There have been Australia Days more loaded with fear and foreboding than yesterday’s (in 1942, for example), but not many. Richard Flanagan’s jeremiad in the New York Times might be overstated, but it’s a lot closer to the mark than our appalling Prime Minister’s suggestion that we should take the time to celebrate our greatness as a nation.
2 thoughts on “Australia Day”
Further to that, here’s Flanagan’s Jan25 NYT piece mentioned by Smith9 elsewhere today.
How Does a Nation Adapt to Its Own Murder?
Australia is going up in flames, and its government calls for resilience while planning for more coal mines.
…”our appalling Prime Minister’s suggestion that we should take the time to celebrate our greatness as a nation.”…
“We’re awarding the Order of Australia to the wrong people
…”We reward most the already rewarded
“Meanwhile, those who succeed in some achievement principally in and for their community usually qualify for the lowest award, if that; the Medal of the Order (OAM). And usually only if they’ve become conspicuous.
“The level of gratitude among recipients seems to follow an equal and opposite arc. Those at the bottom seem the most thrilled for being recognised the least.”…