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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

Racist booing of Adam Goodes: this is Abbott’s Australia

Just ask when did this sustained booing against Sydney’s Adam Goodes begin? It was after his spear dance celebration during the AFL Indigines Round. It is racist. It is not the mere booing of a player who fouls an opponent although Goodes clearly plays an aggressive as well as skilful game. It is because the guy celebrated his heritage. This is the new Australia.

Two years ago Goodes found himself pointing out a 13 year old Collingwood fan who had racially taunted him. He was shocked by the incident but generously and with dignity dealt with the subsequent publicity, pointing out the pervasiveness of the racism he personally faced:

People have always booed at the football – at umpires or players who might have lined up and felled an opponent. They’ll revel in the opportunity to boo a player who has done some fancied or real offence to a player in their team. Some fans never forget an incident from some earlier match that even years later might provoke displeasure. But mostly the booing fan is indifferent to what a player might have done to an opponent in a game against another club even if it has attracted prominent notoriety. What I’ve heard in recent times directed to Adam Goodes in game after game with different clubs, and with such intensity, spells out a more sinister form of abuse.

This new, sustained behaviour suggests malevolent booing by people with a racist streak whom Abbott has dog-whistled for the past five or six years. This is Abbott’s ugly, racist Australia. It is the Australia of the mealy mouthed shock jocks and their regular audiences; of the neo-nazis and white supremacists in the streets last weekend; of that nasty woman in the SBS program on turning back the boats; of the foul mouth slobs that racially abuse passengers on trains and buses; of the snide racism among the suits; of the openly xenophobic anti-asylum-seeker campaigns run by the loathsome Howard and Abbott; of the violations of responsibility, decency and morality by the monsters, Morrison and Dutton, men with authoritarian personalities and malevolence; of the vicious hatred of bogans in the street who have been spitting at Australians, migrants and refugees, who aren’t Northern European in appearance since Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech in the House of Representatives and former Prime Minister Howard’s deliberate harnessing of the evil she unleashed. It happened to an Indonesian friend of mine not long after Hanson’s spiel of hatred in her maiden speech in the Parliament.

It is the moral sewer of racism in Australia overflowing into our schools, our homes, our streets, among friends, in the workplace, and at the football. And it’s occurring in the context of a growing realisation that we have a fascist government on our hands and that Labor, the largest political party, which might combine with other Parliamentarians to rescue the nation, actually helped the Abbott regime get some of these violations against democratic society through the Parliament.

I suggest that we should look at the socio-political context of the fans’ treatment of Adam Goodes. It’s a very ugly picture of the level of national support for the violations of human rights by the Abbott Regime’s treatment of asylum seekers – even children – in concentration camps on remote islands in the Pacific, which reek of sexual abuse and gratuitous mistreatment of people fleeing real horrors and real terrorism. Only authoritarian monsters could conceive such measures and then seek to hide the abuses behind a law prohibiting the medical professions from revealing what is happening. Labor supported that law.

The Coalition at every opportunity celebrates the success of Operation Sovereign Borders and the specious argument of stopping people from drowning is celebrated by those who don’t want refugees here in any case. Labor repeats the specious drowning-at-sea propaganda to justify its decisions at its conference last weekend to adopt a policy to drive back boats full of asylum seekers in a feeble attempt to win over the men and women attracted to Abbott’s racist and xenophobic policies.

The Prime Minister goads the fringes of the Muslim community and insults its leaders and the moderate majority with lectures on terrorism. But, it is his marginalisation of Muslims that has resonance with 1930s Europe.

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James is a Collingwood supporter …

• TV Resident in Comments: Ever since Abbott became PM, he has done nothing but stir up trouble wherever he possibly can. He ‘fearmongers’ and he has to have his nose and our soldiers into all other countries business. He should be concentrating on what is going on here and deal with that fairly. But he bends over backwards to accommodate his mates in the fossil fuel industry, he refuses to have the wealthy pay more taxes because he would rather punish people who are not wealthy. Oh what it must be like to be born priveleged like Abbott and also his daughters who receive special attention for scholarships etc, when scholarships are supposed to be for the underpriveleged who prove they are worthy of further education but can’t afford it. The sooner this PM is gone for good the better, then the country may have an opportunity to get back on its feet again.

