Happy Australia Day

It is common for today’s woke folk to gnash their teeth about Australia Day and propose changing it to another day and to call 26 January ‘invasion day’, a day of shame when the Aboriginal people were dispossessed.

Yet there is reason to celebrate both aspects of Australia’s history. The colonisation of Australia by the British brought the enlightenment to Australia and its numerous benefits. While many people did not live up to the principles and values of the enlightenment, and there are documented cases of abuses.

But it was unlikely to have been rosy pre 1770/1778. There is no documentary evidence of life pre-colonisation except for archaeological evidence. There were perhaps 500,000 humans living in Australia before 1788. They had lived many generations in a harsh continent passing on wisdom through an oral tradition.

It is true that some people suffered as a result of colonisation, directly and indirectly. Yet we do not know the counterfactual – what would life have been in an alternative timeline?

But the coming of enlightenment civilisation has been overwhelmingly a great achievement for Australia that should be celebrated. We have built a fantastic country populated by around 26 million enjoying living standards the envy of much of the world. If there had never been settlement (a highly unlikely outcome), the population would be less than one million. The gift of the enlightenment has brought high living standards to millions more. That is to be celebrated even though there remain Aboriginal communities in remote Australia which live in shocking poverty.

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20 Responses to Happy Australia Day

  1. The “Indigenous people” never managed to invent the wheel and it cost them.

    “Invention Day.”

  2. Mark M

    In the local burrito shop the other day, and the conversation with the young person was about age.

    I mentioned how lucky we are to live a long healthy life nowadays, compared to only just 200+ years ago, when Mathew Flinders lived to an old age of that day (Born: 16 March 1774, Donington, United Kingdom
    Died: 19 July 1814 London, United Kingdom)

    https://australianmuseum.net.au/about/history/exhibitions/trailblazers/matthew-flinders/?gclid=CjwKCAiA66_xBRBhEiwAhrMuLUKbXK_peExODq9UpEAeZ6ecF9dsCh2XxyQC_VmUpWIZX3ElnB4AwxoCSekQAvD_BwE

    The response was a blank look, and, “I have no idea who you are talking about.”

    Shame on the education system.

  3. Craig Sargent

    The counterfactual is fairly easy… Australia would have been colonised by another of the nations, all of which had far worse colonial records….

  4. Up The Workers!

    To all decent Australians both old and new, Happy Australia Day.

    To the perennial Sad Sack whingeing, whining, moaning, groaning, grizzling, grumbling, griping Greenies and their dull-wattage acolytes in the A.L.P., I say happy Centrelinker-Ingrates and Racist anti-Australian Day.

    May you soon immigrate back to whatever country you feel more cheerfully unhappy and disgruntled in.

  5. min

    Because , from our foundation by those who brought the enlightenment , we were free from slavery, according to David Kemp in his book on Australian history The Land of Dreams, this made us the first democracy. So what would have happened if another country had been the first to arrive here ?
    Thomas Sowell , when writing about discrimination and disparity, comments that isolation from others limits the development of cognitive ability. He claims this resulted in the original people here did not have the advantage of new ideas so that they for 60 thousand years survived but without advancing as other races did . No wheel , no pottery, no domesticated animals ,apart from dogs, and no matter what Bruce Pascoe believes , no permanent homes.
    So where are we now? Democracy is being undermined , slavery introduced with people being brought here and made to work whilst passports withheld and we are fast becoming un enlightened by our current education system

  6. struth

    Still living in extreme poverty?
    FMD.
    Luscious, will you please do some research.
    Oh to be so poor.

  7. flyingduk

    Nice to see the Australian of the Year Committee has managed to avoid immediately lurching back to selecting the usual SJW recipients, with the selection of the SA eye doc Muecke as AOTY this year. I note, however, he has immediately suggested a ‘tax on sugar’ to reduce diabetic eye disease. If taxes work, why not just tax diabetics directly? That way they can pay for their own health care, and those of use who are not affected can be left alone. If we regard taxing diabetics to pay for their own illness as ‘unfair’, how could it be fair to tax non diabetics for it?

  8. duncanm

    Bettina Arndt gets an AM for services to gender equality.

    There is a glimmer of hope — maybe the yarts awards can be similarly turned?

    Happy Australia Day you pack of c*nts.

