Weekend reflections

After a long break,it’s time for another weekend reflections, which makes space for longer than usual comments on any topic. Side discussions to sandpits, please.

34 thoughts on “Weekend reflections

  1. I just saw some coverage of Richard Flanagan receiving the PM’s Literary Award on ABC24.

    In his remarks, Flanagan begins as follows:

    [MY grandparents were illiterate. My books now are read all over the world, for better or worse. The only difference between me and them is two generations of free state education … ]

    In the middle of an Abbott-regime taxpayer-funded propaganda blitz on deregulating tertiary education and raising HECS repayment rates that’s where ABC24 cut the quote.

    I don’t know what Flanagan said next. I haven’t found a transcript but I went searching for similar remarks by him and found this at the Blot blog published in May this year:

    MY grandparents were illiterate. My books now are read all over the world, for better or worse. The only difference between me and them is two generations of free state education and a university education … Would I go to university now when it is being turned into a complete user-pays system … Would my books have ever have happened? Probably not. This is the sort of cost that we’re going to pay.

    I’d like to know what Flanagan said that ABC24 chose to edit out.

  2. I like this quote, Fran:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-09/richard-flanagan-wins-pm27s-literary-award3b-gives-away-prize/5953222

    This time, as that same PM passed him his award, he said it would all be going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

    “The lesson that my father took from the POW camps was that the measure of any civilised society was its willingness to look after its weakest.

    Money is like shit, my father used to say. Pile it up and it stinks. Spread it around and you can grow things,” he said.

  3. @Fran Barlow I did read the speech somewhere else, can’t remember where, but the redacted bit was minor and inconsequential.

    Richard Flangan writes and speaks well and I doubt he would dump on the PM. You have to read between the lines, he did have a sly dig at him re austerity.

  4. Actually, Wmmbb, it has occured to me that a country that is able to forget very basic things such as torture is evil would probably also find it very easy to forget exactly whose gold is whose.

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