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Australia Day

Posted 01-22-2006 at 10:33 PM by cs-cam

Australia Day

So Australia Day is coming up on Thursday, how exciting! BBQ in the park, mass celebrations in all the capital cities, the works. My question before we start is, do we really have as much to celebrate as we all think?

Hold on, now before I have people banging down my door over that last comment let me explain. I am a fierce Australian, I love what our culture is and the freedoms our country provides, it just saddens me to see that some of those qualities that we've revered over the decades as being truly "Australian", well, I'm not seeing them exhibited as much anymore.

One thing that hit home big time was the riots in Sydney, the wog bashing days. Come off it, how can those idiots rationalise the rubbish that is coming out of their mouths? If a gang was terrorising and bullying kids near where I lived, I'd be more than happy to get a bunch of guys and go punch their heads in. They'd have deserved it. Bringing race into the mix though about as un-Australian as you can get. There were people walking around wearing their "Ethnic Cleansing Squad" shirts and an Australian flag wrapped around their shoulders... Guess lowering ourselves to the same level of the bullies or even lower must have sounded like a good idea at the time or something. Yeah, I can see how a group of 30+ bashing 2 Uni students on a train is tough and clearly a step forward in claiming Cronulla Beach back from the gangs. Not.

Is Australia losing it's culture? In Who We Are, the author David Dale comments on how in the last 50 years our culture has changed so dramatically. Our national drink seems to have gone from a cold beer to a hot cappuccino, we've gone from watching sports to watching Lost and Desperate Housewives. The essence of patriotism has been replaced by a urgent need to keep up with world trends and this constant rush of multiculteral acceptance has left some of the die hard Aussies feeling like the nation has rejected its own culture in favour of another. Don't get me wrong, change is a good thing. Change is what moves us forward and our ability to welcome change is what makes us great.

Our shortfalls are that we are still a young nation, still finding our feet all the while having the problems of the world thrown at us. My hope is that we continue to band together and while it's our nature to jump straight into any situation that presents itself to us, we retain the ability to keep a level head. The world is in a place I'm sure many of us never wished to see it in. Terrorism has gotten to a level where it isn't shocking to hear about it anymore, it's almost commonplace. But we are larrikins, we are visionaries and we have a fantastic sense of humour. We are resourceful, we have some of the brightest minds on Earth and we know exactly how to use them. We have a great fighting spirit and when times are tough, we band together as one to stay strong.

If anyone needs a celebration it is us. We have had a year of ups and downs, but how is that different from any other year? We need to savour the times when we stand together as one, and remember them during the times it seems we stand alone. I'm proud to be Australian and I'll be celebrating this Thursday, how about you?
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    I totally agree with you mate, i spent 2 years in Melbourne and i am proud to have an Australian and an Indian flag in my room right now. The experience was mesmorising, not only the natural splendor of your country but most importantly it was the people who surprised me the most. the open mindedness and helpfullness took me off gaurd and now having spent almost 2 years in Canada, i still look forward to the day i will be able to visit and possibly settle in Australia again.

    Happy Australia day ( and happy republic day from me too, our countries share the same day for the formation of their republics, just that australia is exactly 50 years older :P )
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by cs-cam cs-cam is offline
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    happy republic day from me too, our countries share the same day for the formation of their republics, just that australia is exactly 50 years older
    Heh, I never knew that! Interesting coincidence :)
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by cs-cam cs-cam is offline


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