• Tim Upston in Comments: Don’t forget the media company News Limited which used the arrivals in Australia of desperate refugees by boats, (as they have been doing in Europe for many years) to bash up and finally see the dismissal of the then Labor government, which was virtually a bastion of compassion compared with this fascist Abbott government that apparently we had to have.

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Leonard Colquhoun

    August 11, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    What’s wrong with the ‘aboriginality’ of ‘indigeneity’ of the other 79 (or so) aboriginal / indigenous AFL players that they have not been routinely booed?

  2. JDN

    August 5, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    #17

    Ken Wyatt, Nova Peris and Joanna Lindgren now hold seats in federal parliament.

    Is this a small number? of-course, but before 2010 the last federal indigenous member was elected in 1999.

    There is far more room for improvement, but at least indigenous representation at the federal level is increasing, and I hope it continues to increase.

  3. Russell

    August 4, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Re #13
    And how many have been included in the Parliament?

    What’s happened since “Long Walk” and Rudd’s “Sorry”?

  4. mr t

    August 4, 2015 at 11:08 am

    http://m.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/eight-things-racists-say-to-try-and-convince-people-theyre-not-being-racist-20150731-giohbl.html

    My final comment on this subject: Have a read. You might find yourself in this article. If anyone does, sit back and think rather than blame.

  5. mr t

    August 4, 2015 at 1:03 am

    BTW, I will add the definition of the word “tolerate”

    “allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one dislikes or disagrees with) without interference.
    “a regime unwilling to tolerate dissent”
    synonyms: allow, permit, authorize, sanction, condone, indulge, agree to, accede to, approve of”

    In the context of race are we all relaxed and comfortable now? Damn, I lost my pea! No never mind…

  6. mr t

    August 4, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Oh dear #11, my post, as you should realise, was about political leadership vs vote chasing. I am happy for debate on any subject but a debate needs to be on facts and not emotional opinion. Thank you for proving my point.

  7. JDN

    August 4, 2015 at 12:33 am

    #12 probably since the landmark aboriginal rights movements in the late 60’s early 70’s.

  8. Russell

    August 3, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Re #10
    No, read the twitter post and try putting two and two together …

    “Tasmania is a great place as long as one knows their place, we are pretty clear on who we are”

    Just what is OUR place, Robin? Non-Indigenous Australians to reap the plunder of the Indigenous Australians and tell them to shut up and get on with entertaining us?

    One other thing you seem to have ignored another fact that Australia doesn’t seem to mind bringing out the Indigenous people to put on a war dance or two every time an international event arises here! And herding them away til next time straight after.

    Don’t tell us it hasn’t been a tradition in Australia.

    Re #11
    When were the Indigenous ever consulted or “have a right to express opinions on legislation pertaining to Multiculturalism?”

  9. JDN

    August 3, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    #3 or “Australians have right to speak against multiculturalism.”

    Are you suggesting Australians should not have a right to express opinions on legislation pertaining to Multiculturalism?

    Regardless of the subject matter, can I kindly remind you that we live under a democracy and any Australian has a right to express any views on any political issue.

    Sure is red in here lately.

  10. Robin Charles Halton

    August 3, 2015 at 3:41 am

    #7 Russell what are you fussing about now … ?

    Bronwyn has gone and Adam Goodes has returned like a good sportsman, dont worry it will be a great week ahead.

    I will be glued to the TV watching the Sydney Swans play Geelong on Saturday, relax, and do the same enjoy the game it will be a corker.

    #4 Mr T, Tasmania is a great place as long as one knows their place, we are pretty clear on who we are.

  11. Stu

    August 2, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Can things get any further to the left?

  12. john hayward

    August 2, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    We have a PM who revealed that his foremost cricket skill was as a sledger. He has parlayed that into the most powerful job in the country and the ability to appoint a House Speaker after his own heart.

    Those with mere brains or morals can forget it.

    John Hayward

  13. Russell

    August 2, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    There you go Robin Charles whatever. Read and weep the facts.

  14. Dr DH Buck Emberg

    August 2, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    HOMO SAPIENS…WE ARE ALL THE SAME!

