Thursday, December 15, 2005



Howard's Australia

While I wasn't really following the news in Australia, it was difficult to avoid hearing about the Sydney riots. I'm not sure what the New Zealand coverage has been like, but from reading The Age, one thing is crystal clear: this is Howard's Australia, the endpoint of his policy of xenophobia towards immigrants. It's a point powerfully made by Bill Leak in a cartoon in The Australian on Tuesday, depicting "Howard's battlers" echoing his words on refugees - but applying them to Australians:

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And its a point made in The Age, which pointed the finger at Bali, 9/11, and the Tampa, the boatload of helpless refugees the Australian government refused to let ashore, and instead sent to its own offshore gulag on Nauru.

John Howard claims that Australia is not a racist nation. He's wrong. When even casual visitors are confronted with newspaper headlines about "blacks", and overhear people in the train station talking about "wogs" and "Lebbos" and how great it was that they got a bashing, you know that there is something deeply wrong with Australian society.

8 comments:

So Sydney & Ausie don't really change.

About 1970 I was taken on a special night out on a Friday in Sydney town,the guides were two vice squad night shift police with my Sydney agent who had arranged the tour.
In the course of the evening we passed through a pub in Woolomloo with the warning not to look anyone in the eye.
The main event was an Aboriginal girl being auctioned off to the highest bidder.
I have never forgotten that experience.
Aussie battlers indeed.

Posted by Anonymous : 12/15/2005 08:14:00 PM

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Posted by Anonymous : 12/15/2005 10:49:00 PM

If you don't like the fucking place, what are you doing spending your fucking money there, you hypocritical fuck? It's all very well to condemn it, but you're quite happy to holiday there...

It's all right for Muslim gangs to threaten innocent girls with rape, isn't it?? No story there...

Posted by Anonymous : 12/16/2005 06:08:00 PM

The above cartoon is guilty of the same sort of thing that is the problem.
It is equating a subsection of the comunity in particular a surfie gang with the entire comunity, just as certain comentators equate the lebanese gang with being lebanese.

There is racism out ther but in terms of cause and effect the white racism is just as much an effect as is hte lebanese racism/sexism etc.

The point is you need to develop some policies to make the situation better as opposed to starting a blame game.

Posted by Genius : 12/16/2005 08:54:00 PM

Anon3: because I'm not prescient.

And no, I don't think it's OK to threaten people with rape, or assault lifeguards for that matter - but that is what police and courts are for. And nedless to say, they should focus on apprehending and punishing the actual perpetrators of such crimes, rather than simply beating up everyone of the same racial group you can find on the basis of some theory of collective racial guilt.

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 12/16/2005 09:54:00 PM

Genius: Well, Howard did at one stage call Cronulla "a part of Sydney which has always represented to me what middle Australia is all about". And its something he deserves to be reminded about...

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 12/16/2005 10:16:00 PM

I know a policy that'll make things better:
"One bogan - one bullet".

Posted by Rich : 12/17/2005 02:11:00 PM

Strange how Greeks, Indians, Maoris, Tongans, Asians, etc have used Sydney's beaches for decades without being 'targeted' by those 'racist' Aussie scum Idiot's smearing here with a racist cartoon.

Could it have something to do with the behaviour of large groups of young Lebanese Muslim men? Having sucked up my share of sun on those beaches, I remember people of many races mingling without a care in the world. It's a very multi-cultural community. Strange how it's yet again a group of Muslims crying alienation whilst torching churches and sending text messages preaching jihad... Oh well... I guess it's just as well we have so many Islamic nations that provide true examples of what multiculturalism and tolerance can achieve - they certainly are a beacon for we benighted racist Westerners... I wonder what the beach scene's like in Iran... oh - wait...

Posted by adrien : 12/17/2005 03:08:00 PM