arrived by via a boat of any description
This is obviously not an exhaustive list.
I could go on . . .
A vast majority of our society
seems to be developing a more conservative,
and therefore radical,
attitude towards every kind of social behaviour.
Parenting, immigration, multiculturalism, sexism, pornography,
economics, art, education, beauty, media, celebrity, etc.
And this behaviour is becoming grossly unacceptable.
The behaviour of so many of my country men & women is abusive, ill-informed, bigoted and down right scary.
I AM scared.
I am scared of what my country is becoming.
Need some examples?
works in the media – radio presenting, television, etc
and is married with two children, and another on the way.
On a morning television show,
she made a throw-away but inappropriate comment
about a serving Victorian Cross recipient, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith.
Although she apologised on air and in person to the ‘victim’
(he laughed it off with laconic humour and holds NO grudge to this day)
she was attacked through out the media and in her personal life.
Facebook, her blog, her employers websites, emails
even on her way to dropping her eldest daughter to school.
who she did not know,
approached her and said:
“I hope you lose you job and all your money and I hope that you become SO poor that you and your daughters become homeless”.
. . . – – – . . .
Attacks on Women & Girls,
have also escalated over the past two decades.
It’s almost as if there is a surge against women’s rights,
being enforced with brutality and sexual assault.
These attacks are NOT confined to certain cultural groups
who are maligned in the media as being women-haters.
These attacks are happening throughout our society
– economic + cultural + religious + ethinic
Boys are STILL being raised as women-haters,
invoking violence, abuse and appalling behaviour.
a news article was written describing the enormous despair
felt by NSW Minister for Citizenship & Communities, Victor Dominello,
towards violence against women.
He explained that in the previous week, while overseas,
he had learned of some unbelievable violent incidents
being perpetrated, and reported
Not in Saudi Arabia, where women have few civil rights,
or Taliban-beholden Northern Pakistan
or military-controlled Cambodia.
It was happening in modern Australia.
LAST WEEK !!!
. . . – – – . . .
Whether you are a conservative or left-wing or anywhere in between,
I believe you would find it difficult to objectively defend the treatment metered out
to the then Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Guillard.
The majority of it was purely personal, much of it centred around her gender.
Just a taste of what was written about our
serving PRIME MINISTER !
God it makes me sick when I remember it.
Think I’m, over-reacting?
Type “Julia Guillard does not speak for me”
into any search engine and see what comes up.
One of the the very VERY few who spoke about Julia Guillard
was Australian ravishing redhead,
Julia Guillard & Eden Riley, Women Extraordinaire
Eden put aside her own ‘leftie’ political agenda
(she has none, btw)
and interviewed Julia for her regular Friday blog posts: “Street Talk”,
where she would interview a stranger.
The interview was refreshing and honest and unbiased.
It was one woman interviewing another woman.
But . . .
. . . towards the end of the blog post, Eden said “But she wasn’t getting a fair go. And I hate unfairness”.
Eden Riley was then, herself,
attacked in the media and online
for being biased,
some even going so far as to attack her
because she had not interviewed the Leader of the Opposition
(who was and is a man).
. . . – – – . . .
I think that is what is happening in Australia at the moment.
We are being unfair.
We are being stupid.
We are behaving in a manner that is ‘Un-Australian’.
There is SO much wrong with the world already,
why can’t we just build on our successes
and grow as a nation?
Don’t answer that question.
I already KNOW the answer 😦
I think that although this seems like a MAMMOTH problem,
that cannot be fixed easily,
All we have to do as Australians, is
and then think:
“In 10 years time, will I be proud of this moment?
Will I have made a positive difference?
Will I want my children to emulate me?”
If we were able
to act and think like this,
Australia would one day be a nation I believe we could all be proud of.
Not like it is today.