By Mary W Maxwell
Whoopie for Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott. He has just figured out that no matter what legislation Canberra undertakes in the next 12 months, there will be a legalization of same-sex marriage come August 2016. Howzat? There will be a plebiscite, he said, and “polls consistently show that 70% of Aussies say yes to same sex marriage.”
Well, the first thing one might notice from that, is that Parliament at the moment is not reflecting the wishes of the people. If 70 percent of the people want the Legislature to do such-and-such, why do we have members of the two chambers sitting there voting the other way? (Or, in the case of Abbott, “not letting his party hold a vote”) How is that possible?
Let’s hark back to March 2003. I distinctly recall that 100,000 members of Adelaide’s population, including myself, hoofed it down to the corner of North Terrace and King William Street, to say “No” to a proposed invasion of Iraq. Believe me, Adelaideans just do not do that. We are not marchers, rally-ers, or even signers of petitions. Good old quiet Adelaide. Yet enough folks were sufficiently adamant “Do not send Australian Defense Forces to Iraq” that we turned out as one giant throng.
A few days later, on March 18, 203, when it was time for South Australia’s well-paid reps to say Yea or Nay, they failed to reflect the state’s huge Nay. They smiled and said Yea. (Same for the other 5 states.) Wow. That issue, even more than the Iraq-war issue, should have made us wake up immediately to what is going on in Parliament. Namely, parliamentarians of both parties are answering to a global god, not to the Australian citizenry.
Let’s look at the matter differently: if the majority of the population wants same-sex marriage to be given the same legal status as opposite-sex marriage, or wants us not to invade Iraq, how can we make that happen, if the pollies in Canberra are standing in the way of our wishes. Is that a fascinating question or what?
Pretend that someone phones you now and says “Tomorrow you will be given a chance to go on mainstream television and make a solemn request for three actions by government.” (Nothing pie-in the-sky, like asking for a gold chicken in every pot). What would you ask for? Please name things that are already favored by a majority of citizens.
Allow me to list three that come to mind, but I don’t mean these are special. They’re just three that seem important to me.
First, arrest right now any prison guards or other persons who appear to have been responsible for the most recent hundred deaths in custody of Aboriginal men in Oz. (Hello, I hope that shocked you – you didn’t know we had that many deaths, eh? Well, we did.)
Second, Put an immediate halt on fracking, until we can better learn what it is all about. Some people are saying it is extremely dangerous. Therefore we should do what the parents of any family would do before letting their kid try something new and hazardous – find out more and then make an informed judgment. (Fracking has to do with a new technology of mining).
Third, put an immediate halt on the immigration process of any persons who have not already earned enough points to get permanent residence here. As far as I can estimate, there are already tons of Chinese students who qualify to get PR. I assume Canberra has made a secret deal with China to accept innumerable immigrants, and that the awarding of immigration points for completion of a university degree is the main method of achieving this. (Overseas students who come here to attend a private high school also win points for PR. Imagine 13-year-olds being pulled away from their Mom and Dad for that goal!)
Do We Want a Chinese Australia?
Humans are a social species and always live in tribes. If you look at comparative maps of Europe over the last thousand years you will see demographic changes that accounted for the formation of today’s nation-states. No one appears to have directed this from above. Births happen. Families migrate. There are conquests. Etc.
Until 1914 there was no such thing as a passport. If you wanted to move to another country you simply moved there. The 20th century brought greater controls on individuals. It also saw deliberate government-sponsored migrations. (E.g., Italians and Greeks got a 10-pound boat ticket to come here in the 1950s.) The 20th century saw the ever-increasing power of hidden global rulers to decide which countries would disappear.
In future, Australia will have a much larger Chinese and Indian population than it does now, for the simple reason that those two countries together hold at least a fourth of the world’s 7 billion folk. It may even be that the current habit of having national borders will disappear. (That is what the globalists are aiming for as seen, for example in the TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership, though I hugely disapprove.)
Am I advocating the holding back of tribal movements? No. Nature will out. But I advocate – as one of my three wishes listed above – that Australia legislate right now to stop further immigration, until we have a chance to figure out how to best deal with our growing “Chinese Australia.” I want every nation to be a community and to make decisions for itself; that is a bulwark against the so-called one percent taking over the world and reducing every human to a status of slave. Australia needs to be a community, no matter what be its ethnic ingredients!
I am happy that Australia will become more Chinese. To repeat: we are going to have a Chinese Australia, no matter what. A huge number of students have already been promised the right to proceed, on the points system. I am recommending that we do what we failed to do on March 18, 2003, regarding the invasion of Iraq. That is, we prevent our pollies from making secret deals.
We should not put up with secret or inexplicable policies from Canberra. It is the people’s responsibility to look out for their nation. Such an idea may sound far-out today, even though it’s routinely given lip service. What is the value of our being such an educated nation if folks won’t think and debate?
The Dream of a Nice Twenty-First Century
Like I said, we have prisons here in Oz where inmates get clobbered to death. China has them, too, as you can see on Youtube. (China also uses prisoners as a supply of body parts for transplant. If that were happening in Oz, would your pollie be interested in stopping it, or would he/she turn a blind eye?)
Message to young people: If you want a happy future, it has something to do with your influencing your community’s decisions. And for that, you have to be aware of decision-making. Where are the decisions made today? Trust me, there is a long history of intellectual work that can aid you not only in figuring out how to organize the making of decision, but how to magnify human values.
I’d like to see some young Aussie-born Aussies and some recently settled Chinese-Australians get together and talk about what they want. My guess is that the immigrants will say they don’t want what they had back home (after all that’s why they escaped). They don’t want a high-up government that pushes people around. They don’t want crowding! They want — blah blah, let them fill it in.
I hope Aussies, of any ethnic background, can be sufficiently Aussie to identify our values and then discuss how best these can be preserved. From there we can move on to enhancing our Australian culture by bringing in the best values of the immigrants. It’s a win-win situation!
If you don’t bother to see what values your culture contains, you are going to have those values dictated by someone else. You gonna be sor-ree.
Come on, do some work. This could be enormous fun.
— Mary W Maxwell is co-author with Dee McLachlan of the 2015 book Truth in Journalism. She can be reached at her website ProsecutionForTreason.com