australia-day

I’M STRAYAN AND I LOVE STAYIN’ DUMB

It’s nearly Australia Day, or as I like to call it, Merchandise Outrage Day. There’s always some stupid company flogging some stupid t-shirt and we obediently descend into a paroxysm of indignation.

t-shirtThis year’s pearlers include ALDI’s “Australia. Est. 1788″ t-shirts and ICE’s “Property of an Aussie Boy” range of singlets for young girls. Both were achingly daft. Both have been pulled from shelves. Enough said.

But we all want to be patriotic on Australia Day, don’t we? We all need something totes awesome to wear that really sums us up. I’m thinking: “I’m Strayan and I Love Stayin’ Dumb’.

At least it would ...

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320 Comments

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Kerrie

    Thanks for writing this, Corinne. I really despair for our nation. We’re making utter fools of ourselves on the world stage and we couldn’t care less. I wish the UN would step in and put sanctions on Australia given our treatment of refugees, the things that are done in our name are just appalling. Sadly, I can’t see it getting any better.

    And surely there aren’t still votes in beating up on people with disabilities and the unemployed? I spent four months on Newstart a few years back and it was a soul destroying experience. I had $22 a week left after rent to pay bills, buy food and tram tickets. I still remember how grateful I was when a friend bought me phone credit, a deodorant and a box of tampons as she knew I didn’t have a cent to my name.

    Current levels of welfare make for a horrid existence and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Anyone who thinks welfare recipients are sitting pretty are incredibly gullible and naive.

    • Reply January 23, 2014

      martha

      my fantasy is that no attends any aust day function.

      want happen though. My big fear is that abbott will want to display military hardware like tanks and marching,,n
      next year.
      I any of the reader here have not joined twitter I urge you to as this where you see thing you may miss out on , for example the UK Mail on line re Jakarta and the Southern Ocean has not had much publicity. urge you all to look for it,
      in my humble opinion it should be on the front pages of our papers,

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      Bella

      You’re lucky…

      I have $10 left once I pay my rent…

    • Reply January 26, 2014

      JeanettefromCanberra

      I cringed when heard Abbott’s baddies speech. I believe we get what we deserve and all I can hope for is that those people who listened to the Murdoch media and shock jocks and then voted for Abbott and his friends are now regretting it and might fix it in three long years.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Tim

    Thanks Corinne, rage level: exacerbated?

    In the words of the immortal Hilltop hoods “If ignorance is bliss, then your a happy mother flipper”. Sums up the current situation we’re in.

    • Reply January 23, 2014

      Steven

      *you’re

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    RhodaD

    Tony Abbott is now patronizing the world press. His remarks about goodies and badies in Syria made the Huffington Post. They suggested we had all wandered into a John Wayne movie. And indeed we have! We’ll be pulling out our guns and going bang bang next.

    • Reply January 23, 2014

      Poor fellow my country

      i AM SO SAD – 88 YEARS OLD AND SAD ABOUT WHAT HAS BECOME OF MY COUNTRY. But this has been in preparation for a long time; it is the Brave New World of the neo-cons.
      I shiver inside when I see the pugilistic Abbott strutting the world stage, uttering his solecisms about ‘baddies’ and ‘baddies’ – his rendition of a foreign affairs policy, and his evident pride in his wisdom… Infamous? No, he doesn’t really think so… he ‘s so cocky, so proud of himself…
      God help us, – and our poor country!

      • Reply January 24, 2014

        Casey

        Makes me saddest of all that you feel that way from the perspective you speak from, and you have every right to. If it makes any difference I’m trying hard to bring up an intelligent ‘solutionist’ kids, so hopefully the future will be in better hands. :-)

      • Reply January 24, 2014

        Morrison

        Would you rather have KRudd or Gillard in charge to continue borrowing money from China and placing Australia into deeper debt. Australia will be in debt. for at least ten to fifteen years with the INCOMPETENT labor party’s waste of almost $379 BILLION. Secondly they allowed 50 thousand ILLEGALS into this country with most of them on CENTRELINK.

        • Reply January 24, 2014

          DaisyP

          Are you serious? We were better off under ALP than we will ever be under LNP. You need to read something other than Murdoch news.

        • Reply January 25, 2014

          Jesterhat

          Morrison, your point might stand to reason, IF:
          1) The ALP had borrowed that money for something other than investing in the nations future,
          2) the Coalition hadn’t just successfully lobbied the Senate for permission to DOUBLE that national debt you seem so intent on blabbering on about
          3) It was an illegal act under the laws of Australia to seek asylum. But since it is not illegal, the ALP gave ASYLUM to 50,000 of your fellow humans. Why is this a bad thing in a nation of only 23 million?

        • Reply January 25, 2014

          Fono

          These people are “asylum seekers”, “refugees” and legal Australian residents – NOT “illegals”. Illegal immigrants are not entitled to centreline payments.

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      DaisyP

      I meant *Howard.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Julie

    I watched the drum last night and both Miriam Lyons and Peter Martin said that Tony Abbott deliberately does his gaffes to a targeted audience and that he is doing it brilliantly, and it works. I was thinking to myself when I was walking my 17 year old dog – how many elections have been won by parties without Rupert Murdoch’s support. I don’t think labor will be able to win until Murdoch needs something from them. Sad really, we are being dumbed down and there is hardly any journalists that does investigative journalism anymore. I thought there would be a great story after Ashbygate but no, so what hope have we here in Australia to get things right for everyone.

    Another thing I wish East Timor all the luck and I hope we get what we deserve in this matter and that some heads roll. How dare we do this to a poor nation. I am ashamed to be an Australian at the moment. This will go down as the worse government ever in white Australian history and the worse pm ever. Only if Rupert says so I am afraid.

    • Reply January 23, 2014

      Anne Calabria

      Embarrassed! What a little punk this Tony Abbot is. Everyday I wake up I struggle to believe what I hear he has done! For goodness sake Australia! Wake up and be accountable! Please. Poor Ms Gillard! Her vision gone down the shit shoot. You my dear Corinne, are the bravest woman in this country! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting this information so eloquently. I will vote for you anytime x x

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      Moiturette

      Worst

    • Reply January 28, 2014

      Travis

      You know who counted the votes as well? Fairfax media, Rupert Murdoch owns Fairfax. That itself rings an alarm for this so called democracy.

      I give up.

      • Reply January 29, 2014

        Jas

        Murdoch owns Fairfax? You must be very confused. Maybe Gina Rinehart owns The Australian and the Herald Sun?

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    John

    Make so much sense Abbott would never see it and, unfortunately it’s not in the commercial interest of Oz media

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Leah

    Yes, it’s practically illegal to think in this country. Worse still are the penalties for expressing a view in proactive terms. How difficult is it to say ‘this is wrong’? Why must everyone in this country (i’m exaggerating here) put what Corrine is calling ‘outrage’ out there as a question? As a foregone and inevitable conclusion? As something that we ‘all’ accept until enough people have ‘wondered’ what everyone else thinks about the appalling behaviour of our representatives and public servants? Why do otherwise sensible people talk about ‘one-term Tony’ as the best that we can do? If this country allows its paranoid fear of actual debate, and participation in matters of serious ethical conflict, determine the fate of the most vulnerable then it is NOT the government that needs kicking. STAND UP. Tell five people that you’ve looked at the issues and formed a view that you’re prepared to stand by, AND discuss. Without asserting that everyone in the country is an idiot.Less than half of the voting population voted for these vultures, so clearly there is nothing like a consensus to abide by.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    janes

    Thank you Corinne. Definitely think this is one of your best. It expresses very clearly the exasperation that a lot of us feel.

    It’s like watching a self-fulfilling prophecy that snowballs. People can actually do something about it – but for many it’s not a high priority. They think it doesn’t effect them directly. So it goes unremarked, ignored & not called out. it is left there & builds. (Whether it’s offensive T-shirts, offensive comments, lack of REAL news over fluffy gossip, genuine political concerns & policy decisions)

    That is part of IPA & LNP’s whole hype & outrage strategy. Create overwhelming white noise. Numb people to the point where they lose interest. That way they are more easily manipulated. (Particularly with “look over there” distractions.)

    Rupert Murdoch’s lifetime achievement is that he has systematically & deliberately undermined traditional journalism & news media; & replaced it with populism, titillation & gossip. (Page 3 topless girls now replaced with “clickbait” outrageous by-line)

    It is like the fable of the “boy who cried wolf”. If anything becomes so familiar to be just ignored – how do you get action when you really need it.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Kathy Skidmore

    I hate to invoke the Nazi argument, but the idea that “if we didn’t have boat people, we would have to invent them” springs to mind. Amazing that you can treat the general population like idiots, reduce welfare, attack schools, behave boorishly on the world stage, spy on non-threatening countries, yet remain ahead in the polls. Of course, create a rampaging mass just waiting to flood our shores and voila, we will go along with it all. Thanks, Corrine , for voicing these views, but I’m afraid you’re largely preaching to the converted, sadly.

    • Reply January 23, 2014

      Fi

      They did invent ‘boat people’. After all, boat people, jumping the queue, taking over our country, bludging of hard working Aussies. It’s all a complete fairytale.
      Let’s face it, we should be invoking the Nazi’s. That’s what’s happening here. National pride, xenophobia, a common enemy (scapegoat) and propaganda. Is locking these people away (regardless of where) really any different from forcing the Jew’s into ghettos. Or perhaps we should look at the concentration camps. Most Germans apparently had no idea what was really happening in those camps. They didn’t want to know or the simply didn’t care. This country has set up it’s own concentration camps. Are we sure we know what’s happening there. Are we all going to one day say: “But we had no idea!”

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      Ian

      I read online that they use the same trick in America, except it’s gays, abortion, and the ‘guberment’ coming to take their guns.
      The art of distraction has to be fine tuned for each constituency.

      • Reply January 28, 2014

        trina

        “I read online that they use the same trick in America, except it’s gays, abortion, and the ‘guberment’ coming to take their guns.”

        That abortion/gays trick is used in Western Australia, too! (except substitute the guns part with, “Criminals have too many rights! We need to be more like Singapore! Bring back public hanging!” etc.)

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    janes

    The highlighted paragraph – about “reasoning with Australians”, giving facts & thinking people will figure it out versus slogans, simple solutions & drama – described the Gillard Govt’s problem in overcoming assaults from both Rudd & Abbott.

    Gillard Govt actually even had substance – ie policies that were visionary, long-term & beneficial to the public – and still couldn’t cut through & get over the blur of sensationalised hype.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    janes

    **** Alert – LNP Frenzy Distraction will be coming ****

    If Abbott keeps getting crucified in media because of his “cartoon-like” George Dubya appearance at world conference – there will suddenly be some sort of self-created drama at home to distract.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    dinge

    Well written….. Every day this evil government does something to make me truly ashamed! They have no compassion or sense of justice. When I go overseas later this year, I’ll have to pretend to be from New Zealand, just as I regularly did during Howard’s regime. Poor Fellow My Country.

    • Reply January 26, 2014

      davidtrainman

      I may well be part of the quietish, less extreme, christian majority. Jesus talked about loving one another, and sacrificing for your friends, and even loving your enemies. There is much that is different between the 22M folk in this country, but it is a fair go, egslitarianism which is about equal access, and freedom of speech and religion that are important as we move into 2014. There is a lot to be said for ‘serving one another’

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Avril

    Oh, Corinne, I laughed and cried. I have to believe that there is good in everyone and that if we appeal to the best parts of Australian’s natures they’ll be able to focus on the ‘people’ part of ‘boat people’ and not the ‘boat’ part. (Anyone can feel okay about anything we do to ‘boats’ – they’re inanimate objects, not desperate people fleeing persecution.) But in my darkest moments I worry that you’re right. Will it be in twenty, fifty or one hundred years that we look back and apologise for the evil that we as a country are doing now?

  • […] I’m Strayan and I Love Stayin’ Dumb […]

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    David Stephens

    Ripper article showing the value of humour and ridicule in dealing with people and issues that really need a good shellacking. Honesthistory.net.au is trying in related ways to eat into the blokey, boozey, jingoistic culture that will get worse as we roll into Anzac centenary. There are some connections between these issues: raise a glass, Straya, as General Cosgrove enjoined us last year.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Di Pearton

    Absolutely spot on Corinne. Except that you forgot that everything can be blamed on the Greens.

    There is only one thing for it, off to NZ for Australia Day!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Rachelle

    Some good points and I agree the way a story is written sways the audience as well not on facts but because if they don’t agree you just called the. Stupid.The way you have written this will have the audience agreeing as well. Truth is the situation is bigger than “if the boat people take our money and bludge” public response “boo” “your right send them back!”
    ” the boat people are treated badly” “boo! Let them in!”
    Hold on what do I stand for???
    People are feed 2 sets of biased information and have to try and decide with small amounts of facts what decision they stand for and both sets of information are exaggerated and parts of both are correct.
    Perhaps if information was provided without scare tactics or making them feel silly or against the country if they don’t agree they would form they’re own opinion. Perhaps if they felt like they were hearing the truth and all the facts they would not give up and think about Cameron Diaz and pubic hair.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Joe Banks

    Sadly, Corinne, your article is ‘spot on’. I fear nothing will change in this country until Murdoch, Jones and Bolt all kick the bucket.

    • Reply January 23, 2014

      Neen

      So sad, but so true.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    cacsense

    Thank you Corinne – sometimes it feels lime nobody in the media is taking any real notice of what is happening. I find it particularly galling that everyone can accept that writing “est 1788″ on a tshirt is offensive – but NOT the fact that we celebrate our National Day on the anniversary of that event! I can’t imagine wanting to celebrate the anniversary of the day my country was invaded and my people displaced. I could imagine celebrating on a day that symbolised genuine reconciliation.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    the contrarian

    Love your insight Corrine…

    We live in a shallow form of democracy and that wss legitimized with the appointment of the smug yuppy libertarian hipster white supremacist Tim as a human rights commissioner .

    He probably represents what straya is really going
    to become for the next generation.

    Cultural ignorance in pursuit of free market fascism.

    You offend me Corrine. APOLOGIZE!
    I wasn’t seduced by the propaganda of the l.n.p and saw through the facade of our lovely liberal party.

    I know what those guys are really like

    The modern day Liberal is a very different breed to the old school liberals of ten years ago.

    They’re smarter and dangerously devious with a tinge of narcissistic traits thrown in for good measure.

    As an Aussie of European heritage the real question to be asked is this:

    Does the average Australian have an identity crisis??

    Yes.

    That’s why silly t shirts and other opinion pieces are published in the papers to ease their pain.

    If you have to shout or write it out loud. ..you haven’t found yourself as a true Aussie.

    As Helen Razer said in her meme

    You’re a racist prick!!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Anne

    And now we have the absolute waste of funds ie. $200 of marriage/long term/doesn’t matter whether you are gay or straight relationship counselling for couples! That will buy 3 sessions – don’t know about you but my troubled marriage needed a lot more than 3 sessions to sort things out. And the assertion that it will save families and slow the divorce/separation rate! What a lot of hog wash! Meanwhile ….

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Terese

    Well written and all completely true Corrine. No more needs to be said.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Judy Mc

    I fear your article is accurate Corinne.
    How come under Labour Australia’s economy was the envy of the rest of the world and under the Coalition we have to have welfare cuts. Seems to me that the Coalition are either grossly incompetent money managers or liars.

