Australia Day – Comment from a Network member

Australia Day is upon us once more, this 26 January 2023. The benefits initiated in Australia by the First Fleet have led us to being one of the most socially and technologically advanced nations on Earth. This success has been facilitated by waves of immigrants wanting to become Australian; wanting to adapt to Australian culture, to adopt our way of life.

The few vocal Aborigines and their sympathisers who shout about invasion should be encouraged to take a more holistic view of their place in Australian society. World history is replete with examples where nations and peoples have been conquered or dominated by other peoples. Australia is one such case.

The 3% of the population who are able to claim Aboriginality, some merely because they say they are, apparently want to remain separate from all other Australians and to be treated differently simply because their forebears were here before the British settled the country in 1788. They then claim Aboriginal culture to be the oldest surviving culture in the world, dating back over 60,000 years, supposedly. This is interesting because such statements are meant to be laudatory when the statement actually means that Aboriginal culture has not altered in any significant way over the last 60,000 years, as most other cultures have.

We do not hear that the 7.6% of Irish Australians or the 6.4% of Scottish Australians want special treatment and a special Voice, simply because they have been important in advancing Australia from its primitive past to become the society it is today. Nor do we hear from the Italians, Germans and Chinese who likewise could claim special treatment, each of these ethnic groups comprising more than 3% of the Australian population.

Do the aborigines we hear from in the media really wish to return to their primitive lifestyles. No. They want power, the power to control much of the landmass of Australia and now, via the Voice, to control any policy that might affect them, which would be most policies. They then say that once the Voice is established, they will move to obtaining a treaty, and then sovereignty – over what is uncertain.

They appear to refuse to acknowledge that “white” settlement has brought them vast opportunities and benefits. Or, they seem to believe they are entitled to these modern benefits without any effort on their part – their welfare dependency and “sit-down” culture.

This attitude is worsened by too many of our politicians and other “bleeding hearts” perpetuating these expectations. It is long past time when aborigines should move forward and become part of today’s Australia as one of us. If you keep looking backwards, that is where you remain. Let us celebrate Australia Day together, for we are all Australians.

By Lindsay Hackett

ED: Photo added by me

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9 comments

  • Greg Ivey January 21, 2023   Reply →

    There is not enough space here to correct all of Lindsay’s false claims about Aborigines today. And it would be a waste of time because Lindsay would not listen to my points.
    We will celebrate Australia Day, we will also recognise Invasion Day, and we will respect the First Australians.

  • Wally Mcleod January 21, 2023   Reply →

    Lucky it wasn’t the Spanish or Portuguese who got here first

  • John Clarkson January 21, 2023   Reply →

    There is one other reason for celebrating the 26th January. Yes, we call it Australia day. The other very important reason is that it was on the 26th January 1949 that the Australia Act was passed by both Houses of Parliament. This act did many things, some of which included that ALL people born in Australia, regardless of the origins, became Australian citizens. The phrase, “Australian Citizen” had not been used prior to 1949. Today, the important part we play for celebrating Australia is to celebrate that Act of Parliament. An explanation of this act can be found in: I believe that this Act of Parliament joins more Australians together than arguing about the landing of the first fleet and all its repercussions.

  • Bruce Cameron January 21, 2023   Reply →

    Who’s Lindsay Hackett and what qualifications/experience does he have on which to base his views and seek to influence others?

  • Greg Decker January 21, 2023   Reply →

    29 April 1770 CAPT COOK FIST LANDED

    January 18, 1788 CAPT PHILLIPS LANDED

    Question: If the Indigenous people of Australia claim to be first Nations People why is there no evidence of the connection between tribes across the whole of Australia. NSW was the first Nation before that New Holland the whole of the continent followed by renaming to Australia. The Nation of Australia as we know it today started as a penal colony in NSW. The indigenous people of Australia have not only had interaction with the British, by the Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Afgans. It is time to stop blaming. Lets work together as all Australians not pit one group against another. Before you raise up, look at the country’s around the world which recently self-imploded Syria, Afghanistan, Northern Turkey, Solomans Is, Sri Lanka to name a few , maybe it is better too develop and improve Australia instead of making diversions that eventually became unworkable for Governments at al levels

  • Peter Fischer January 21, 2023   Reply →

    I always have, and always will CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY.
    I was bought up by German Parents who celebrated Australia Day, and I have taught my children, and now Grandchildren to celebrate Australia Day.
    I went to Vietnam to help fight for Australia, and no activist or minority party will change my mind.

  • Frank Kovacs January 21, 2023   Reply →

    Yes, I shall celebrate Australia Day, January 26th. Yes, we should acknowledge the First Australians as being an integral part of Australia’s evolving history to 2023 – absolutely. Yes, we should continue to work through and correct the wrongs perpetrated on the First Australians. But no, I shall not recognise the Aboriginal Flag of the First Nation Peoples. There never was an Aboriginal First Nation and never will be. I shall not curtsey, bend at the knees or bow before any Aboriginal Elder, and nor should there ever be any Aboriginal ‘Welcoming Ceremony.’ I don’t need to be made welcome in my own country. Enough is enough! Australia’s drive for equality for the Aborigine people is well established in this country. The Aborigine receives special treated different to most (and just as deserving) Australians – in common law, financial wellbeing, property rights, taxation rates, non-segregation and fair employment opportunity. Today, they are an important minority in this country. Much of the Australia’s vitality, especially its contemporary cultural life, can be credited to the aborigine. But their reluctance to accept our heart felt ‘sorry’ remains a definitive and stark reality.

  • Kenneth Taylor January 21, 2023   Reply →

    Australia Day is for every person who lives in Australia regardless of where they came from or what their feelings are in regard to this Great Country. In many ways we have all made a contribution to bringing the country from where it was to what it is today.

    The Greatest Nation on Earth.

  • Allen Byrne January 22, 2023   Reply →

    Have lived and worked in remote areas of Australia. Had young black Australians from NT stay with my wife and I in Canberra while they enrolled in advance education. Have taken a keen interest in the culture and evolution of the “mob” over the last 53 years. The “radicalised abbos” have sucked the life out of the system and the Labour Party, Greens and Teals have fallen for their toxic cultural bullshit. The Voice will be another toxic knot in the First Nations (sic) strangling noose of Australia. Wake up Australia, say yes to NO.

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