    Before today’s technologically exponential revolution can be understood we must ask and possibly solve the heart of this work: is humanity good or bad or is there a balance or is there a growing and rotating imbalance of good and bad in his/her humanity? Or, ‘what is the origin of good and evil?’ Or, ‘who created the Devil?’ Or, most directly, ‘What is the nature of humanity?’ We know Homo sapiens of today, all seven billion of us, are virtually identical in biological structure and social organization. There are differences within these such as language and skin colour but Homo sapiens around the world…ALL OF US…belong to the same family group. YOU ARE, I AM, WE ARE the same middle sized primate animal. It is even possible to say that we are all first cousins and that is not too far from full accuracy!
    The next time you go to town and view the hundreds of people walking, running, jogging, driving or riding past you, on their way to work or production or recital you are, in essence, looking at yourself. That person, be he/she, Chinese, Australian, African, European, Indian or whatever, dates his/her ancestors to about 200,000 years ago, has a brain capacity of about 1300 C2, an intelligence quotient close to 100, (give or take ten points), walks or runs on two legs, not particularly hairy, had to be taught to swim and/or dive, has a variation of skin pigmentation, many shapes and sizes but virtually none over seven feet or under four feet, they eat just about anything (omnivores), they know how to use and control fire, sleep at night, live with a family or tribe, some are single, sexually experimental, shares in groups, Social, control their environments.
    AND HERE IS MY CONTRIBUTION AFTER DOING ALL THE THINGS THAT BILLIONS OF Homo sapiens LIKE MYSELF HAVE DONE : Homo sapiens, You and Me, Is AT THE SAME INSTANT, THE SAME MOMENT, THE SAME SPELL, THE SAME HOUR, THE SAME YEAR, THE SAME SPACE AND EPOC
    ARE
    EQUALLY GOOD AND BAD!
    AT THE SAME MOMENT!

  15. mr t

    August 2, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    BTW, Tasmania is a good example of such ignorant racism in regional Australia. It fits the same depressed white socio-economic demographic. Most Tasmanians would not even know a Muslim. Tasmania has racism in sport. There was the recent example with TFL at Clarence and I have witnessed it in numerous times with football (soccer). Tasmania has a limited indigenous population when compared with regional NSW, SA, Qld NT and WA while most mainland football codes rely on indigenous players for juniors.

    Many Tasmanians overreact to any event involving refugees (eg Pontville), sport (Adam Goodes) or terrorism (Muslims) without the benefit of interaction, knowledge or experience.

  16. mr t

    August 2, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    It goes further back than Abbott. No-one is perfect but Whitlam, Fraser, Hawke and Keating all made various advances on multiculturalism, indigenous affairs and discrimination. Legislation is embedded in the workplace and broader society. So where did it go wrong?

    John Howard was never a big fanatic with multiculturalism or indigenous affairs unless you extend fanaticism to being against it. It was a delineation between Keating and Howard where Howard wanted Australians to be “relaxed and comfortable,” “tolerant” or “Australians have right to speak against multiculturalism.”

    The event giving Howard and Abbott courage was the rise of Pauline Hanson. She was a member of the Queensland Liberal Party and her defection to One Nation independence threatened the LNP’s core vote in regional Australia. This gave succor to the “Howard’s Battlers” who helped Howard defeat Keating. Abbott cut his teeth with Machiavellian politics in the Hanson prosecution affair.

    Meanwhile, Howard waved maps of Australia around TV studios allegedly showing areas “aborigines would take over because of Labor’s Mabo and Wik legislation.” The mining companies and farming lobby were happy while Howard’s Battlers were angry.

    Ever since this time the Liberal Party will dog whistle the bigots and racists, the white trash of Australia’s socio-economic population. The battlegrounds have been in the outer suburbs ever since.

  17. Tim Upston

    August 2, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Don’t forget the media company News Limited which used the arrivals in Australia of desperate refugees by boats, (as they have been doing in Europe for many years) to bash up and finally see the dismissal of the then Labor government, which was virtually a bastion of compassion compared with this fascist Abbott government that apparently we had to have.

  18. TV Resident

    August 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Ever since Abbott became PM, he has done nothing but stir up trouble wherever he possibly can. He ‘fearmongers’ and he has to have his nose and our soldiers into all other countries business. He should be concentrating on what is going on here and deal with that fairly. But he bends over backwards to accommodate his mates in the fossil fuel industry, he refuses to have the wealthy pay more taxes because he would rather punish people who are not wealthy. Oh what it must be like to be born priveleged like Abbott and also his daughters who receive special attention for scholarships etc, when scholarships are supposed to be for the underpriveleged who prove they are worthy of further education but can’t afford it. The sooner this PM is gone for good the better, then the country may have an opportunity to get back on its feet again.

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