    • Reply January 23, 2014

      Tomasina

      indisputably the latter..Judy Mc

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    helen

    Hello there lovely people…

    Sadly it might be too late and some crisis will occur …

    There are neo nazi groups in Melbourne who initiated an attack on a Vietnamese student.

    Wtf ??

    Act now and THINK.

    Wake up “Straya”

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Paul

    “Perhaps it’s time we dispensed with the idea that Australians can be reasoned with and if they’re just given the facts”.

    In my experience presenting verifiable facts is a sure way to get mocked if those facts go against the myths. Stupidity is worn as a badge of honour, we laugh at stupid Americans but this country is full of our own version of Hillbillies.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    nellae

    Thank goodness I can read Corinne’s column most mornings. Lets me avoid msm totes!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Linda Mad Hatter

    The other night, our local news called the Disability Pension a “hand out”. As though it was optional. Never mind that though – people such as People with a Disability president Craig Wallace, have been known to say similar things (such as the “we don’t need a welfare plan, we need a jobs plan” tweet).

    I have a disability that sees me dislocate my joints on a daily basis, affects every system in my body, and my greatest wish is that I’ll see my kids graduate high school before an organ ruptures. I do what volunteer work I can (an hour here, an hour there, all of it online), but I haven’t even been able to do that for the last few months.

    My family don’t care – they dropped me the first time I couldn’t come to a candle party. Half the people who call themselves my friends don’t really care either – they like to think they do, but it never translates to actually coming over and helping. And that is ok – it’s their choice, their life.

    But… it feels like I am in a bottle, looking out into the world, and seeing exactly how people come to this point of just not giving a shit. In the slow speed drama that is my life, it has been quite educational to watch the people around me, and translate their actions into broader themes that affect us as a whole.

    I think that we may have reached a point of too much comfort in our lives. When someone can make the decision, conscious or not, to care more about the trivial rather than the devastatingly important, that person has reached a point in their lives where they have lost all sense of reality.

    (Note – and I mean to include the “slactivists” in that assessment – reposting something on FB or retweeting a tweet, does not count as “activism”. Send an email to a politician instead, or actually get out and give a hand to a charity of your choice – goodness knows they need more volunteers!!!).

    Too many burdens in your life can send you quite mad. I think this also applies if you don’t have enough burdens in your life. Surely a population that is so oblivious to the actual important aspects of the world around them, can not be sane???

    (Note – to be fair, the Gillard government also destroyed the lives of many disadvantaged. At the same time they boasted of putting money into mental health, they actually destroyed it, but no one heard us all kicking and screaming. They have taken away a dental scheme for kids with disabilities, and many other things. They have been the beginning of the end of Medicare in ways that the public in general can not even imagine and no one – NO ONE – is looking! They are not saints, or socialists, either. The problem is not with one government or another. The problem is with US!)

    • Reply January 26, 2014

      Ella

      Dear Linda, your story brought me to tears. I’m so sorry and I feel your pain. I too have a disability and had to leave my marriage due to “domestic violence” sounds so much nicer than being “bullied and beaten up”

      Friends tell how brave I am and how much they admire me, but only one one two actually help or visit .

      Now I hear that I’m a bludger and need to get a job. Why doesn’t Abbott just legalize euthanasia and then we will no longer be a burden to Australia.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    w ch

    But we all want to be patriotic on Australia Day, don’t we?

    Well no, not if you are indigenous.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    MWS

    Tony Abbott: “the best way to demonstrate that some are goodies is by laying down their arms.”

    If the “goodies” lay down their arms, then the “baddies” win because they have the weaponry. Or is Abbott suggesting that other “goodies” should fight for the “goodies” who are unarmed? If the “goodies” are fighting, then by Abbott’s definition they are “baddies.”

    No need for a defence force any more – Australians will show how good they are by not fighting “baddies”! Let’s apply this idea retrospectively to all major wars – Churchill should have let the Germans take over Europe? Napoleon ditto?

    Has Tony Abbott not even ONE working brain cell?

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Susie

    Don’t despair! Turn the intellectual vacuum into working on the thinking woman. Read ‘The Bitch’s Guide to Success’ by Kate Cashman and outsmart them!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Marty

    Does anyone have a lin to the Cameron Diaz pube story?

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Susie

    One explanation might be that Strayans lack iodine in their diet and are turning into a race of alcohol-soaked, drug-popping cretins. I have great respect for those I know who have a disability and are trying to keep their part-time jobs, in the face of prejudice. Decent folk, down on their luck.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Marty

    *link

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Ros

    Well-said Corinne unfortunately passive Australians just don’t give a shit. We should be out screaming out disgust and frustration with this bunch of liars and control freaks but we won’t, Australia it seems rarely does

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Caryn

    You’re absolutely spot on there Corinne!!! Where’s the outrage from Australians at what’s going on in this country and around the world? Everyone’s too busy watching trash TV and reading trashy magazines.

    Where’s the outrage from our MSM journalists?
    Where’s the hard questions?
    Where’s the headline “Kick This Mob Out” now?

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    JoanneH

    Thanks for the laughs Corinne. When will the stupidity of this Government stop?
    Even though Australia is ‘broke’ Kevin Andrews is going to give $200 for marriage counselling – that will be a great help for people who can’t get work and are depressed after having their welfare cut.
    Interesting to note that Andrews and his wife have been involved in running Marriage and Family counselling at $240 a session via the Catholic Church, and they are both on the advisory board of an American anti-abortion group who oppose sex education in schools and planned parenthood.

    I wonder if Andrews has read this report in the Huffington Post which gives the reasons why divorce is actually higher in the US Conservative States -
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/21/divorce-study_n_4639430.html

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Shazza

    Is this an Australian phenomenon, or is it a world wide failing of educations systems? Systems that seem primarily set up to create unthinking wage slaves. Even amongst those with higher level educations ability to think critically is woeful. Politicians and their advisors know this and exploit it ruthlessly, in tandem with our inherent selfishness. How will it ever be in political interests to change education systems so it ensures those of us who vote will have the ability to critically analyse their messages effectively? Its unlikely.
    How effing depressing.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Mal

    Thanks Corinne, keep up the great work. A pleasure to read down to earth and honest takes on the state of play in our country. Australians truly are getting uglier as time goes on…*We hate to think but we love to hate*…indeed.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Scout

    Can I get compensation for the depression brought on by our Government, and also did Tony come here by boat?

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    gina

    The reality is this…

    POPULISM works well with Tony Abbott and co.

    He’s really good at simplistic terms like baddies and goodies etc

    I congratulate him on that successful political coy.

    Tosser Inc Pty Ltd know exactly what they’re doing

    They’re open for business Corrine!!

    Ugh….

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Jodes

    Great article, its a conversation I’ve had many times with my friends over the past few years. The Libs/Lab have been a race to the right that has given people the confidence to publicly express disdain for anyone who is disadvantaged. I wonder if change won’t happen until the UK or USA expresses disappointment with us. Perhaps then the bogans will take notice and change their views. After all, in Australia you’re not a success til someone else (ie another country) recognises your talent.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Weary

    We have to face the fact that Australians are not very nice people despite the myths and mantras we blindly chant to the contrary.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    gladheart

    You’ve done it again Corinne, Hit the nail squarely on the head. When a lot of women worry about whether some “famous” woman is pregnant, in a new relationship, screwing some other man or woman, and 1000 children are incarcerated in penal camps is very worrying. When a lot of men worry whether Lote Taqiri will play good football or not when there are over 1,000,000 out of work in our country beggars belief.Instant gratification and instant judgementalism is ruining the Lucky Country.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Carol

    Thanks Corrine!! You nailed it! Loved your entire article. As an Aboriginal woman, I’m fully aware of irony in this country when seeing my people subjugated. Yes the majority love a drama indeed. In fact, acknowledging injustice & ignorance takes maturity in my opinion.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Mr J.W. van Egmond

    Evil with a white hat isn’t that where Tony Abbot’s Christian democracy stands for. At least that how they govern, make sure the most vulnerable get less. While using violence to keep this evil going.
    Unlike Jesus teachings love thy neighbour, try to do everything to keep them disgusted with our actions. Christian democracies are boys clubs who try to get away with as much evil as they can get away with.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    perturbed yet optimistic

    The sad point for me was the disgusting reaction to Jill Meaghers horrible death.

    As a middle class woman was used and abused by the media to gain sympathy about crimes against women

    The tirades against her from some right wing blogs made me sick

    A lefty deserved to die as she worked at the a.b.c (a public broadcaster. …)

    So sad…..

    The Ugly Anglo Australian has a shallow western selfish creepy mindset

    Maybe that’s why sanctions are required against our government by other countries to address our abuse of law with Asylum Seekers, Indonesia etc

    UGLy Anglo Australian

    Thanks Corrine and the lovely Wendy Harmer for an awesome blog.!!

    Hugsxxxx

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Caroline

    Great article – thank you. But I fear throwing Tone and his mates out will be difficult… maybe we really are that dumb and mean?

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    JoanneH

    An excellent Strayan Day cartoon from Fiona Katauskas –

    https://newmatilda.com/2014/01/22/i-love-sunburnt-country

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Shirley Green

    I always feel rankled at the use of the word “we” because I am not one of them. I really am depressed about the state Australians are in and the seemingly miserable attitude that many have towards the less fortunate. I am extremely depressed about the attitude toward asylum seekers and the fact that government policy and practice is responsible for severe mental trauma and torture to detained families. I was appalled that the Abbott government even stopped Salvation Army from visiting detained asylum seekers. How pitiful is that? I thought the Howard government was dreadful. The Abbott government is far worse. Abbott and his team are comprised of the meanest, most unethical, immoral, peculiar people … so many of whom call themselves Christians! By the way, I don’t know what “women should grow out their pubes” even means!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Nan

    I know I will get shot down for this, but I am in favour of the paid maternal leave. My daughters are all at a child bearing stage of their lives and to know that they will get paid parental leave takes a load from their minds and then a boost to their stretched finances.Everyone bangs on about the $75,000 that some mythical woman will get, but what about the mums who earn $50,000 or $40,000 (and there are many many more of them than the $150,000 variety) – it will be a relief for them to be able to plan to stay at home with their babies for a little longer.

    • Reply January 23, 2014

      Poor fellow my country

      Nan, the point is that the Labor government brought in paid parental leave for new parents, BUT ON A MEANS-TESTED
      basis, so it was sustainable, and available to lower-paid parents who until then did not receive PPL.
      Many higher paid, professional women already received PPL from their employers.
      I know all this, absolutely, because my grand-daughter who worked in a bank received PPL, but when Labor brought in the paid government scheme, received that as well.
      However, Abbott’s scheme is not to be means-tested, will pay up to $75,000 for highly paid professional women; and business is to be taxed to fund the scheme, they will of course pass on those costs to the general public.
      Thus, under Abbott’s scheme, high levels of PPL for millionaires and their wives; pittances for parents on low wages… typical LNP inequity…

      SI

      B

    • Reply April 16, 2014

      Anne

      The Ethos of the Abbot Government lives on the richer get richer and the poorer stay poorer under their parental scheme – If parents were not the here me now generation as I want everything here and now then parents would be able to financially support themselves whilst having a baby, whats more important here. The brand new built house, with the brand new car, with the big screen tv and all brand new furniture – my youngest has just turned 12 in January, I was a stay at home mum with all three of my children no government hand outs to have a baby and to stay at home with them. My car is 17 1/2 years old, my tv was 15 years old it met its fate last year, my washing machine was 18 years old. I stayed at home and saved till I got married as did my partner, we moved into a unit to start out with that we purchased, we upgraded to a house 3 years later, not brand new but a house that could be painted and renovated. I’ve never been on the dole or any other benefit, and it sickens me what the Liberal party is doing to Australian people, and the average Australian business – take a look at Qantas being driven into the ground by a mad CEO, the East west link in VIC which is a total wafwotam. I despair for my children’s future because of political ideologies of neo-liberalism. An the Labour one by my assessment wasnt means tested it equated to a maximum of 18 weeks paid leave @ the minimum wage amount of $16.22 per hour. Irrespective of what income level you were on, based on the hours that you worked prior to having your baby. Abbots isn’t addressing equality for new parents like the former Labor governments scheme did.
      ALM
      VICTORIA

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Sall

    Hear, hear! *forlorn sigh*

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Trisha

    I wont be celebrating Australia Day and I wont be drawing attention to my nationality while travelling. I’m embarrassed and very sad.
    No wonder Murdoch and his LNP cronies dont want us all to have easy access to the internet.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    anne-maree

    oh Corinne! You just get better and better! perfectly summed up

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Annem

    Nan, my objections to the maternal leave scheme are two…Firstly it is not equitable, giving the most to those who need it the least. And secondly, it seems obscene to give these amounts of money to working women while at the same time kicking people off disability pensions and expecting the most vulnerable in our community to live well below the poverty line.

    • Reply January 23, 2014

      Sarah

      How do you actually know that these women ‘need it the least’? I mean, of course, there is a vast difference between the situation of people on parenting payment and people who are working full-time, but there are benefits in place to take care of people who are unemployed until their children are 8-years-old. Let’s forget about the tiny minority of women under 40 on $150,000 p/a and think about the larger portion of women who earn more than the minimum wage (the Labor maternity leave amount) and less than $100,000. Many of these women are working in professions, which have required years of study and training. They are often only just establishing themselves and earning a real income for the first time (after paying off their HECS debts, which are deducted from pre-tax earnings) when they’re at the age where most people have children. Many will still be renting a home.

      We also see fewer women in most professions compared with men, so if it’s harder for professional women to take time away and have a child for work reasons and they will also see a dramatic drop in their income when they are on leave, it continues to discourage women from pursuing professional careers like being a doctor, for instance. Surely we want more women in the professions, don’t we? Not for having children to continue to be a barrier to women entering all spheres of working life?

      There’s also the point that a woman on, say, $100,000, is contributing around $30,000 in tax each year into the system. So if she effectively doesn’t pay tax for a year and a half when she has a child, she’s still, over a 30 year period, contributing $250,000 into the system to help to pay for welfare for others, education, hospitals etc. If she chooses to move out of work and stay at home, she’ll instead be claiming the various family benefits and not contributing anything that helps to provide for others. The language of “giving” the money in the form of a maternity payment ignores that women in these situations contribute a great deal to the system and that in the end they will give back far more than they will receive. Statistically, these women are also likely to have a small number of children, especially as they are usually starting families later in life.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Bronte

    This is a well written and witty commentary, however, Corrinne is a high-profile Labor supporter so it lacks credibility other than it being her opinion (and she has a right to it, of course). Right wing or Left wing biased journalism is detrimental to the political system and should be read as entertainment – not as political fact (Piers Ackerman, Paul Howes, Miranda Devine et al). Another problem with biased commentary is that it only appeals to those who share that ideology – “preaching to the converted” rather than offering any sort of convincing arguments – this is evidenced by the comments posted by readers who so seem to share Corrine’s bias. Happy Australia Day to all Australians – no matter who they vote for!

