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Category: Australian Politics

Eat at Home

The Australian Government must be motivated to get people to eat at home and to kick a lot of restaurants off the face of the planet along with the entry-level jobs they provide.  Prodos and I will probably not be holding our two weekly meetings anyplace but our own home if this plan goes ahead.   Maybe we can get our participants to each bring a pot-luck dish…

Restaurant Awards Hike Hard to Stomach


Unions Opt for Jobs Over Pay

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Aboriginal Incorrectness

The Australian Aborigines have a life span 17 years shorter than the average life span of other Australians. The physical and sexual abuse of women and children is extraordinarily high in many Aboriginal communities. Alcoholism and drug abuse is rife.

Surrounding this sad mess are the inevitable politically correct stances and symbolic gestures by the larger Australian community that amount to nothing substantial, and instead of improvement the problems are said to be getting ever worse. Millions if not billions of dollars have been given to indiginous organizations to try to improve the lives of Aboriginal people. But money hasn’t bought happiness, or even relief.

And the political correctness never ends. It’s a “correctness” that masks real causes and solutions and makes a very big deal out of symbolic gestures, such as the demand that white Australia says “Sorry!” for the “Stolen Generation” – a group of Aborigines who were allegedly taken unjustly from their families and raised in institutions or adopted by white families. Supposedly,the intent behind this stealing was to cause the indiginous people to blend into white society and hence to die out as a racial and cultural group.

I don’t know whether that was the government’s intention or not.  But given the widespread abuse of Aboriginal children today among their own people, it is not difficult to believe that the “Stolen Generation” might actually have been a rescued generation. I don’t want to deny that some people were stolen unjustly from loving homes or that some were taken and then mistreated. I don’t know what actually did happen. But I’m saying that I’m not comfortable buying the politically correct story as it’s offered today. I definitely need to know more.

Politics attracts demagogues looking for outrages to exploit, and encourages con artists who parade as victims for gain.  So it’s a bad idea to let knee-jerk compassion overrule careful consideration.

Here’s a fellow who has had extensive relations with the Aboriginal community. I’m linking to a particular article of his, but note that he has a whole category regarding  Aborigines. It’s a non-politically correct viewpoint he espouses. But I think he writes with a carefully considered, actually compassionate view of what’s been going wrong.

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Access Card? No Way!

Last night (my birthday, btw) Prodos and I went to a dinner/lecture at the Adam Smith Club here in Melbourne. Tim Warner was the guest speaker, and his topic was the impending legislation to create a “smart card” to be used to identify evey resident in Australia.

While the card promises to cut down on red tape for citizens and the government in a number of ways, the dangers of having such a card are far worse than the advantages.

If you would like to know why Tim Warner urges Australians to reject the access card, you can listen to Prodos’s interviewwith Tim at PRODOS WORLDWIDE.

The basic argument against the card is that the very efficiency that makes it appealing is also the efficiency that will make the card dangerous in more ways than one. And the claim that it will help fight terrorism is completely bogus.

Tim is also creating a websitethat will include notes from his speech, informational links,and handouts that Australians can print out and hand around. The site is under construction at Access Card No Way.

But even if you are not living in Australia, you might as well read up on this scheme now, because it’s not something that is going to remain peculiar to Australia. Britain is further down this road than we are, and you can bet that many other countries are eyeing the card and will be watching what happens in the countries that go first.

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