September 28, 2006

Mark Latham has written a book. And the former leader of the Australian Labour party doesn’t like metrosexuals. He cries because the macho’s are dissapearing in Australia.

I quote: “Australian mates and good blokes have been replaced by nervous wrecks, metrosexual knobs and toss bags. Instead of calling a spade a spade, our national conversation is now dominated by weasel words and the pretence of politeness”.

I don’t really understand what all the fuss is about.


National identity

September 16, 2006

I’d better start studying 🙂 Australian prime minister John Howard has said that immigrants should know the Australian values.

“You will certainly need to know a good deal more about Australia, Australian customs and the Australian way of life. The issues that will be raised will be the history of the country, the values of the country.”

This is vague, and is somewhat dangerous for a country which has a ‘White Australia Policy‘. A national identity seems to be more important than cultural diversity.

Samantha Harris

September 9, 2006

This weblog is not only about aborigines. But I have to show this picture of an aboriginal model: Samantha Harris.

The Bulletin: ‘Dream time’

Aborinigal PR

September 8, 2006

The Australian newsletter Crikey has published some interesting articles about aborigines and its PR-strategy. Crikey asks some experts if the aboriginal people would be better off if they invested in better PR. Reconcilliation Australia or other aborigines-experts answer the ideas. It’s interesting stuff, but unfortunately I don’t have enough time to read them thouroughly. If you have time, read it!

I like the suggestion of Bronwyn Morgan: “Change Australian history curriculum throughout the education system to position white settlement in 1788 as one point in the 60,000 year history of people living in Australia, rather than the starting point of Australian history”. He’s so right about this.

Noel Turnbull says that a PR-campaign is too little, too late. To tackle the problem, Australia should go deeper than PR and change it way how it looks to aborigines culture and the Westernized country. Kirstie Parker, on the other hand, is not opposed to a better PR.

“It is not us that need a makeover but our image so, as long as we get to call the shots, there’s no real reason to be threatened by or frightened by the idea. I’d call it “bush cunning” to use all available resources”, she writes.

And then there is that New Zealand perspective on the topic. He says people have to live with each other. He met some Australians and chatted about aborigines, but none of them has met one.

The last hyperlink is a text written by Jackie Huggins (Reconciliation Australia) in The Australian.

Crocodile tears

September 6, 2006

Jack Marx of the Sydney Morning Herald doesn’t understand why the dead of Steve Irwin gets so much attention in the Australian press, and why some newspapers see him as a hero while he was slashed two years ago. It gets not only a lot of attention, but some media really go hysterical. Marx has written a great column about it:

“But what winds me up about celebrity death these days is the manner in which the frauds in the media fair blow their loads in the “outpouring of grief” that has became standard issue since Diana’s sick and prolonged exit. Footage runs in slow motion as pianos tinkle, while every columnist with the imagination of a duck jumps up for their own gooey turn at the pulpit in a free-to-air funeral service that never ends.”

Crocodile Hunter

September 4, 2006

Television star Steve Irwin died while diving in far north Queensland. He was stung by a stingray. Irwin was 44 year old. A documentary producer working with Irwin said at ABC that the star died doing what he loved best.

Irwin was known for his television programm ‘Crocodile Hunter’. He was a passionate conservationist and an important icon for the Australian tourism industry.

Prime minister John Howard appreciated the work Irwin was doing: “He was the genuine article, what you saw was what you got, he took risks, he enjoyed life, but he brought immense joy to millions of people, particularly to children, and it’s just such a terrible loss and I feel very distressed and I’m quite upset.”

Belgian workers have found the bodies of four Australian soldiers in Zonnebeke, western Flanders. The remains were brought to the Tyne Cot Cemetry in Passendale. On that cemetry are different unknown Australian soldiers burried. The kwartet died in 1917. With the help of th colour of the boots and a found badge, archeologist assume the four soldiers are Australian. It will be very difficult to recover the identity of the soldiers.