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      Steven

      Thanks Bronte. I was just about to post the same thing. It’s written as if everyone reading it already holds the same view. And it comes off like the writer thinks they are smarter than anyone who might have a different view. The article also makes out that anyone who doesn’t have a strong interest in the immigration issue is dumb. Which I don’t think is strictly true.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Judy

    So hard not to become totally politically depressed, with a dumber than dumb leadership (?) disgracing us overseas and even worse, not being shouted down for it back home.
    Cannot agree with the maternal leave scheme, with pressure on the disabled and any struggling Australians, while the really rich get more so. And our great shame, the treatment of asylum seekers.
    Judy

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Samyo

    Thank you Corinne a great rant. I used to be proud to say I was an Australian but somewhere since the beginning of the Howard years I have become more and more embarrassed. We seem to have descended into some sort of redneck hell that I no longer recognize as the country of my birth. When I traveled o’seas used to feel good about being an “Aussie” now I am more likely to ignore the subject or say I’m a Kiwi. I used to think this was a country of the fair go & we had a good sense of ourselves but that is so far from the truth. And as for the propaganda sheets and the lame stream media I think she’s done & dusted, with their efforts I we are well down the road to becoming the white trailer trash of the Asian century.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Annie Also

    Thank you Corinne. You speak for me.

    Thank you @Kerrie; “Anyone who thinks welfare recipients are sitting pretty are incredibly gullible and naive.”

    Thank you @Linda Mad Hatter: You too speak for me. (Those who forget the cutting of Parenting Payments under Gillard…which did not affect me directly, only that I believe in supporting those sole parents who are trying so hard to do right by their children, and the destruction of the ECP…’Extended Care Plan’ for those who don’t know which enabled people like my man whose dental health is vital to his continuing to have workable protheses…no longer exists). Your description of how those family and friends disappeared was our experience too. And your ‘being in a bottle looking out’ spoke to me! No control, no affect, no influence, no way of explaining how it is for us on disability allowance.

    Thank you for this important piece.
    I used to believe ( because of our education) we were a smarter peoples….I no longer think that. My experience shows we are a lazy-thinking, care-less, selfish, greedy people.
    Shame ‘Straylia’ for this and for thinking an invasion without a treaty is a day to celebrate.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Phil Toung

    Thanks Corinne. It’s not just me then.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Anon E Mouse

    Well said Corrine.

    Now all we need is to get the MSM to listen.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    marniequin2

    Nan. most of understand that it would be nice for your daughters to have’ a load taken off their minds’ and that ‘it would be a relief for them to be able to plan to stay at home with their babies for a little longer.’
    Perhaps you might consider taking a wider perspective?
    If your daughters were living on disability pensions or amongst some of the most vulnerable in our community – e.g. mothers on Newstart, living well below the poverty line . . . . you might be encouraged to look at the inequities that exist beyond your own family and to be concerned about the bigger picture.
    In future, wouldn’t it be good if employed couples looking to have children started off by their lives together thinking a bit more about financial planning and building their savings against future expenses . . .
    Couples in fulltime employment are amongst the lucky ones in this country. Their health and skills make it possible for them to have pay packets, unlike so many others for whom the past, present and future are all horribly bleak in this . . .
    Australia, the Stupid Country.
    To our shame,we voted for this present lot although we have to thank Julia Gillard for getting the ball rolling and wrecking havoc in the lives of young unemployed Newstart mothers and the mature age unemployed.
    However, indications are that it will beALL the most vulnerable who will be adversely affected by the Abbott government. Your daughters are not in this category.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Pam

    Great stuff Corinne, I agree with everything you have said. I am at times to embarrassed call myself Australian. This so called Government is absolutely disgusting but I knew they would be. I long for the days Julia was our PM, it was so good to have such an intelligent, Courageous, Strong, caring and thoughtful PM.
    Abbott is none of these things and never will be, I worry about the mess our country is going to be in while he and the rest of his nasty party are governing this beautiful country. There is not one in the liberal party that is PM material and even if they did get rid of Abbott and put someone else in it would not make a difference because they are all tarred with the same brush. I fear there is no way out of this government, we are just going to have to put up with them and sit by and watch them do damage here and overseas. They are a joke and a total embarrassment.
    The Murdoch Media like them in because they are his puppets and they are doing his bidding. Nothing is going to change any time soon unfortunately.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    ColleenD

    Love your work, Corinne!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Yeah

    I think it’s a bit rich to think the world really cares what Australia is doing.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    RhodaD

    JoanneH says ‘Andrews and his wife have been involved in running Marriage and Family counselling at $240 a session via the Catholic Church..’

    Ahh should’ve known! Why would we expect integrity from any member of Abbott’s government.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    mars08

    My daughter and I have been in Bangkok for the past 5 days. Out hotel is just a few hundred metres from one of the major protest sites. In our travels we have walked through several of these blockades. I’m so glad my 20yo daughter is here to see this amazing sight.

    THESE people get it! These people are engaged! These people have courage and are organised They are using their freedom of speech for something other than homophobic or racist insults.

    And there is barely any police presence. I suspect there are undercover cops in the crowds, but no clusters of roided-up, heavily armed goons waiting to crack skulls.

    Sadly, there is no inconceivable way this sort of thing could happen (or be allowed to happen) in straaaya.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    pp et al

    Austalia

    IDIOCRACY

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Emma

    Corinne, I love reading your articles.
    Brilliantly written, and I totally agree with the content.
    I’d love to see more facts in the media on immigration and refugees, instead of the propaganda so many have chosen to accept as truth.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    rb

    Great write up. But I must say I was starting to wonder if I was the only female left with pubic hair. Credit to Diaz for putting it out there. But that is for another day.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    mike h

    Thanks for another great piece, Corinne. I am so saddened by what seems to be happening to us as a people. My old dad used to always say “truth and justice will always prevail”, and I’ve always believed it. Sadly, I’m thinking I might be mistaken.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    sam

    maintain the rage!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    marniequin2

    PS Nan
    We express different points of view on comment pages. One great feature of this website is that as far as I have seen so far, people ‘speak’ respectfully to and about other members.
    People with an opinion different from yours are not “banging on”, Nan. They are doing what you do – saying how they feel. Respectful language is important if we are to ever get mature discussion in Australia. We can all help with this?

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Dena b

    Totally agree with Corinne. As a ‘new Australian’ of non Anglo-Celtic origin, I have always been uncomfortable with what Australia Day seems to represent here. Other ex colonialist states don’t usually celebrate the day they arrived to colonise. They usually celebrate a milestone like confederation ( or a revolution) that includes everyone and represents the building of a nation state with all inhabitants. I often despair of the nascent and increasingly overt racism and xenophobia that is encouraged here, and I have been here for more than 1/2 of my life.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    ro.watson

    I feel pressed by the wrong pressure. Leave my pubes alone. I like them the way they are if only I could see them, without adopting an odd posture. Saw my pubes floating in my paddling pool the other day. What a sight for sore eyes.

    On commercial radio in Perth,, a Fairfax station~ I have heard legalese from some announcers like ~ where’s the corroboration. Unsubstantiated allegations against the Australian navy. I can think of a few other contexts where this bait by the press, and premature and ill-informed judgement, have been used Stralian way.

    After several independent inquiries, “stories”(people’s lives) of patterns of institutional abuse emerge…decades later.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Zoe

    You are, quite seriously, one of my heroes. As a female, social activist and lawyer your recent articles have been a lifeline. In a political and social (and why stop there, let’s add environmental, moral and informational) climate in which we currently live I am beginning to despair. Reading articles like this (and your last few) it’s nice to hear a like voice in my head, reading back to me. Please don’t stop. This situation has to be reaching critical mass (right!?) I really do hope that this is Australia’s Bush Jnr era, and it’ll be ushered out in due course… hopefully before the All-Faithful gets a second term.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    JoanneH

    The Age is reporting that a Coalition MP, Ken O’Dowd, told a community meeting in Queensland that too many Australians were exploiting the social welfare system. He added that he had recently spoken with billionaire Gina Rinehart who told him “Ken, you blokes in Canberra have got to stop the welfare system,…there is [sic] 60 per cent of Australians on some sort of welfare payment….they can’t be all that badly off.”

    There has been no response so far from O’Dowd, Andrews or Rinehart.

    • Reply January 23, 2014

      Carz

      But what people need to realise is that the welfare system is more than just payments from Centrelink. Free and/or subsidised education is a form of welfare. Free and/or subsidised health care likewise. And the list goes on. The reality is that 100% of Australians receive some sort of welfare, even if it isn’t in the form of money in a bank account.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Lenny

    Can’t we be angry about both shitty merchandise and the government’s many ongoing cruelties?

    Wait, what was that about pubes?

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    annieb

    can we have a taxpayer class action over the AWB scandal. There has to be an interested lawyer out there.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Timey

    “The Australian Navy wandered into Indonesia’s territorial waters on numerous occasions and the Government has ordered an inquiry. The investigation will take just three weeks.”

    I doubt there will even BE an inquiry into asylum seeker claims of burns.

    Yeah but, no but, yeah but….!
    We need to use the time and money for another ‘Pink batts’ enquiry! We haven’t got the right outcome on that one yet!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Sandy Gandhi

    Good for you Corinne – I say we have a pubic enquiry into the whole damn thing,
    Namaste,
    Sandy G

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Harri

    I weep for this country,everything that you say in this article sums up pretty well how angry I am, and I’m constantly angry about it, 24/7, I am PISSED.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Brenton fisher

    March in march protests. It’s a demonstration for a vote of no confidence in Abbott and his government . Get on it

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Duality

    You just won… everything. Thank you for writing this.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Michelle

    I think for many of us the appropriate slogan about now is “I’m Australian and I’m embarrassed”

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Nan

    Thank you Sarah for your input :) . Hi marniequin2 – I can say that I know both sides of this circumstance. I was left a single mother after a particularly nasty divorce, and I had the absolute privilege of bringing up my 3 lovely children. It broke my heart to have to see them live in much reduced cicumstances, and believe me, I know about how hard it is to find somewhere for a family to live, to try and survive on a single parent pension, to re-skill, to worry about uniforms and books, to find money for all the myriad of expenses that a family has, to find part-time work that thankfully flowed into full time work.. Yes, I know the world of being dependent upon the Government for support. I am fortunate that my life has panned out in a good way and I have no problem in paying taxes that go to help support others. I too know what it is like when you have to worry about your children and where they will be and who is looking after them and what those people are like, and I am so glad that my daughters will have a few more precious months with their babies courtesy of a paid parental leave scheme. They are equally aware of how it was for them growing up and how precarious life is – it is just by chance that some people are lucky and some people are unlucky. I am not apologising for being able and capable and will not apologise for being happy that my children will be able to spend time with their babies instead of having to rush straight back to work.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Sheilah

    Corinne, thanks for the wonderful article. How is this for presenting the facts from our elected members. Facts according to Craig Kelly Liberal MP for Western Sydney His ranting against the current curriculum developed by Ms Gillard government “Gaia Worship, this ideology, this neo-pagan religion is set to be indoctrinated into all Australian Children …”. How can anybody argue with logic like that. As they say you can always improve on ignorance but stupidity is incurable

    As for the MSM, well Murdoch decide who runs the family farm ( Australia). It his right to decides who the farm manager (PM) is to be and the farm workers (journos) has to concur with him or be out of a job. Many of them has families to feed or mortgages to pay so he who pays the piper plays the tune.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Jennifer Frances Armstrong

    Austrayans believe in gender, that is about it. It’s okay for a man to be a bastard, because that is male nature, but a mother that doesn’t nurture us at her teat is to be harshly condemned and dismissed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIZp2x18Lj4

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    M

    Unfortunately Corinne, without putting forward a solution you just sound like a whinger, just like the rest of the un-Australian tree hugging hippies! I am now going to unfriend the person who shared this link.

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      DaisyP

      I really don’t understand people like you who feel the need to ridicule and denounce anything anyone willing to care.
      If these so called ‘hippies’ did nothing like the average Joe, then I’d hate to think where this planet would be. They at least have the courage to fight for what is right.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Sherl

    We need you Corinne to tell it as it is and just maybe we’ll get fired up. Time we got serious about the real issues and a little less concerned about the drapes downstairs !!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Amy

    This will be the first time in 30 years that I refuse to celebrate Australia Day. I spend every other day hanging my head in shame at being associated with the attitudes and ideals of this government and the scum that voted for them.
    I’d be participating in the crime if I were to lift my face and watch them burn a million dollars worth of fireworks while we can’t “afford” human rights to innocent asylum seekers – women and children who aren’t getting enough water and medical facilities.
    I’m so ashamed I could cry.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Nicole

    This is good. So very good. Thank you.
    I can’t watch Abbott on TV or acknowledge him as our PM as I am so ashamed that he was voted in. If my friends vote for him again I think I will have to find new friends. I can’t fathom the depth of cruelty. Everything they touch turns not to gold…

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Sandy

    “I’m Strayan and I Love Stayin’ Dumb”

    Strewth Corinne, I’d be about as welcome as a fart in a phone box if I wore that t-shirt in my street. The dude who parks his bodacious shiny ute with the Aussie Pride and I Like Tits stickers in my street may not appreciate the subtle irony.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    getoffit

    No one appreciates your sarcasm, you’re a wozzle

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    GLENDA

    The LNP is smart they have taken Hitlers model of politics and use it to the best possible advantage, Create an enemy without the asylum seekers, create an enemy within the disabled and the unemployed and keep the people focused on that and they will be able to get away with anything. I agree that there will always be people who take advantage of a system but it should be up to the system to sort them out, not punish us all.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Amy

    My Asian fiance was bashed last Australia day by some “Strayans” who told him to “go back to his own country”. He hadn’t done anything to provoke them. He was only walking home from the beach.

    It genuinely disgusts me that this sort of hooliganism and macho cr*p is revered by this country. Lazy, loud-mouthed, racist bogans are seen as true blue “Strayans”. It makes me sick.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    aaron

    “The reality is that 100% of Australians receive some sort of welfare, even if it isn’t in the form of money in a bank account.”

    Not only that, but the majority of people who do receive monetary welfare are decent people who are receiving the money for valid reasons. I myself recently lost my job, and it terrifies me to think that I’ll be stuck living off these measly payments for god-knows-how-long until I find another job.

    Yet Abbott acts focuses on the minority (the welfare cheats) and tars all welfare receivers with the same brush. Apparently we’re all a bunch of “dole bludgers” and “welfare queens” who all need our payments cut off and a kick in the pants. >_>

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    AnnMartin

    We must take heart from the fact that ‘we’ does not include all of us. I know so many caring, intelligent, inclusive and thinking Australians who are deeply concerned about what is happening to their country and are doing everything they can to turn it around. And we are taking to the streets! March in March Australia 2014 – 15th, 16th and 17th March. A non-violent protest at the Abbott Government. Be in it – there’s a march near you!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Belinda

    Thank you Corinne just when I think I’m on my own you give me some hope.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Sandy

    March in March. Hooray!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Liam

    Corinne is more intelligent than I would have given her credit for on Rove and other stuff.

    Refreshing.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Damian

    Brilliant, Corinne.
    I echo the sentiments of the majority here in saying that I am utterly ashamed of the current government in this country.
    We’re being had and lied to by big business and government and I think (nay, I freakin’ hope) it’s not going to be too much longer before we (hopefully) start standing up and taking notice. We’re being had. On an enormous scale. And mainstream media has a lot to answer for.
    Brilliantly, it’s fabulous to see that the tide is beginning to turn.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Yvonne Walker

    Corinne as always you are awesome :-)

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    James

    I’m assuming that the findings will include something like ‘We thought it would be funny to get the captain to hold a broom handle, look up and spin around until he fell over and then steer the ship’.

