Most Australians would agree with Briggs when he states that change does not come from being comfortable. However, most Australian would also agree that forced changes are only to be implemented for the better otherwise the change is nothing more than a downgrade.
The current Australian infrastructures and systems in place have been designed predominantly by the English. For several decades our infrastructures have been heavily neglected and our systems have been steered into socialism. Regardless, they are still managing to hold Australia together, allowing it to function as a first world nation – a testament to the strength and resilience of the English social and economic architectures.
For several past decades, the Aboriginal peoples have been given support from Australia financially, culturally and territorially. You have been given ample opportunity to implement your own systems and infrastructures. However, your communities have, for the most part, only spiralled downwards and backwards. The towns where aborigines are concentrated have much higher criminal, paedophilia, rape, incest, drug and alcohol abuse, incarceration, suicide, murder and unemployment rates than the national averages. But instead of owning and addressing these issues, seeking help and advice to try to come up with solutions, you demand more money and assets whilst shifting the blame on to white Australians, using political correctness as a shield to censor statistics and counter-arguments. We are now at the point where you are no longer satisfied in having the freedom of showcasing your own flag or the freedom of creating your own anthem, you also desecrate and demand the removal of our symbols, our anthem and our heritage. You use reparation to conceal an agenda of vendetta.
I do not deny that in the past there were instances where Aborigines were treated in an inhumane manner, the removal of Aborigine children from their parents being the prime example, but I cannot help wonder as to why this was implemented. Perhaps they, too, saw atrocities committed against the Aborigine youths at the hands of their own parents, as we see it today. Perhaps they, too, witnessed abnormally high levels criminality, paedophilia, rape, incest, murder, suicide and alcohol abuse within the Aborigine communities. Perhaps the urgency of the matter led them to act in haste without considering the long term repercussions. I think further historically investigation is warranted.
Before you point your finger and screech racism, I’ll remind you that Hong Kong was also under British administration at the time, yet the British did not opt to confiscate children from the Hong Kong-Chinese. I’ll also remind you that Hong Kong is now in the hands of their own kind, yet it is being oppressed by greedy, corrupt rulers. What guarantee can you give to non-Aborigine Australians that your leaders/representatives will not sell out their people, if one of your very own has selfishly contracted out the Aborigine flag for his personal gain? What guarantee do you have that others of your own won’t contract your lands and resources for their personal gain? The treasonous behaviour of a few could place the whole of Australia in peril, geopolitically and economically, not just the Aborigines.
And have you ever considered that if England had not conquered Australia it is very likely that today Aborigines would be living as inferiors in a Sharia province of Indonesia, with no say and certainly no financial benefits? Need only look at Western New Guinea and Nepal to understand Oriental colonialisation.
Briggs, 35 years is indeed a substantial time for a young nation such as Australia, so unless you come up with a melodious, multi-layered complex symphony of the likes of Alexander Alexandrov’s Russian Anthem, then we’re not changing anything. Let’s face it, your music sucks, it relies on rhythm rather than melody, lacking the necessary complex layering to handle an anthem. Besides, with the current global political climate, it would extremely unwise to change anything in the Australian constitution, the flag or the anthem.
We’re not changing the Australian anthem. Deal with it.
Annabelle @ The Art of Flag-waving