  9. Gowest

    Back in the day when most Australians worked for a living. Australia day was all about “look how far we have come in this hostile land and lets look forward to making a better life for our children”.
    The children made the country wealthy, self sufficient and created a better life. Now most Australians are leaners with a larger voice than those creating the wealth. Indeed they foolishly celebrate destruction. Australia day is now a time for reflection and a time to work out strategies to keep your health and wealth in the face of increasing mediocrity.

  10. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Tim Minchin

    Perth-raised musician, writer, composer, actor and comedian Tim Minchin is freshest in the memory for Upright, the TV series he co-wrote and starred in that spanned Australia and tugged the heartstrings, as well as his 2019 BACK tour which won rave reviews and a Helpmann Award.

    He is an internationally recognised artist, most notably through his massively successful and loved musical Matilda, running in London for almost a decade.

    Behind the irrepressible talent lies intellect, empathy and a passionate love for his home country. His song White Wine In The Sun is the 21st century sequel to I Still Call Australia Home. His progressive, rational, humanist ideals are expressed through his work and public appearances. His last Australian tour generated almost $500,000 for charity.

    Minchin said he feels “reinvigorated to do my part in making sure the arts continue to be valued in our country”.
    “When public discourse is depressingly bubble-based and binary, it is perhaps more important than ever to keep creating; to keep telling stories that open our eyes to other worlds and other points of view.”
    He adds “it would be nice if in the future these awards were handed out on a different day.”

  11. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The counterfactual is fairly easy… Australia would have been colonised by another of the nations, all of which had far worse colonial records….

    After four hundred years of Portuguese colonial rule of Angola and Mozambique, over 90% of Africans were still illiterate, and lacking the most basic of services.

  12. H B Bear

    Happy Australia Day Throw another copy of Dark Emu in the barbie and turn off the ALPBC.

  13. duncanm

    Australia would have been colonised by another of the nations, all of which had far worse colonial records….

    Very hard to argue against this. The English really were miles ahead of their peers.

    Spanish, Belgian, French, German. Any power from Asia.

    You could argue the Dutch were more benign, they were focussed on trade, not empires.

  14. Angus Black

    …though there remain Aboriginal communities in remote Australia which live in shocking poverty.

    This is, of course, true. But it is also the case that these communities have enormous riches, donated by the remaining Australian Community, spent on them each year. And when I say “spent” I mean wasted by evil virtue-signalling leftist posturers.

    Any shame Australia feels in this regard, should be felt primarily those who are abusing their own people, secondarily by those who enable (nay, enforce) this abuse and only thirdly by those who have been unable to fight the abusers.

    There is no punishment adequate for the self-congratulatory Left.

    Happy Australia Day to all who love and take pride in the Australian Nation

  15. old bloke

    Craig Sargent
    #3302510, posted on January 26, 2020 at 7:26 am

    The counterfactual is fairly easy… Australia would have been colonised by another of the nations, all of which had far worse colonial records….

    Most likely true. The French explorer, La Perouse, arrived in Botany Bay a few days after Phillip and the French built a stockade for protection while they carried out some boat repairs. Phillip sent a messenger from Sydney Cove to Botany Bay to enquire how the French were progressing, and he reported back that the French were shooting the natives “for sport.”

  16. Peter O'Brien

    If that’s what they want I’d be just as happy to celebrate it as Invasion Day.

  17. Old Lefty

    Lost count of the number of leftist sermons on the ABC this morning.

  18. John A

    H B Bear #3302601, posted on January 26, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Happy Australia Day Throw another copy of Dark Emu in the barbie and turn off the ALPBC.

    Or in an alternative Australia:
    Happy Australia Day: Throw the ALPBC in the barbie and light up with another copy of Dark Emu.

  19. BorisG,

    The counterfactual is fairly easy… Australia would have been colonised by another of the nations, all of which had far worse colonial records….

    Cold comfort.

  20. Mark A

    BorisG,
    #3303442, posted on January 27, 2020 at 2:50 am

    The counterfactual is fairly easy… Australia would have been colonised by another of the nations, all of which had far worse colonial records….

    Cold comfort.

    Your preference?
    This place had been visited many times before 1788 by more advanced civilisation and the natives took no heed, carried on regardless with their primitive customs.

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