    Is this really what you think the Navy does? Classic upper classic Australian view: that the military is a bunch of high school drop outs with few standards and even fewer morals. I’d like to see you spend a SINGLE day in the Defence force without running home in tears because you couldn’t handle the high workload and enormous responsibility (and subsequently, I’d expect you to write a blog about it, behind a keyboard, kept safe from the real world).

    • Reply January 23, 2014

      Kerry

      “You can’t handle the truth!”.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Linda Williams

    . Assisting asylum seekers is something the government should just do without any media attention. Like they support disabled people, or unemployed people – just get on and do it. Australians seem to be and think whatever mainstream news tells them to be. How the hell we address this is beyond me, but the last few months When I see a coalition minister or a hand picked business crony who will be paid vast sums of money to tell the government how to save money, I imagine them stroking a white cat with point years. And I imagine their media advisors with metal teeth and a gun. Not sure if I’m losing the plot or they really are working to a script from a mad bad people taking over the world.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    mick

    women should stand up against this tyrany!. They should shave them!, i mean who likes a full bush anyway.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Grant

    I for one am proud to be Australian. I’ve been amongst refugees trapped in Thailand. They’ve witnessed their villages butchered and their women raped. They dont have cash or the freedom to move nationally let alone internationaly. So yes I am against opening our borders to all comers as you imply AND yes I am for bringing in more refuges from camps around the world – it is possible to want to control our borders AND assist the persecuted in other countries.

    Despite your bagging of Australians we can be proud of our global contributions. I lived in Fairfield in Sydney and met many many people who are grateful for their new home, perhaps some of your respondants should put down tjeir chardonnay and live in Fairfield or Auburn for a few years (I have) – then come back and comment. Australia rocks.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Kerry

    March in March – I’ll be there as well. Hooray!
    I too am grieving for what we are losing and these right wing, privileged private school bullies have only been in 5 months. Heaven help us. Please March in March. Lets take this country back.

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      Heather

      Kerry, Do you have details about the “March in March”.
      I want to be there.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Paul

    Corinne, you are my new hero! Maintain the rage against the ignorance, baseless fear, and selfishness that would seek to send this country completely down the gutter.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Chris

    Great article well written. Thankyou.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Kate

    about time someone started speaking the truth. no one wants to hear it. because they are all too busy painting their nails and picking out their new iPhone 5′s. i am over the ignorance, racism and aggression in this country. march in march, and please corrine, consider politics?

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Johnsie

    Can’t you work up some new material Corrine? We get it, you hate Australia.

    A couple of questions for you though. Can you provide us with your qualifications that support your expert opinion that a 3 week investigation is insufficient to determine how Naval officers stuffed up? Can you also provide a reference to support your assertion that Kevin Andrews said people with a disability are living the high life and taking the easy way out?

    Oh and one final question, do you happen to read the Fairfax press? I can only assume you don’t. For all they report on in the politics section are all the things you have listed. What about the Guardian? Same thing, it’s all they talk about. There is plenty of coverage of the distorted fringe left views, just as News does a good job of covering the distorted fringe right view. That’s balance hey? Then the people with some smarts in the middle ground make up their own mind and ignore the extremes of which your “writing” forms a part.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Von_Gnar

    Damn you’re good, Corrine. Put the media on notice, thank you very much. Wake up Australia!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Mel McF

    Corinne Grant for PM!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Csasil

    Thank you for writing this Corrine and thank you to the commentors for reminding me that there are still other living breathing humans out there in this zombie wasteland.

    Don’t stop raging Corrine because nothing you write could be as outrageous or appalling as the actions of this government (and many of our fellow Australians turning a blind eye to these actions) …. We all need to be having a discussion about this stuff and if people are only going to engage once we ramp it up to a fiery raging rant, then so be it. Heck! At least we’ll be talking about it.!

    … I’m Australian and I too am so ashamed I could cry

    • Reply January 26, 2014

      Julietta Jameson

      I was scrolling through my Facebook feed looking at all the lovely photos of people eating Vegemite toast and lamingtons and wanted to say something all “happy Australia Day” like. And then I read this and realised why I just couldn’t. What a time in our history. What a weird thing our national day has turned into. Thanks for the post. You cleared it up for me. I don’t feel “unAustralian” at all about not being able to say “happy Australia Day”. I’m really happy for Adam Goodes, though.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    jonicomlately

    Yes we can rely on the MSM to give us our world view because thats where our parents got in from and then everything will be ok while we play follow the leader. If you look at the whole litany of attacks on the less well off in society you could but only feel sorry for the ignorant little bunnies.But not to fear for a big surprise is on its way for all of them because when the next financial crisis hits, ( the finance system is a pack of cards built on debt ) they will be joining them
    It is not that we don`t have enough money or resources to support a decent welfare system, its just that they don`t donate enough back to the political parties for the next election. That why the tax system subsidises the wealthy
    BUY GOLD

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Ian johannessen

    I’m a Londoner born and breed and have lived in Sydney for 25 years.
    Yesterday a predictably snotting young women from the Eastern suburbs~,that I think had mistaken me for one of her creed, ~Told me that “Your lucky if you can find a British person in London these days”.
    By this I can only assume,in part she is referring to many of my generation who where born in London to West Indian and Indian parents, who stayed in London (unlike me). Who are completely integrated into the wider British society and culture, speak with authentic London accents,and genuinely British voices and certainly have more claim to being British than I do.

    However this young white over privileged, mean spirited, ignorant, vile, AUSTRALIAN RACIST, now thinks she also has the right to decide who gets to be considered British!~ Happy Australia Day~you make me Sick!

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Simon

    The sad part about all of this is that NOBODY is willing to make a change. What good is talking about what needs to be done. Instead of sitting on your soapbox talking about it, actually do something. One person CAN make a difference. All of society is becoming so narrow minded, selfish and ignorant that it will eventually choke on its own self righteousness. The sooner everybody wakes up to the BS that they’re been spoon fed and start thinking for themselves, the better this country could become. I for on will always celebrate “australia” not “stralya” day because I am proud of the memory of what the Anzacs died to give us, not the pathetic excuse this country has now become.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    David Gale

    I liked your article, great way of looking at the government “wagging the dog”.
    One thing I have been thinking about for a while now is this – with so many blogs out there, there seem to be twenty times more faceless critics or lickspittles with their two cents. I reckon (Oi Oi) that if someone writes an article and signs their name, you should only be able to write a comment if you also sign your name. Like your mates “M” or “Johnsie” above who pan your article – good on you, folks. You don’t exist as I don’t believe that is your real name, so what you wrote is not real until you own it.
    Personally, I don’t like people arriving on our shores without the proper documentation, but dislike more the treatment of the people having a crack. If hundreds of people a month started flying into Australia without a visa, what do we do with them? I don’t know, I’m not trying to be facetious, but it seems if the poor people on the boats have to be received, so do the plane arrivals. And what’s next? The hassle I had to go through to allow my overseas-born (now) wife allowance to live and work here was quite the strain, but worth it in the long run as we welcomed our first child last year. We went through it the 100% legal procedural way, and it was tough as there are so many people trying to rort the system, meaning us real applicants suffer too.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    happy gal

    I know of a person that was in one of Corrines law classes.

    She is an incredibly decent and lovely person.

    Not your average celebrity bogan idiot.

    Just wanted to clarify.

    She’s the real deal

    Thanks

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    John Mangan

    Welcome to the life of lying, statistics manipulation, bigotry, outright stupidity, criminal activity, welfare and invalid demonization, immigrant racism and sheer outrageous theft we’ve had to endure in the UK since Cameron’s Nazty Party conned its way into power. Reading this is like deja vu.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    James

    Corinne,
    Your right, as a common dumb Australian I was un aware that Australia is under investigation by the International Court until now! However I feel your anger towards the general public may be too, well, general! I do agree that some people are quick to jump at headlines in the media, but feel the real issue here IS the media. If more of the truth was made readily available you may be surprised in what common dumb Australians care about! Anyway I appreciate your insightful article and look forward to reading more.

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Kara

    I have been in denial about this for some time, unfortunately I could no longer deny it any further when Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party were elected to run this country. I was in some disbelief that I was in a minority when it came to current issues and politics. It is a shame, but I feel pangs of embarrassment whenever I listen to Tony Abbott addressing the media here or abroad!

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    mike

    Australia might not be perfect but it’s still a much better country than a lot of others out there. We do pretty dam good down under – do you really think a blonde good looking woman would be able to write an article like this bagging the country in Syria? I’d say more likely she’d be hung out to dry, if she’s lucky.
    Give it a rest and think about how good we have it here!

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      Sandy

      What mike said. He’s an ace dude with his finger on the pulse. He’ll take 1 t-shirt in mediocre size.

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      Jen

      Ummm Mike, I hate to break it to you, but I think Corinne’s point is exactly that. The majority of Australian’s are not taking advantage or truly valuing how good we have it here. We should, given the set up we’ve got, NOT be behaving in the way she outlined.

      Unfortunately Mike, the fact that you can’t understand her article means you’re actually a part of the problem she’s identifying. You do indeed need one of the t-shirts.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    S

    While i agree with most of your points – why is paid parental leave a bad thing? It is the middle class who are footing most of the tax bill so why not give something back so the middle class can grow and increase welfare in the future? Especially when it is for young women who are getting payments so they will actually get hired in the first place and advance their career to reduce genrer inequality in the workplace – can you please explain what is so wrong about this!?
    I think this is the best policy the government has initiated!

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    littleredpillridinghood

    grrr I am so over all the Aussie bashing going on coming up to Australia Day, is it so offensive and should we be ashamed for loving our country? Corrine may have had a valid point if anything she presented as “evidence” of our stupidity was unbiased and actually a “fact” not just the side of the truth that favored her argument. Straya was a slang term made up as a joke because as Aussies we are known for being laid back, having a laugh and poking fun at ourselves not uptight, PC and anal retentive. Im just going to touch on a few of Corrine’s “facts” (I am deliberately ignoring the stupid t-shirt comments that open her argument – pathetic)
    - The 2 opening issues are Australia interfering in another countries “business” so to speak, then as you scroll further down? Outrage! Australia is not interfering with Nauru’s decisions…..not to mention a few months back we were all hating on TA for NOT sending our Navy into Indonesia’s waters to pick up a boat..
    - Disability pensions, she goes to worse case scenario – the big mean government wants to make disabled people suffer! The proposal is merely a reform as to who receives disability so it is ensured the RIGHT people do. There are countless people scamming the system and the reform covers ALL benefits excluding aged pension
    - Rising rate of domestic violence against WOMEN…..this is my favorite, the report she got this from ACTUALLY says family violence has increased which includes men and children but she had to just focus on women…why? because as a feminist she knows only women are abused…duh
    - She also waters down numbers of asylum seekers to a few thousand…..try 20+ thousand at an estimated cost of $1.4 BILLION last year alone and that is by boat…a further 50+ thousand came in on flights and disappeared, currently 1 in 360 people in Australia is one of these people.

    So overall, lovely rant Corrine but dont slam the Murdoch media for only presenting one side when you have done exactly the same. If I can be labelled racist for questioning immigration and non-assimilation then I declare you racist of your own people.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Tom

    “Rising rate of domestic violence against women”? Australia doesn’t even keep records of violence against men.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Guido

    What utter drivel. It appears there is a reason why Corrine Grant is a stand up comedian and not apart of ” mainstream media”. This blog is full of holes and more suited totoGood News Week rants rather than contributing to any real debate on topics relevant to political movements be it local or international. Perhaps she is appealing to the Stralian persons whom she is deriding so much but they are too dumb to realise she is taking the piss on her own followers!

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Abbanabba

    Of course, our politicians are some of this country’s biggest wealfare recipients. After all, our hard-earned taxes pay all their income and benefits. I guess we can assume they’ll soon be receiving the necessary reductions to their handouts.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    mars08

    So there you have it in a nutshell… blonde good looking chicks have it better in straaaya than in Syria. Now shut up and have a beer….

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    c hart

    So you essentially complain we are being run by a right wing aristocracy but demand we stand up and be harsher with Syria? Do you actually comprehend world politics or do you just see other articles criticise a country so you join in. Do some actual research on how smart it would be for us to engage with another Islamic dictatorship…

    So many keyboard warrior journalists who provide no facts just their own cotton candy headlines and buzz sentences they steal from other leftist blogs.

    All of the things you mention aren’t great on paper but you provide no alternatives and have no references or facts so essentially this is a waste of my time. Go back to comedy

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Vaughan

    Great article. I’ve been following the press in Australia and overseas since we emigrated abroad last year. It certainly reassures me it was the right decision. Sentiments shared by many other expats we talk to.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Jennie Gannaway

    Great article couldn’t agree more

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Hayley

    Is it supposed to be funny? What a load of rubbish. Not even well written, shouldn’t a journo check for typo’s?

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Guy

    Thanks Corinne, you are a legend.

    Every decision made these days smacks of inequality. I mean tell me which ordinary australian has been screaming out for assistance with mariage counselling costs? Which section of town do you think will use the most marriage counselling vouchers?

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Jeni

    Nailed it Corrine.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    OzTyke

    Thank you Corinne, for your amusing and thought-provoking article.
    When the population is largely informed by reactionary radio shock-jocks, the Murdoch Press and Channel 9 it’s a wonder we can get ourselves dressed each day.
    How about those pubes, hey?

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Matt Sumeghy

    Make sure you wear your “Property of the Labour government” singlet on Australia Day.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Jacqueline

    I’m collecting my facts anyway, it’s all I’ve got. Meanwhile, please keep writing – it’s all that is keeping some of us sane at the moment. My fear has gone into deep freeze – it got worse, just when I thought it couldn’t. But they’ll go a step too far, even for the great unwashed, and when that happens, we’ll be ready. Until then, welcome to the wrecking ball. Did you bring your dustpan and brush?

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Sam

    For those who want to tell our government we do not support their devilish ways, a march will be happening on 17th of March in Canberra, on the 15-16th various marches will be also be happening across Australia. For additional details copy and paste the link below and spread the word! Power to the people!
    https://www.facebook.com/marchinmarch?fref=ts

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Sarah

    Fantastic! Thank you

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Debra Ellison

    Thank you so much for your comments. It constantly breaks my heart the way the media treated Julia Gillard and her government. She was before her time….a Prime Minister who actually wanted to address the issues facing our country, but we were too busy believing what the media were serving up to us. Tony Abbott has become an embarrassment, both to himself and the country. Australia is an amazing country but we lock people up who come to our country seeking asylum…we even call the places ‘detention centres’!!! How is this possible? A country that has been made up of migrants since 1788…suddenly these people are no longer welcome.
    If you get a chance, watch the film ‘Idiocracy’. It tells the narrative of a man transported to the future where he is the smartest man on earth…..everywhere the rest of the population is absolutely brainless. ….a scarey possible scenerio of our future!

