What happened to you Australia? A Grand Vision to behold

1, Stop the Boats
2, Stop the Carbon Tax
3, Build the Roads

Here I give you, ladies and gentlemen, the grand vision that was used to chose our present government on. Experts on elections now all agree that it was this simple (ton) message that made Tony Abbott our Messiah for Australia’s Golden age that now awaits us.

We had aspirations once for a country that included a fair go for all, a genuine care for the underdog which had a modest Harry’s café at Woolloomooloo catering for the down and outs and others not so out. Drop in centres for the lost and forlorn at Kings Cross, the Wayside Chapel. The vision of a man who walked at night and scribed a magic “Eternity” on street corners. A mad Beatrice Miles catching taxis while shouting loud her real or imagined protestations. Eccentric soap box orators at Hyde park and above all, a wish to better ourselves for all. Students and their professors would hurl rocks and insults to stuffy unyielding Prime ministers. We held strong views and ‘opposed’. They, the ratbag politicians at the time, retaliated by ‘drive over the bastards’. We held our course and kept our passion. We opposed.

We were much more inclined fighting parochialism, mediocrity and opposed the Vietnam war even though we also had a history of racism, the White Australian Policy. But… also finally accepted, albeit with some reluctance, non-British migrants even if they had a darker skin and smelled of garlic and ate funny food. We followed this with outdoor-footpaths dining and women were allowed in pubs, amazingly, just as likely to enjoy a drink as men. We accepted Vietnamese boat people by the tens of thousands and opened our doors to new ideas and had foresight. We had the musical ‘Hair’ and became tolerant of differences and those that spoke different languages. We were not mediocre then.

And now? We are back at this!
1, Stop the Boats
2, Stop the Carbon Tax
3, Build the Roads

A country that plays as its background a continuous ruthless policy of humiliating and punishing boat people, a people that have done nothing wrong, will never have a ‘grand vision’ of itself. We have in place a ‘no comment will be given’ policy that will not allow even the mentioning of boat people’s arrivals. All now must be kept hidden. At no stage of our history has so much xenophobia been whipped up over such an issue of desperate people risking lives to escape the horrors of war and upheavals. We used to be generous.

One of the most compassionate and staunch supporter of boatpeople and refugees, Julian Burnside, wrote this on our National ABC The Drum.


Just read some of the responses. It is frightening isn’t it?

Australia has so much space. It is the space in our minds that has shrivelled and is now all desert. It is not our country of Australia that is dry and barren.

What happened to you Australia?

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13 Responses to “What happened to you Australia? A Grand Vision to behold”

  1. Rosie Says:

    Welcome back Gerard. I can relate wholeheartedly to your frustration of Australians’ attitudes. And yes, I too read the comments from Julian Burnside’s excellent article and was horrified and disgusted with many of them. Many people today are like sheep – they prefer to follow rather than think for themselves. They do not have any passion for change – they are too well fed and way too comfortable. They spend too many hours wandering in giant shopping malls in a dazed state and eating the atrocious food that these places provide. They don’t realise that they have been set-up – just like Alduous Huxley told us in his book Brave New World.


    • berlioz1935 Says:

      Rosie, I feel like you and agree with all you wrote. We have to be brave in this new world we live in. Gamma and Delta people are running the show now.

      Julian Burnside’s article has been shared by many people. By doing that we increase awareness and perhaps when the next election comes around enough people will understand their foolishness and will reverse their vote.


  2. gerard oosterman Says:

    Welcome you too Rosie,
    I read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World too. It seems we are getting close to his futuristic nightmare.
    There are rumblings around for change though. I cling to the anchor of hope.


  3. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Am interesting post. One has to remember that many things tend to go backwards before those same things can go forward again. It is a bit like rocking back and forwards whle stuck in the mud. Go foward a tad and then back up/. Back and forth until finally you are no longer stuck. Australia is a bit like the Us now. Both countries in my humble opinion have returned to hating the minority groups. It is all bass ackwards with a few hate groups leading the way and some of them happen to be elected officials.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Immigration Minister Scott Morrison orders his staff to publicly refer to asylum seekers as “illegal” arrivals , “detainees,” and “illegal maritime arrivals.”
      This is what Australia has now come to. Shame on Australia.


  4. elizabeth2560 Says:

    Good read (both your post and the article by Burnside). This is Australia’s shame.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      It seems impossible to understand this cruel method of dealing with people that out of desperation try to make it to a country that seems to have so much space.
      Where has our sense of ‘fair go’ gone to?


  5. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    I want to cry when I read your articles about what is happening to Australia. I read the Burnside too. I had hoped to come on a visit one day, but maybe not.


  6. Patti Kuche Says:

    Gerard, I honestly don’t know what to say. I am hoping we never have to hear from Ted Cruz again but I don’t like my chances. That such acute levels of xenophobia should exist in the world today is unforgivable.


  7. gerard oosterman Says:

    Ted Cruz seems very self-absorbed and appears to be similar aged as Scott Morrison.


  8. Office Diva Says:

    A man disappointed by his government; this sounds familiar! In the US, we are all heartily sick of all the politicians at the moment. None of them lead anymore, all thinking only of their careers. These are sad times, indeed, but I have to agree with Berloiz; I cling to hope and faith to get me through it. Best of luck to you, Australia.


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