aussie pride! oi! oi! oi!
the tenure of the howard government has seen popular opinion marching steadily to the right, guided by an increasingly subservient mass media. tampa, detention centres, the war on terror. (and in recent weeks, praise for the death penalty, end of the unions and employee’s rights, and the decimation of the tertiary education system.)
those of you who voted liberal should be pleased at the advent of our very own australian kristalnacht in sydney in the last few days, your chooks have finally come home to roost. the sort of people whose virtue the tv always extols – beer-drinking, pie-eating, rugby-playing traditional aussie blokes have been draping themselves in the flag and chanting “oi! oi! oi!” as they beat up anybody with an olive complexion, while screaming (one assumes jokingly) “watch out, he might blow himself up!”
it’s not hard to see where the climate that allows this has come from, and it wasn’t surprising to see our PM on tv not trying very hard to denounce the kind of feelings that drove the mob, (suspecting that the same attitudes lie dormant in the breasts of the voting mums and dads of the australian heartland). “I would never denounce people taking pride in the Australian flag” he said.
i have never been so ashamed to be australian.