    • Reply January 28, 2014

      trina

      It wasn’t just Gillard. Rudd copped a hell of an unfair drubbing by the MSM too. He was actually a pretty good PM, before the PNG “solution” and white-anting Gillard thing (but hey, what goes around…)

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    crystalsinger

    I actually think there’s a huge number of Australians who DO care about such things. Remember, despite every incoming government claiming they have a ‘mandate’ to implement every single policy (or policy placeholder), the truth in Australia is that at *best*, almost half of everyone voted ~against~ the new government. I figure that it breaks down something (VERY roughly) like:

    * 25% true believers in “the LNP way”
    * 27% fairly indifferent to any party and their policies
    * 48% absolutely horrified by a whole range of agendas now being pushed by the LNP government

    So why does it feel like there’s widespread indifference or unthinking/unfeeling support for the policies now being enacted? Well, it’s far easier to cut-through with simple black & white slogans than it is to get a well-considered, nuanced position heard. It’s how we seem to be wired as a species. And a lot of people who don’t have an existing strong opinion against the policies see and hear all the simplistic slogans and assume that that’s the temperature of the room—so they go along with what they figure their ‘fellow Australians’ think and feel.

    The exact same thing happens with religion, where the discourse often seems to be dominated by the extreme fundamentalists, simply because a handful of people with extremely simplified, black & white messaging and a large megaphone cut through far more than any moderate position will easily do. And just like religion, the onus is on the ‘moderates’ (i.e. the 48% I mentioned) to work vigorously to counteract the strong messaging if the fringe-dwellers, rather than sit back in silent horror and let things play out without their voices in the mix.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Rose

    Corine thank you for writing this piece, I agree with with everything you wrote. Why is our nation so dumb? Is it because we are so isolated from the rest of the world? Is it because politics, and democracy and are no longer taught in schools, with the focus on just the three Rs. My son met some young people his own age from Denmark recently, and he was amazed at how they can put themselves exactly on the political platform they support, ie centralist, liberal socialist alternative etc. Ask the average Australian young person and they don’t have a clue about politics except what gets dished up on the Current Affair or other crap shows.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    McMice

    Good lord you’re a sour person aren’t you? Plenty of room in Communist China if you don’t like it here.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    LittleRaggie

    I would like to make a political comment, but I find it hard to relate humorously to stupid.
    I can however solve the pubic dilemma. Export the offcuts to Brazil.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Thierry Fossemalle

    thanks
    good piece.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Frustrated Sam

    Fed up with the brainwashed public forgetting how disastrous labour was to our country in recent years and how terrible they were financially. Furthermore, our previous pm (well, one of two) Gillard is still under federal investigation for fraud and may end up in prison. Stop this left winged nonsense. It’s going to ruin this country. We should be proud on Australia day and be patriotic about what freedom we have (for now). In years to come, the popular left views will render the country bankrupt and we will pander to the minoraties undermining the values of this country. Anyone bashing Tony for saying “goodies and baddies back in SEPTEMBER 2013 can go fuck themselves uno pronto. It’s just a figure of speech. Slow news week much??? I think yes. I will not be brainwashed by retarded journalism and/or tv personality views which also pander to the popular. It’s funny that musicians, tv personalities, artistic people are te most left winged as they are the most furthert removed from reality. Ivory tower syndrome and what I believe to be nationwide guilt complex (not feeling like we deserve the great prosperity we have). In closing, HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY LOUD AND PROUD!

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      Dpeterson

      But Sam YOU have been brainwashed…..world wide in the past 7 years we out performed every other western economy..got us through the g.f.c….the figures speak for themselves ! Ah but so many do prefer the drama of Tonys sloganeering …simple, find someone to blame ..and take the focus of. invetigating how we govern…. find anyone it’s a strategy and clearly one you support

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Melq

    Interesting thought McMice (re Communist China) but Corinne wouldn’t last two minutes there. Here in the country she appears to hate, she can slag of the rest of the us as dumb or ill-informed and look down on us all with contempt. And why shouldn’t she. She is a commedienne after all. I mean if that doesn’t give her the right to sit in judgement on everyone else, then what does ??

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    hamster

    In response to James’s defence of the Navy – so are we talking about the same Navy currently being investigated for abuses of its own people on naval vessels??

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    JDR

    It’s a great country but it’s flawed by its own affluence and indolence. Interesting to see what happens after 12 months. What must Malcolm Turnbull be thinking amidst this cabal of Christian Right wing policy makers??? The stability of political rule is always undermined by ego and ambition

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    windpower

    Great article Corinne, sadly. You are right. Luckily there are almost the statistically exact number of right wing and or troll responses to this article for them to be seen as ‘planted’ as they are. Melq, Corinne is calling it as she sees it, without fear or favour. There are a very large number of us who love this country but despair about the idealogical journey the population is being lead along by a highly skilled ‘propaganda’ machine.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Simon Whittaker

    I think that it is time to make a few points clear.
    a) the Australian people may vote in a government but we, as a people are not responsible for every decision made, the people who make the decisions are responsible for that.
    b) the Australian media are responsible for get gets air time / space. As much as people lament what people view/read it is the journalists and editors who are responsible for spoon feeding sensational rubbish to the people. In fact (sadly), the media pumps out so much brow beating negativity that it is no wonder that people are looking for escapism from the weight of articles like this.
    c) Australia has boneheads and racists – just like every other country in the world. They are not exclusive to Australia. We have a rich, multi faceted society that I am proud of. I feel the majority of Australians indulge in the food, cultures and religions of other countries and enjoy friendships with people of diverse backgrounds.
    d) Australia has a checkered past and is far from perfect right now, but show me a country that isn’t! We are an evolving nation that has people from all over the world clambering to get here for heavens sake – what better endorsement could you ask for! The neigh sayers will of course say this is purely for economic reasons but of course this is evidence of the unbridled self flagellating shame feat that this type of article exemplifies.
    If we are to achieve a cohesive society for our kids then we need to celebrate Australia Day in a way that brings together our diverse society and most importantly instills a sense of community and enjoyment that our kids want to preserve and foster in their kids.
    I can see that some people are uncomfortable that Australia Day coincides with “Invasion Day”, perhaps in the future we might move it to “Sorry Day” as a way of acknowledging our past.
    In the meantime, instead of using Australia Day as a way of depressing us and repressing any sense of pride and achievement in the progress we have made, how about being a bit more positive.
    Australia, we aren’t perfect but we are improving and growing as people. Take a day off from feeling ashamed because some people bring up every little mistake and fail to acknowledge our good points and celebrate for a day. Say g’day to your neighbours or mates from overseas, have a curry for dinner, keep your consumption of foreign beers to a therapeutic level, kick a soccer ball, light your incense and thank Buddha for another day making your life better and enjoy yourselves – it’s ok.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Another Person

    Oh look, it’s Australia Day and people are pissing on Australia. Again. If you really cared maybe you’d be so vocal year round, instead of this boring predictable drivel on this specific weekend alone.

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    melq

    No ‘windpower’ . . . Corinne isn’t calling it as she sees it. She’s spouting left wing drivel and attempting to drag the population on an idealogocal journey in socialism. Sound familiar.

    And Corinne. The Socialist Forum called. You forgot to renew your membership. But if you send payment today they will give you a free ‘I hate Australia badge’ and ‘Hoopla’ mouse-pad.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    hamster

    Hiya melq – I think you just reinforced Corrine’s argument. As she would say ‘boo ya!’.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Lance

    Intellectual snobbery at it’s best.

    Corrinne, you are a wonderful comedian. Best stick to that I would think. . . . . . . . . .

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Mike

    My thoughts regarding the media.
    Trash and fear get attention, and the commercial news networks are in a battle to win the ratings to maintain / increase their advertising rates, and increasingly resorting to these tactics boost their audience. Be it showing the most viewed YouTube clip of the day or trying to convince us we all have paedophiles living next door.

    I would like to see all advertising banned in news programs on TV. That way the networks won’t have to drop their standards in order to get a cheap boost in ratings. The ratings won’t mater so much, and journalistic integrity will come back to the forefront.

    Unfortunately online websites know what get’s the most clicks (it’s either shocking stories / videos and celebrity gossib). These will continue to get pushed to the front of their pages so long as people keep clicking on it.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Sarah Somewhere

    I want to toungue kiss you Corinne Grant!! Brilliant, bravo. Shame, shame, shame, ‘Straya.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Yvette

    Corinne, you’re inspiring! Keep doing what you’re doing :-)

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    utter rubbish

    Yes Dpeterson Krudd and Dillard got us through the gfc by throwing around all of the money Howard had saved getting us in to a good financial position, you jokers have no idea, had Keating remained in control with your union mates we would be a 3rd world country by now just as we heading toward with the clowns that we just thrown out, if you don’t like Australia and democracy please do us all a favour and leave, you all prove 1 thing, the minority are the majority of the whiners, you all need some tissues you are pathetic and an embarrassment to this country!!

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    JoanneH

    Abbott’s speech at the World Economic Forum, where he once again took his ‘compulsory’ veiled swipe at the Labor Government, was immature and showed his ineptness on the world’s stage.
    He tried to airbrush out of history the fact that Labor’s excellent economic performance, especially during the GFC, was globally recognized and well documented internationally.
    No mention of the millions of jobs saved, low interest rates, earning the 3 triple A ratings or keeping us out of recession.
    I am sure most of his audience would have been aware of those facts.
    Other countries do not engage in domestic politics at those forums, which makes him look even more like a classless jealous fool.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    melq

    Yeah. You’re right hamster. With her wealth of experience on Rove Live, The Glasshouse, and Dancing With The Stars one has to truly appreciate Corinne’s indepth understanding of complex world issues. Or is it possible that Corinne (like most of these new world bloggers) really doesn’t know shit from clay. Other than what she sees on the ABC or reads in the Guardian.

    Well, come Monday when I’m enjoying time with my family and reflecting on what a great country we live in, Corinne no doubt will chained to a fence somewhere protesting injustice . . . . or is it more likely she’ll be sipping a glass of Moet somewhere nice and sniping about how stupid the rest of us are ?

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    leo

    I wisb Corrine Grant stuck to comedy. I stopped reading it half way. Do you remember what political party was in power during the spying?

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    T Miller

    Love this article! Maybe there is someone out there who sees what I see.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    expatusa

    When I first read the statement around “it’s baddies vs baddies” I thought that it was a refreshing look at international affairs. While it was spoken as eloquently as JWB (shame Abbott, you know better as a Rhodes scholar); it was important to note that sometimes there is no ‘right and wrong’ group in a civil conflict. If the rebels had the killing power of the government in Syria, I am certain the shoe would be on the other foot.

    The “goodies” part confuses me; I can only hope he is referring to Bill Oddie; as opposed to a shift from non-interventionism to picking a side (or having it picked for us, hint hint).

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Kate

    Great article CG! Wouldn’t it be great if it got a run in the MSM!

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Mitch

    Has she ever seen or heard what is happening in all over Europe rapes grooming gangs beheadings FMG
    Riots, get your head out of the sand and have a look what’s happening to the rest of the world that have taken in so called refugees,

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Mal

    Thank-you Corinne. I wish everyone in Australia was as brilliant as you clearly are. You are so right in what you say – this is a terrible country and we should all be ashamed of what the government is doing. Ashamed of being an Australian really. Not that we are Australians anyway, as we are all part of the invasion and genocide of the traditional owners that has happened over the last 225 years. And we celebrate this disgrace every year? And people are supposed to parade around in their British union jack swimwear and be proud? Frankly, we would be better if Australia simply didn’t exist as a country. We should simply allow those who are fleeing persecution around the world to come here, and everyone else should just leave.
    You’re right that activists and lawyers should forget about trying to convince everyone else of their arguments. Just cut out that annoying democracy anyhow. If it gave us Tony Abbott and the Liberals it clearly isn’t working anyway. That’s something else we should be ashamed of. If people are too dumb to see the world in the same way as clever people like you and me, they are clearly too dumb to vote. I think you should be in charge of international relations – giving speeches at the world economic forum, managing diplomacy with Indonesia etc. Then Abbott would have to sit around on a TV set or write internet articles trying to sound clever as an armchair expert. Doubt he could do it though, because he’s not as clever as you. You’re wasted cracking jokes and flogging car insurance. Keep up the great work!

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Stevie Mac

    I’m Strayen and I’m not strayen from the hand-wringing left wing narrative in which every time a conservative is voted to govern those on the Left run around crying “We’ll all be doomed!” Overblown nonsense.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    ck

    I unfortunately decided to torture myself and read all of this. What a truly unintelligent thought bubble you have been able to put into the public’s view as an alternative to the truth.
    Another band wagon hate article where its main point is, “I hated Australia before cool”.
    I’m not going to be one of the people who say “If you don’t like it leave” but perhaps if you are reading this article and are accepting it as fact perhaps you should do some research that doesn’t involve print media, you may find that the picture of Australia presented here is not one that exists in anything other than the minds of the left.
    I dislike the right’s extremes as much as the left’s, but the right’s doesn’t look to drag the reputation of 23 million people through the mud.
    Every nation, EVERY NATION, has its flaws, but Australian’s should be able to stand proud of what we give to our region and the World. Australia is heavily involved in the construction of school in Indonesia as well as being the second largest contributor to reconstruction post Boxing Day Tsunami affected areas (1st being Indonesia itself).

    The Royal Australian Navy is a professionally trained and operated military organisation, who also provides humanitarian relief, that on a daily basis defends our borders and rescues ill equipped refugee vessels that try to enter Australia illegally. What they are doing is no different to that of, sneaking over the Mexican-US border, walking through the Channel Tunnel into GB, should we just let them arrived unchallenged? or should we continue use proper procedure to ensure that if you want to come to Australia the legal way like 30,000+ refugees chose to last year.

    “EST 1788″ was printed and ordered by a German multi national corporation, yet everyday Aussies get slammed for this by the author, perhaps the onus should be on ALDI to employ intelligent people to vet this stuff.

    I am going to compare this article to Cory Bernardi’s comments a couple of weeks ago, because it makes a claim that insults a proportion of the nation due to naive, shallow or unintelligent research to gain some spotlight.

    Tip for next time, Contact Mark Scott of the ABC, he seems to love this sort of angle, who knows you may make it on the news.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Anon E Mouse

    Corrine, you definitely nailed it as comments from the rabid-right show.
    I smiled when I read their irrational rants that barely even attempted to address the issues you raised.
    The right wingers(or is that whingers) have given you a resounding endorsement by their inability to refute your very funny but salient points.
    Well done Corrine.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    E2

    This is an opinion piece and I respect Corinne’s opinion as obviously a non LNP supporter. But, I think it is highly offensive to a majority of this country to insinuate they are dumb simply because they expressed their democratic right to elect a different government to the one you would prefer.

    I don’t support either the Libs or the ALP, I don’t think either can find a good balance for this country. Abbott is far to easily handing out free trade agreements without considering the repercussions of international law while Rudd’s solution was to spend on things that were in no way going to stimulate the economy long term, just leave a gaping debt that could have been used to upgrade roads, hospitals, etc.

    But back to my point, I can respect the opinion of what Corinne is saying in her post, and there certainly is an element of dumb, racist Australia (Cronulla riots anyone???) but to essentially insinuate that Australians are dumb because they backed the current government is offensive and rude to all who didn’t vote ALP. What Corinne has said in this piece is no different to something Piers Ackerman would say in his weekly paper piece. Both just one sides propaganda.

    That’s my view anyway.

    Besides that, I really like Corinne, I think she is intelligent and hilarious. I loved her Eurovision coverage :)

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Anti-Corruption

    Know thy enemy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si4Zx5H2o0c

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    sam

    Thanks Corinne, I have had this same belief since I was about 11 years old growing up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney. The issues change but the mind set doesn’t. Australia is not really a progressive country at all. There are but a small minority of us that try to put ourselves in others shoes and are not making decisions based soley on how it affects our bank balances or stupidly following the main stream media without question. Keep speaking out. X

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Sizdays

    Too long; didn’t read

  • […] This piece, by comedian and writer Corinne Grant, has been doing the rounds recently, cited approvingly as an accurate snapshot of Australia and Australians. In brief, Grant argues that we are more interested in celebrity gossip than serious politics. The repeated violation of Indonesian territorial waters by the Australian Navy in its attempts to turn back refugee boats is said to get less interest than Cameron Diaz’s views on Brazilian waxing. The conclusion: […]

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    JoanneH

    Let us all celebrate Australia Day by making sure the original owners of the land get included in the Constitution.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Damo

    Is Australia being dumbed down?! …no, as the gentleman on the panel mentioned, it’s there if you choose to read it. I think the heading should be, Australia chooses to dumb down, because the Bieber articles and Kim & Kanye articles obviously sell more publications.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Brad

    Very poorly researched article (if there was any research done?), especially in reference to the Syrian conflict. I do, however, agree that the typical Australian’s opinion on asylum seekers is ridiculous. Corinne, perhaps stick to comedy because your political commentary is equally uninformed as the Australian public you describe.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Ralph Brew

    Corinne that was so true and to the point. Nice to hear you change the centre of the debate, but shit! Where to from here? Overthrow a government? And the next? Cripes!

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    AngeaP

    Thanks Corrine, I agree with your article and loved your perspective. I agree. I watched the clip above and felt sad for the lady trying to discuss your article- did she get to a) make her point? and B) was she asked any questions by the panel, or did our masses just get told by this panel of so called experts (self congratulatory ones BTW) that the media is AOK? People need to hear this from more than just you- how do we make it happen??

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    sue bell

    Get Up is looking for money to start running ads/opinion pieces in main stream media to counteract and hold to account the cruelties and lies of this dreadful government.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Disgusted by the ignorance on here

    Such an amazing article Corine, my respect for you has skyrocketed. Very sad reality but utterly spot on, As much as your words inspire I fear there is no hope, just look at the utter ignorance in most of these comments.
    Its hilarious how those who see the truth argue their point sensibly whilst almost all those too brainwashed and conditioned to know how bad things are really getting can’t do anything but bring it down to a personal level and tell you to “stick to being a comedian” or take other nasty unnecessary and unrelated potshots.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    melq

    @Sam and for that matter Corinne, the ‘progressive left’ to which you belong is like a brattish teenager. Full of self importance and absolutely convinced they know everything. But in reality they have a child’s very limited understanding of the real world. And when they do something, they invariably make a mess of it, leaving it to the grown-ups to fix everything. And true to form, they piss and moan and throw tantrums when things don’t go there way. They name call and make childish jibes and never ever let the facts get in the way of a good whinge. Australia is not dumbed down just yet, but under the former government, we were well on our way. Let’s be thankful people woke up and realised just how utterly inept they really were.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    sue bell

    It is also obvious that some of the commentators above cannot recognise satire, poor sad people especially happy to see Melq trolling again, always good for a laugh.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    melq

    Oh yeah . . . and ‘stick to being a commediene’ :)

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    melq

    Thanks Sue. What you call ‘satire’ I call ‘leftist drivel’

    I could buy it as satire if it wasn’t the same tired shit from Corinne. Go back and look at all of her articles. You could virtually swap the dates and it’s all the same old posturing.

    YAWN

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Annem

    I am Australian. I love my country. I would not want to live anywhere else in the world.
    HOWEVER that does not mean I uncritically accept everything my country ( or my prime minister or my navy or my media) does or says in my name. I reserve the right to dissent just as Corinne has the right to dissent.
    I am disappointed that the tone of Australia Day has changed over the past few years and seems to have been hijacked by drunken flag-waving, flag-wearing yobbos who seem to think that being Australian is a personal achievement rather than a matter of luck.
    Furthermore, I refuse to wear my flag, believing that to be a total lack of respect. I also think that Australia Day should be moved to a more inclusive date.
    Happy Australia Day everyone! With all her faults she’s still where I want to be!

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    happy gal

    There’s a lot of bogan bashing and class hatred in this article…

    Dregs of the middle class unite as one eh??

    I find that embarrassing and amusing.

    Food for thought.

    Happy Bogan Bourgeois day!!

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    melq

    All jokes aside. Corinne, the rest of the country chipped in and we bought you a ticket to Indonesia. One way of course and you can pick it up at the airport. Seating choices were limited but we managed to get you a seat on the far left of the plane (we thought you’d like that).

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    ro.watson

    Ho hum, and argh? Endlessly and ever looking backwards while tentatively present, and falling forwards with a lot of baggage? NSW is not the whole country, then, now, ever.

    Heard an interview today with Alex Manfrin on 720ABC local Perth radio, who along with Malcolm Dix has written, a book:~”My First 100 Bogan Words”.

    Meanwhile, I return to my favourite first learnt poem: “Lone Dog” by Irene McLeod to provide an inkling of the other side of “mateship”..

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Doolz

    It would seem that Corinne, and most of the readers, are convinced that the only conceivable way that someone could disagree with their point of view is if they are ignorant, racist and dumb – it must be difficult waiting for the rest of the world to catch up. This is puzzling since the original article is rather, well, dumb. Taking a hotch-potch of issues, providing a stance, and exploring or explaining nothing, doesn’t seem to elevate the level of debate any anything. I guess it works well if everyone already agrees with you but given the opportunity to put forward a legitimate point of view and actually elevate the discussion, I think Corinne cops out with a bunch of the usual narrow-minded hyperbole, designed to ‘rouse the troops’, rather than to encourage any original thought.

    It’s actually rather saddening to see the level of hatred directed towards Tony Abbott in the comments for being, well, Tony Abbott. There is a general consensus in the comments of a need to elevate the debate (which I wholeheartedly endorse) but the painful superiority of the comments are childish, ill-founded and based on a genuine hatred, bordering on scary in a peaceful democracy like Australia. I wouldn’t say I’ve been underwhelmed by Abbot’s performance to date, largely because the original expectations were so low, but fair to say he has not hit the ground running. His achievements, or lack thereof, can be looked at with an open mind however and not within a hysteria that is incapable of making any rational assessment. Perhaps if the people writing really are they intellectual giants they seem to think they are, perhaps they are capable of this.

    “One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool” – George Orwell

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      ro.watson

      Doolz, have you ever learned how to use a hammer and a nail? The hammer’s force comes from its weight. Swung wisely it can hit the head of the nail on its head. Swung unwisely,injuries. These days, some tradies drill first~ this may be the new and better way~ especially with hard woods, like jarrah( a depleting hardwood resource)? Then there is the knowledge about screws and power tools these days~ tools that can screw and unscrew. Tradies jooje? Does this apply to social policy? I think not. Any project should be looked at for its domain assumptions and possible unintended consequences that hurt people in a street near you.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Jenkins

    Whilst Phony deserves all this attention, lets not forget the many others in the so called ‘Adult Team’. None more so than Scott ( Col. Klink) Morrison and the roaring silence which we were getting once a week on Border Protection. I should of course also mention the wonderful job that Christopher ‘Pain’with his latest rendition and interpretation of the Gonski Report.
    If this is a sample of some of the leaders which our next generation will be looking up to…..I for one will be looking down, with my head bowed in shame.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    mandy

    Lets me get this right. you have a Daddo, Ita and TV presenter on a panel asking if Australia is being dumbed down….

    from Channel 10 who has given us Neighbours

    I think I may know the answer

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Marty

    I’m Australian and I love my country, the opportunities it provides me and my family, the ability we have to help other countries less fortunate than our own and the tolerance the majority show for all other races.

    Sure there are those who are “Strayan and love stayin’ dumb” but as with every news article they are not the portrayed majority but an infinitely small minority. Perhaps Corinne you could start publicising a little more positive news the stereotype “Strayan” may be broken

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    min729

    when’s the revolution??

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    ro.watson

    min729~ sun rises in the east and sets in the west every day~ and every day moon goes in the same general direction, rising in the east and setting in the west. Hope this helps with general orientation.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Fawad

    5am? jeez Louise love?!

    excellent article Corinne.

    ’nuff said…

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Luke

    I think Cameron Diaz has a good point, women should grow out their pubes

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Dave

    Maybe you should just accept that a. You’re misinformed. b. Just because you opine something maybe not all, or most people feel the same. c. Accept that the time if minority governance is over, and with that so is the pandering to minority opinion. d. Anyone that doesn’t submit to minority opinion is not a bogan, or a redneck. e. Maybe you should have a look at yourself.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    gypjor

    Melq. The grown ups you refer to, is that the “Daggy Daddy” who refers to the Syrian Crisis as “baddies versus baddies”??

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Dean

    So indicative of what this country has become. On Australia Day, I reflect on what being Australian means to me, the good and the bad! As an English import and now Australian citizen I reflect on the obvious blessings that this country has to offer… The climate, no crime (compared to the US or Europe) despite the medias efforts to manufacture a perception of one), no racial tension… Ditto the media. The truth is that Australia’s obscurity geographically and politically is also it’s allure. I didn’t even know who the prime minister was on arrival. Sadly I came to learn of Thatcher impersonator john Howard, and the wanna-be brand of politicians that come to follow. The truth of most ex-pat 1st generation euro citizens is that the lack of true culture or manners of the stereotype ‘straya’ lovin Ozzie makes it a conflicted love affair with this great nation. If I have to endure one more great Aussie BBQ with the uniformed clan (peaked cap, wrap around sunnies, singlet and boardies, oh I forgot things and a few Tatts for good measure) in audience of the elected Larakin talking shit before the conversation moves to property renovations and a catalogue and comparison of material possessions. Oh dear. I’ll dwell on the reasons I left the old country rather than those of why I came to the new one. Of course the lament of those who would suggest I fuck off back home then, I reply thus, this is home and I benevolently love the place, and the best friends I have are the most optimistic and open hearted Aussies a human could hope to meet on this planet. Oh well I’ll wish you all a happy Australia Day, caution that jingo’ism is a false pride and quietly enjoy the sunshine.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Chloe Joyce

    Thank you for speaking “strayan” maybe, just maybe, hopefully this message will not fall in deaf ears because your speaking their language. Genius.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    I have a plan

    So Corinne and all of you goldfish should we have voted this person back in?? http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/opinions/what-nicola-roxon-said-about-kevin-rudd/201310163059 Is the women’s agenda website ran by Murdoch?? Or maybe the ABC is it ran by Murdoch?? http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-16/nicola-roxon-kevin-rudd-bastard-james-button-memorial-lecture/5027030 Australia is a democratic country although by your and most of your goldfish followers you wish it were a communist country where only Labor is voted in, how sad is that and all of your crying and whinging, if Tony does such a bad job he will be voted out in a few years then we can go broke again, the saddest thing here is you are actually picking on most of the bogan Labor voters with your “dumb” comments above which is gold as you are just confusing the dumb, why don’t you count on getting the country back on track by putting the price of smokes up a bit more or in real terms bank on killing people to get it back on track, how ironic, again attacking your bogan mates.

    Anyway I have a plan, how about we swap you and all of your goldfish followers that think we are so bad off with people facing persecution that really have it tough, there must be at least 6 million or more of you goldfish that we could ship over to war torn countries and we could bring back 6 million people that really have something to whinge about, it’s a win win situation, we get rid of over 6 million whingers that side with unions and therefore do very little for our economy and get over 6 million people that would love to have the opportunities that we do and would work their butts off finally having a chance to get somewhere in life, I know so many recent immigrants and they really do love the opportunities they get here and they work so hard, much harder than you goldfish and believe me after recently visiting such a country you see how tough they are with what they have to live through, then to finish off the plan we could ease Tony’s boat people laws and watch you goldfish try to make it back in boats that will probably sink, again win win as most the whinging goldfish that used to think it was so bad here under Tony will drown in leaky boats trying to make it back, THIS IS THE PERFECT SOLUTION :)

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    bored bourgeois

    Thanks kindly Corrine

    Its inspired us to have an Australia Day Bogan party

    Should be fun with Whispering Jack as the background music and the green and gold trackies as suitable attire

    Smirk

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    Tom Yates

    Yes Australia is being dumbed down, talking to a lot of people and they don’t want to be led blindly into the dark like the Americans have.

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    Boris

    Meh. Who cares.

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    D

    This article makes some good valid points. However the overall tone and political or ideology bias is prudent. A fact is around 5,000,000 yep 5 million Australians receive welfare, almost a quarter. Where is the line drawn? Or at what point does it become unaffordable? I disagree with the large paid maternity leave btw. Another fact is when the border security policies were overturned by the previous government around 1,200 corpses were floating between Australia and Indonesia as a direct result of attracting boats. I for one was sick of death after death. We are a fair country and always will be, perhaps we should be doing more on the ground in the countries where majority of asylum seekers are coming from, helping everyone? We will always have a quota of intake should we STOP intake from refugee camps and only alow boats?

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    sue

    Oh dear I foolishly watched that clip from Ten, yep dumb, won’t go there again.
    But will stick with the Hoopla. Great read Corinne

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    Gypjor

    Johnsie. “We get it, you hate Australia”.
    Let me see if I have this straight. According to you, if you disagree with any LNP policies and express a different opinion on those policies, “You hate Australia”. What a ridiculous statement you make.
    By the way, who is the “We” in “We get it”

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    Glenn Musto

    Dear Australia,

    Why can’t you make Australia Day about all of the good and bad you have done?

    Or are you unable to take responsibility for your atrocities whilst celebrating your triumphs?

    Perhaps that just takes an authentic and connected maturity that a snooty teenager of a country like you is not yet ready for?

    I imagine Australia will just play x-box and be rude to its loved ones tomorrow, like every other day.

    Perhaps you can look to your younger, more
    respectful brother, New Zealand for some guidance? Though I do suspect you have too much indignant pride to accept your failings and embrace any success of others.

    So despite being a long long way away from where I wish you were, I still care about you and will join my friends in supporting you tomorrow. But that doesn’t excuse all the awful things you do…

    One day I hope you get it together. And hopefully it will be well before you become a hateful, alcoholic, thirty something, with a toxic beer belly and a sporadic habit of bashing your Mrs.

    With love,

    Glenn Musto

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    ekb87

    ALDI’s decisions to remove the T-shirts referring to 1788 due to a tiny number of PC fools on Twitter was ludicrous. It offended many Australians including me.

    Australia Day is on 26th January – which of course refers to 26th January, 1788.

    A quarter of century ago, we celebrated the Bicentenary…. which of course commemorated the 200th anniversary of 1788. Gee, it’s almost like that year is important to us for some reason…

    Hell, the 50 cent coins produced in 1988 have the words “Australia 1788 – 1988″ engraved on them.
    http://www.coinbear.com/shop/images/uploads/1988_50_cent_unc.jpg

    Corinne most certainly has proved she is both “achingly daft” and “loves stayin dumb”.

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    Mick

    Why is their so much self loathing about Australia?

    I think it’s just a phase – like tourists from the USA had/have a terrible reputation for being loud and obnoxious. If you’ve met people form the US then you’d know this not to be the case. And the loud ones? They are the same as the brash Australians, rude French, arrogant Arabs, cold Germans, etc. Just stereotypes. Get over yourselves.

    I’m proud of my Australian heritage. And others love having us in their countries. I remember a conversation with a recruiter when I first moved overseas to work/travel. Short of it was – Australians are everyone’s favourite contractors…then kiwis, then south africans then eastern europeans, then British people.

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    Blanik

    It’s an even greater shame that male victims of domestic violence get absolutely no media, or any other attention.

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    Melissa

    In essence your article states that anyone who doesn’t share your opinion is stupid and rather than having thought deeply on the issues and arrived at their decision, they are in fact mindless bogans driven by fear. Issues are not black and white and portraying them as such is the real ‘dumbing down’.

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    JoanneH

    ekb87….26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland).
    The ‘Modern’ Australia as we know it was not ‘Established’ until 1901, and it is hurtful to some Aboriginal people to be told that their ancestors’ Australia didn’t ‘exist’!
    .
    After settlement at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788, the colony was proclaimed by Governor Arthur Phillip as the Colony of New South Wales (NOT ‘Australia’), and comprised much of the Australian mainland and NEW ZEALAND as well.

    On 1st January 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a Federation, marking the birth of MODERN Australia.
    A national day of unity and celebration was looked for. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories had adopted use of the term “Australia Day” to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.

    I am sorry that you are so offended about the removal of the T shirts.

    • Reply January 26, 2014

      ekb87

      JoanneH,
      People can play word games as much as they like, but the modern political entity known as Australia had its genesis in 1788. This is an incontrovertible fact and no amount of PC revisionism will change it.

      You can try and pretend that 1901 is more important and more dramatic, but it simply isn’t. There was no war, no revolution, no revolt against a colonial master. Federation was just a (necessary) re-ordering of administration, and one that was urged on by Britain too (they wanted us to take more responsibility for our defence for a start).

      Psychologically, the Australian people regarded themselves (and their role in the British Empire) much the same the day after Federation, as the day before.

      The mere fact that when we looked for a “national day of unity and celebration” we chose to commeorate 26th January, 1788 merely underlines how wrong you are.

      Your silly attempt to imply that Australia Day is a new thing are banal and ignorant.

      Yes, sure it may not have been “not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories had adopted use of the term Australia Day” – but that doesn’t change the fact that the day had already been celebrated for 100 years previously, but sometimes using other names like “First Landing Day”, “Foundation Day” and “Anniversary Day”.

      And yes, perhaps it was “not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories” simply meant that everyone agreed to have the public holiday on the actual day – whereas previously some places would move the public holiday to the nearest Monday. Gee, big deal…

      Nothing you have written changes the fact that 26th January, 1788 is a day we have commemorated for over 200 years.

      Your comment is a triumph of elevating minor bureaucratic changes of the past to deliberately misrepresent the cultural beliefs and emotional attachments of millions of people.

      And no, copying and pasting from Wikipedia is not a substitute for an actual eduction. Back to school, JoanneH.

      Finally, don’t feel sorry for me – feel sorry for ALDI. They are the ones who will miss out on my trade.

      Or perhaps feel sorry for yourself. You see, once I’ve become convinced of the bad faith and lack of integrity of the PC Progressives, I’ll instinctively oppose everything you want, regardless of whether I have a strong opinion or not.

      For example, mentioning Aborigines in the constitution – I had no decisive opinion. But now, I will oppose it, merely because progressives like you came up with the idea. The mere fact that originated in your movement is a warning sign to me that it should be opposed.

      JoanneH, please don’t be under the misimpression that you can disrespectfully spit in the face of millions of people without their being consequences.

      • Reply January 26, 2014

        Sandy

        Your comment EKB87 is very childish and childlike. That whole I’m going to disagree with everything you agree with nar nar ne nar nar makes you sound about 14, dude.

        • Reply January 26, 2014

          ekb87

          Right back at you, Sandy.

          - Childen are poorly educated and ignorant of history.
          - Children are unable to muster facts to support their arguments.
          - Children think they can lie and get away with it.
          - Children don’t understand the consequences of their actions.
          - Children don’t understand the concept of “credibility”, or that you can ruin it by dishonesty thus undermining other positions you argue for.
          - Children chuck hissy fits and think “nar nar nar nar dude” is an intelligent response.

          It would appear “childish and childlike” is an apt desciption of JoanneH and yourself.

          May I lend you a mirror, “dude”?

          • January 26, 2014

            Sandy

            Thank you for proving my point. JoanneH provided you very accurately and succinctly the history of white Australia and what we call Australia Day. You poo-pooed the facts with your emotive nonsense disregarding the 50,000 years of habitation of Australia before 1788. I’m sure Aldi is real cut up that you won’t be shopping there.

            Then you twaddle on about 3000 boat arrivals per month last year as though you had never heard of the PNG solution. Maybe you haven’t. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. It seems you’re happy to ignore the existence of brown people on this land before the arrival of whitey and terribly afraid of brown people coming from other countries to share this land as we did from 1788.

            You may have bigger worries than asylum seekers invading in the near future though if our current inept buffoon of a leader continues to piss all over Australia’s diplomatic relationship with the massively populated Indonesia.

          • January 26, 2014

            ekb87

            I, in turn, thank you Sandy for proving my point.

            JoanneH didn’t provide an “accurate and succint history” – she copied and pasted two whole paragraphs from a Wikipedia entry (word for word, comma for comma). To childish, ill-informed individuals like yourselves, this counts as “research”. To adults, it is more commonly referred to as “embarrasing ignorance”.

            I didn’t “poo-poo the facts” – I provided the facts. JoanneH grossly distorted history to portray Australia Day as a new invention when in fact the 26th January 1788 has been commemorated for more than 200 years. She misleadingly used bureaucratic trivialities (like the anme of the day being altered with time) to give the impression the celebration was new, and distract from the fact that the 26th Janury, 1788 is of enormous cultural significance and again obscure the 200+ year old history of its commemorations.

            Even more embarassingly, she used the fact that some states chose to have the public holiday on a nearest Monday rather than the actual day up to 1994 as an excuse to obscure the providence of the commemoration.

            Was she being deceptive? Ignorant? Both? Take your pick, Sandy.

            As for ALDI, well they wet their pants because about three people complained on Twitter. Yet you apparently think that the thousands of people who counter-complained via the media are aparently irrelevant. Ah, the narcissism of Progressives! They apparently think their opinions are the only ones that matter. (Which would be amusing and easy to ignore, if they weren’t so arrogant and felt the need to dictate to others how to live, right down to what T-shirts can be sold and bought.)

            With time, businesses like ALDI will learn that “Twits” have the attention span of gnats, and it is far more profitable to pay attention to the wishes of the silenter, calmer majority.
            For starters, we have longer memories.

          • January 26, 2014

            ekb87

            Now Sandy, let’s move on to your next load of “twaddle” (to borrow your phrase).

            Like a child with ADD, you then skip seamlessly to a completely unrelated comment and mix it all in together.

            Apparently, a character called Luc can make silly misleading comments about boat-arrivals, and when those comments are accurately rebutted, you get upset.

            And then you “twaddle” on about the PNG solution without specifically making a point – oh dear oh dear. It’s hilarious how you Progressives “play politics” and lie so much, that you forget how silly you’re argument looks to the rest of us.

            Here’s a tip – claiming that “deterrence doesn’t work” for six years, and then doing a 180-degree U-turn 100 days before an election makes you look like the desperate, fake “tell any lie to win” ruthless mob that you are.

            Hilariously, your mob want to claim to be the “compassionate ones” whilst *simultaneously* wanting to be the “tough ones” to take credit for the success and good ideas of others. You seem to have deluded yourself into thinking you can win left-wing and right-wing votes at the same time.

            Well, as September taught you – People who try to be “all things to all people” end up being considered nothing by everybody.

            But how disgusting that 1000 people had to die while Progressives like you played politics, Sandy. Is there any lie your mob won’t stoop to?

            (I will ignore your silly commments about “brown people” and hysterical scare-mongering about Indonesia.

            Thankfully, for the moment, the adults are now in charge. Time to grow up and accept reality, Sandy.)

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    Julie

    I’m a smart, educated, well travelled individual and I’m fed up… With all sides.
    I’m fed up with the holier than thou extreme greenies who often don’t practice what they preach, the Australia bashers, the refugee haters, the Sydney intellectuals who pretend to understand regional
    Indigenous Australia, the people who want to say Australians are dumb, the people who are pro socialism, the people who are pro small government and no taxes.
    This article however does nothing other than slander everyone who she disagrees with. It’s disgusting.
    Can’t we just move on and start treating everyone with respect – including refugees, your so called dumb Aussies, liberals, labour, the greens. Maybe if we stopped attacking each other we could start actually solving some issues.
    Until then pat yourself on the back… You just spread more hate.. Congrats.

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    Rob Green

    Now u have had ur rant… want to put up solutions for all the issues? Such as how can we help the “boat people” get here in a safer way? I would rather deter them from doing this.

  • […] other article that came to my attention was Corinne Grant’s piece in The Hoopla, pretty much saying the same thing as Sam De Brito. Calling to mind our tendency to want to pacify […]

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    TC

    Corrinne what a load of bunkum. I have seen your efforts on QANDA. Sorry but you are far from impressive. It is quite laughable that you seem to think you are some kind of heavyweight intellectual while the rest of the Australian population are just ignorant dumbassses. Your simplistic view that we should have ‘open borders’ as only a ‘few thousand’ refugees would turn up is both ignorant and dangerous. The arrivals of asylum seeker boats were increasing exponentially as word got out how easy it was to cliam asylum here. The truth is Australia is a very welcoming country and we are one of the few countries in the world who resetlle refugees permanently, and provide them with the resources they need to set themselves up. Sorry that is not good enough for you, but I am proud to be Australian and happy we have a new government that is actually competent and is enacting working border protection policies that work.

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    JoanneH

    Australians had their sovereign territory breached by heavily armed boats full of criminals – 26th January 1788.

    • Reply January 26, 2014

      ekb87

      There was no such political entity as “Australia”, nor any human being who identified themselves as “Australian” before this date.

      JoanneH apparently got her education from snarky internet memes.

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    sue bell

    Take a lesson in satire, TC, Rob Green, Melissa, I Have A Plan etc. etc.

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    Eloise Compton

    Australia is dumb. There has been no future fund with all the mining boom like they have in Norway.

    Our kids leave school and half can’t read or write. They can’t even do everyday mathematics.

    We have a Prime minister running the country (down) and no-one admitted to voting for.

    We have welfare going to millionaires and nothing is means tested.
    Disabled people are now becoming ill because they are worried about losing their pensions.
    It might be alright for the Government to say they can work, yet I know of a person who would get lost trying to find where they are supposed to be working. Let alone function in the work place they would be sent to.
    Would they then have their Pension returned to them . No… They would be placed on the dole and not be able to afford to live.

    • Reply January 26, 2014

      ekb87

      Eloise, plenty of us voted for Abbott. A majority in fact.

      It’s just Progressives are just so obnoxious and rude, most of us tend to ignore you most of the time as you whine and moan on the internet all day long.

      • Reply January 26, 2014

        Ella

        The majority did not vote for Abbott, it was the “swinging voters”, who don’t know who they’re voting for until they’re in the polling booth and that’s why the “Mad Monk” got in.

        • Reply January 26, 2014

          ekb87

          Ella – huh?
          So… the “swinging voters” are not actual voters, and they didn’t vote for him except when “they’re in the polling booth”? Or something like that??

          Methinks you have a poor understanding of parliamentary democracy.

          I am endlessly amused how Progressives act as though their votes count, but everybody else is a moron whose vote is irrelevant.

          Narcissism much?

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    Luc

    The total number of Asylum seekers arriving by boat, by financial year, from 1 July 1975 to 30 June 2012 is…….wait for it, drum roll………36,706. How many boats in that period wait for it, ……..drum roll…..689. That is a FACT.

    So to the idiot Morrison up there who has swallowed complete the fear mongering hateful racist trollop that the Liberal party push out. YOU ARE MISINFORMED. As for the liberal party, they are one of two things stupidly MISINFORMED or LYING.

    Feel free to check the statistics http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/r/stat-as.php

    • Reply January 26, 2014

      ekb87

      Luc, you conveniently forget that by mid-2013 there were up to 3000 boat-arrivals per month – which is an annualised rate of 36000.

      In other words, we were on track to receive more boat-people in a 12 month period they we had cumulatively received in the previous 35+ years combined.

      *That* was the whole problem!

      The steadfast refusal of the mendacious Refugee Council, the ALP, Greens and individuals like yourself to recognize that a crisis was developing is why the Australian people rightly turned against you.

      When you are next ranting about “idiots”, “MISINFORMED (sic)” and “LYING (sic)”, I suggest you glance at a mirror.

  • Reply January 25, 2014

    CL

    Corinne said it!

    I remember listening to my parents talk about the country that they immigrated to – the promise, the warmth of the people, the uniqueness of the landscape and the lifestyle. It was something that they absolutely wanted to be a part of; just two of the many migrants who really believed in Australia and felt welcomed and privileged to be a part of it.

    Today the sheen has worn off our reputation and it’s not right, because there are still a lot of great people out here who are warm, reasonable, decent types and who want their government to steer this country in a sensible and equitable direction.

    But we’ve got a D-grade media (bar our saving graces, the ABC and SBS) who’re just gutting the truth for easy answers, and always playing on the lowest common-denominators of the masses. The quality of programming is just revolting – but that’s not a problem unique to Australia, to be fair.

    Who can blame the international community for being a little incredulous as to what’s going on down here – look who we elected to the top job, and look at the policy decisions that his government is taking. It’s no wonder the ‘lucky country’ is looking a little lost at sea when most of the developed world is steering in another direction. Along with our pals in the US, it must look like the ‘last stand’ of the Wild West right now.

    But I refuse to be sucked into the vortex of thinking that the country is just doomed to a fate of ever less reasoned political decisions, dumbed down media, flaunted wealth and self-obsession. Because every time I step outside, I’ll find people who are just as perturbed by what’s going on as I am and who’re just as keen to put an end to it and get this country back on the right track.

    Corinne, you’re awesome :-) Thanks for bringing a little comedy to this tragedy. Your article really gave me a lift this evening.

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Anne

    As some who is watching her sister go through the legal channels to get her partner of 5 years to Australia so they can get married. I have no pity for Asylum Seekers. They get to south east Asia and they are safe. You are only an Asylum Seeker until you are on a safe country, then you are an illegal immigrant. My sister has been told it will take another 3 years to process, and her partner is from a very unstable country in Africa. But sorry to process him he had to go from england back to Africa before he can come her. This June it will be 2 years waiting for a VISA through Legal cannels, but its okay anyone in a leaky boat should be just allowed to enter as they please, oh an we will pay them more then we pay our own pensioners, Seriously we spend billions of dollars on these people who are not even residents of our country but are having trouble keeping rural hospitals open.

    Also with detention centers, well we have to be able to background check people before they come here otherwise we just end up like America where they are so constantly terrified of a terrorist attack the have police running raandom check points all over the country. And just because people in these places are give basic rights nothing more which is more then they have were they are apparently coming from. Also there aee other safer cheaper more legal means of seeking asylum. There should be more focus on world wide education of these paths.

  • […] has been covered with graffiti referring to Invasion Day. Additionally, a provocative piece on The Hoopla by comedian Corinne Grant has roused debate over the current state and future direction of […]

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    JoanneH

    To Corinne’s critics – Happy Ozzie Day, Oi, Oi, Oi.

    I hope you will join with me congratulating Adam Goodes on becoming Australian of the year.

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Annem

    Reading the racist rants on social media in response to the announcement of our new Australian of the Year I think we have a long way to go!

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    jillm

    Drove to the park this morning. A middle-aged women hurried along the footpath carrying a small Australian flag. At the park woman supervised her three young sons riding their bikes. “Happy Australia Day!” she called to me. How did all this nationalism get here???

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Greg

    Nice article, but I think it’s slightly flawed in that if you consider the LNP’s pre election promises, what they are doing now is exactly what they said they would do. People voted for them anyway, so perhaps this is what the alleged majority want.

    (Although one might argue that the LNP’s “majority” actually came from a swing to the minor parties through our 2 party preferred system “)

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Russ Clapham

    This is a terrible piece of opinion in my view.

    - T-shirts: who cares? Does it matter? Does it mean we have lowering IQs, emotional intelligence or social contribution?
    - Renaming king hits as coward punches: a good thing. I can’t believe you’re implying it’s of no value;
    - Australia in front of the international court: fair enough, but wouldn’t it be better to focus on that without your lame hyperbole-based whinging about Strayans clicking articles on pubic hair?
    - People with disabilities working/not working: there’s merit in the debate and it’s disappointing that you’ve hit back with a strawman tactic to score cheap points.
    - Tony Abbott saying goodies and baddies. Seriously is that all you’ve got? I’m embarrassed for you. Your refutation to his comment about laying down arms makes no sense. You’ve really misunderstood his comments. FTR, I am not an Abbott supporter.

    Corinne, grow up. Your article comes across as an attempt to win likes from the cynical, hysterical few within society that you somehow belueve extends to the majority. You’ve made a hypocrite out of yourself and frankly, you can do better.

    Also, some tangible facts might help back up your arguments next time.

    Bogan.

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Chris R

    I am in love with Corinne.

    I wrote a hell of a lot more , but CG does it a hell of a lot better than me.

    Have a nice day everyone!
    (This includes everyone of every colour, race, height, sex, status, caste and shoe size. (Except Rupert M I am at war with him)

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    douglas whiley

    It has been years since I’ve been outraged enough to take direct action but I will be marching in march and hope to see many of you there.
    p.s. I love you Corinne.

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Linda Robinson

    My Australia Day wish is simple: if you can’t voice your opinion without getting nasty, don’t bother.. Everyone is entitled to their opinion- you don’t have to agree/disagree. When did we all get so nasty?

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Ella

    Dear Corrine, thank you for providing not only a voice of reason but a good dose of humor.

    Please tell us when we can vote for you.

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    sue bell

    I think, if people are going to carry/wave/wear an Australian flag, they should be able to name the stars on it and be able to explain the make up of the Union Jack. Then maybe they’d stop the grotesque display of blind patriotism.

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Sandy

    EKB87 dude, calm down and pour yourself a Pims and lemonade, or whatever it is you right wing stupid t-shit making entrepreneurs drink these days. Life is too short to respond to your entire load of um Opinion, so in the spirit of Billy Joel I shall respond as follows:-

    Greg Hunt. Climate Change. Wikipedia. “Australia” officially coined in 1806. Aboriginal protest. Freedom Ride. You’re a knob. You’re a knob. Celebrated only by the elite for a hundred years.

    Aldi Aldi probably loved the advertising. Don’t give a tinkers cuss if you are there buying.

    “Ah, the narcissism of Progressives!” oxymoron oxymoron oxymoron oxymoron oxymoron oxymoron still doesn’t get it. Something something something about the silenter calmer majority who has so far written 1000 paragraphs of boring.

    Need we go on? Cheers dudebro.

    • Reply January 26, 2014

      ekb87

      And there we have it, folks, the intellect of the Progressive Left in full flight.

      Sans facts, sans comprehension, sans reality – but plenty of non-sequiturs and weak ad hominem.

      The best you can do is squeal “boring”. Oh dear, that’s how I feel when Left-wing control freaks crap their nappies over… t-shirts!

      Perhaps they should “calm down and have a PIMs” as you so quaintly suggest.

      What is with the Left and trying to dictate how everybody else lives?

      • Reply January 26, 2014

        Wendy Harmer

        Well, I haven’t interrupted this conversation thus far, but you? Whoever you are. You take the prize.”Nappies,freaks,crap,squeal”?
        What is it with you and your ilk?
        Those who cannot put their name to their beliefs?
        What is it with the Right (your sad, reductive, black and white view of the world) that, as you so “quaintly” put it, finds every contrary view to be “boring”?
        Corinne has the integrity to stand by her convctions – unlike you, who chooses a number plate to opinionate and denigrate.
        And guess what… just because you use big words like “non-sequiturs” and “weak ad hominem”?
        Doesn’t make you any less of an arse.
        You are sans courage.
        Oh dear!
        Hear that? It’s the sound of your shabby, threadbare opinion swinging in the breeze.
        Boring.

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Andrea

    Nothing will happen until we all stand up and say “Enough, we’re not going to take it anymore”. Governments can only get away with this shit because we let them get away with it

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Sal

    Love your work Corinne. Spot on as usual.

    LOL at the comments which pretty much prove Corinne’s point.

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Andy

    Well I agreed with some of what you wrote, however while you complain that the issues are being dumbed down, you’ve dumbed them down even further. You could have used some of this exposure to educate some of these issues, but all you have done is proof-text the headlines and include non-intelligent information as evidence to anti non-intelligent information. Also anybody reading this can straight away tell your political motives, which doesn’t bother me, but it makes this article loose a great deal of credibility due to political bias.

    I do agree with a lot of the material that you have written, but you’ve presented it in an emotional way, not an informative way, resulting in an article that appears to be based on the dumb and dumber approach instead of education and information.

    How about you use your exposure to express a balanced and informed perspective so people here can understand, enquire and debate factual information.

    A lot of what I’ve read in these comments is based on political propaganda rather than facts, and its sad that people making these comments (and getting fired up by them) don’t realise that what they are saying is not even close to the truth. Mind you, when you look at program that should inform people (such as current affairs programs) spouting out nothing but paid advertisements, bias information and personal views during their shows, its no wonder that people believe that their decisions about political matters are informative based.

    How about we provide the truth, actual facts and statistics in a non-biased way so people can make an informed choice on the relevant issues that impact us Aussies.

    Just my thoughts. Feel free to agree or disagree if you wish to. :)

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Rhoda

    Just read it, Corinne and can’t stop laughing ! Thank goodness for some humour.

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  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Hypocrite much??

    Corinne really proves she is just a hypocrite talking about Asylum seekers and so do most of you, you are going to March in March are you? Yeah we’ll that’s the easy left wing Labor way out as all of you contribute to slavery through the every day items you buy on a regular basis, oh wait that’s toooooo difficult you don’t want to know that you just want to feel good about yourselves and give yourself a pat on the back for what you are fed, you don’t want to know about the real problem and that you regurarly contribute to the problem, what a bunch of hypocrites, ever eaten chocolate? Used technology? Put Christmas decorations on your Christmas tree? And the list goes on, you are all contributing to people having to flee their countries in the beginning, do you realise human trafficking is used for so much more than people getting to a better country and a lot of these people are then used as slaves in Western countries,again bunch of hypocrites,maybe you could educate yourselves and see where issues originate, with your beautiful lifestyle that you live this may be too hard and too much to ask, if you do some research you will see the US and a lot of the rich people you say the Liberals support are actually currently doing something including mining magnate Twiggy Forest, maybe you could really do something positive and stop being sheep following each other and start a campaign against these issues instead of your mindless March in March garbage, again YOU and even MYSELF contribute to the problem but we don’t want to know about this, this would make us feel bad about ourselves when we can turn our backs to the actual issue and just blame Tony, there’s plenty on the web about this if you really want to change the world and even an online course for people that are serious http://www.stopslavery2014.com/ Want to try to stop the problems at the beginning or try to patch then up at the other end, Corinne is just an uneducated fool who uses her media exposure to gather more sheep, wake up you Hypocrites, oh and happy Australia Day from a dumb twit as Corinne would put it, if I ever see this so called comedian on TV again I will be changing the channel.

  • Reply January 26, 2014

    Hypocrite much??

    Oh and I forgot to add, my comment above if it gets past the moderator won’t solve all problems such as people fleeing war etc, but it would be a good start, or you could just go on being a hypocrite and March in March and live your lovely Western lifestyle with your head in the sand, a new breed of ostrich sheep…..

    • Reply January 27, 2014

      JoanneH

      Hypocrite much – in my opinion, a cause as serious and worthy as ‘Stopping Slavery’ would gain more attention here, and be better served if it did not include nasty insults directed towards Corinne plus the snide remarks about left wing Labor.

  • Reply January 27, 2014

    Andrew Moses

    I’m hysterically outraged that something this intelligent, accurate and pertinent could enter the public domain on Straya Day.
    It almost made me choke on my tenth beer to think that Corinne should dare to lampoon a Government that asks us to fear the powerless.
    And why should Tone use a World Economic Summit to talk Economics? They already know that stuff, which is why its heaps better he told em how bad the Labor Party is; just in case any of em had been inclined to believe informed assessments of Labors GFC response. Nah, he set em straight there…
    Do I need to continue?

  • Reply January 27, 2014

    JoanneH

    Poor ekb87 …you can blather and insult until you are blue in the face, but you can’t hide the fact that you are desperately trying to cover up for an inadequate PM, and an unprogressive Government.

  • Reply January 27, 2014

    John O

    It’s good that Corinne’s satire pulls the politicians down a peg or two – especially when they make ludicrous statements. But she only goes for the Liberal politicians – how about Bill Shorten telling the workers at Holden that they are not overpaid (check out some of the literature on this). Corinne sometimes doesn’t let the facts get in the way of a good story – it’s hard to tell at times whether she knows what she is talking about or it’s just her opinion. Corinne, give all the politicians a fair go – being one-sided is just not Australian.

  • Reply January 27, 2014

    Hypocrite much??

    Point taken JoanneH, wouldn’t it be great if we could all put our political bias aside, rise above the picky insults and actually unite to fight such a serious cause as you so well described it, I think then we could make some ground on such an issue, the governments of both sides need to put such a topic high on their agenda, educate people about this and make a long standing commitment to fight to end slavery which is well and truly thriving as we speak, the world will never be perfect but surely big improvements can be made and I think this is a very important place to start……

  • Reply January 27, 2014

    Peter

    Hypocrite much?? – Please explain, in detail, exactly what Twiggy Forest is doing which is preventing slavery.

    Nice rant and all, but one example of whatever it is you are on about will help immensely.

  • Reply January 27, 2014

    Hypocrite much??

    I’m not going to explain in detail Peter I think there are already enough book like rant responses on here like my previous one and I’m sure you can use google or another search engine to research, you can read for yourself, here’s a link to begin with, I’ll come back with a few more shortly http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2012/09/philanthropist-‘twiggy-forrest-pushes-anti-slavery-campaign#

  • Reply January 27, 2014

    Annem

    ekb87, I’m sorry you were prevented from buying your chosen Australia Day tshirt. However I’m sure you were able to find hundreds more equally as tacky made by slave labour in Bangladesh, all in bad taste and all showing no respect for our flag.
    I hope you wore it with pride!

  • Reply January 27, 2014

    Hypocrite much??

    Also Peter the walk free organisation was started by Twiggy Forrest and his wife after their daughter worked with slaves in Nepal, http://www.walkfreefoundation.org/our-people.html

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-23/andrew-forrest-announces-plan-to-free-25m-slaves/5215032

    This next link not related to Twiggy that I know of but I was recently surprised to see my family have indirectly employed 78 slaves to live our beautiful little Western lifestyle http://slaveryfootprint.org/

    The U.S. government seem to be the only government currently trying to raise awareness http://blog.sl.nsw.gov.au/hsc_legal_studies/index.cfm/2014/1/21/national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevention-month-2014

    There’s a few detailed examples for you Peter and there is a mountain of info on the net, just a shame most people won’t want know about this or will just disappear from this discussion now that they realise they are a part of the problem when it comes to people wanting to flee their country of birth, ignorance is bliss…..

  • Reply January 27, 2014

    ro.watson

    About being struck by dumbness~ that peculiar inability to speak, often associated with deafness~ think that Helen Keller moment when she has WATER dripped on the palm of her hand plus sign language. Apparently, our ABC is not permitted to report on up and coming demonstrations~ like that against the planned shark cull off Cottesloe, W.A~ though it is O.K for our ABC to report ” the event” of a demonstration, post facto. Huh? Reminds me of the lobbying which took place to get the Royal Commission into Black Deaths In Custody, in the mid/late 80s, Stolen Generations, Institutional Sexual Abuse.
    All seen but not heard. How are such strictures evidence of “balanced reporting”?

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  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Candy

    Your so negative Corinne! I’ll tell you who is dumb- those idiots who vandalised the Captain Cook’s Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens. That is an absolute disgrace!
    Stop trying to drag Australia down. You’re in a very small minority.

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Hobbit60

    “The proof of the pudding is in the eating” – The comments made by those disagreeing with the article above are all of the proof of its main points that we need.

    This is the problem with public discourse. Most people are not logicians, and thus fall easily for standard rhetorical tricks. Corinne’s article is well-argued. So, that being the case, those who would wish to discredit it do so by either erecting straw men or deliberately misrepresenting what was written. Both are standard rhetorical tricks.

    If you want to see a “master” of these tactics at work – look no further than Andrew Bolt.

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    James

    Classic left wing mind set of thinking anyone who has a different opinion to them is ‘dumb’ and only they are enlightened. Only a fool thinks they know everything, Corine you are a fool.

    Billions of of dollars wasted and thousands of refugees dead in the sea thanks to the previous government your silence is deafening, yet if Tony Abbott makes (what you interpret) a bad speech and you bay like wolfs hungry for blood. what a joke.

  • Reply January 29, 2014

    Daveysteve

    About right, I’d say

  • Reply January 29, 2014

    Peter

    Thans Corinne. That piece is spot on, albeit depressing. I’ve emigrated away from the land of my birth now – although it feels more like it leaving me than vice versa.

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  • Reply January 30, 2014

    Paul

    I’d like to think that everybody complaining about Abbott on this forum actually got involved during the last election. Otherwise your anger is for nothing but vanity.

    Either get involved or don’t complain.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    justme

    Move to China….. You belong there!

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  • Reply March 23, 2014

    Dirk

    That comment on the video from the Daily Telegraph reporter, ‘because of our tireless campaigning to the state minister etc’ is exactly the problem highlighted, mainstream news should report not campaign. What a joke. I want to punch him in the face.

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