…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Ms Julia Gillard, Australian PM has decided to replace Northern Territory Senator Trish Crossin (white female Australian Labor Party member) by Ms Nova Peris (black female non ALP member) When I heard of this, now the second latest stunt by our Prime Minister, who, by the way, is still admired by 35% of population, my first thought was – Nova who? I admit my knowledge of contact sports is abysmally low, and that of official women contact sports practically non-existent. Leftipedia informed me that she was a member of the Australian women hockey team which won a Olympic medal seventeen years ago (oh, those young and naïve times) and that she sold her sport’s paraphernalia to the Australian taxpayers for $140, 000.* OK, so she sold her hockey sticks to the gullible public before Michael Mann sold his. [Was Mann’s Hockey Stick Fraudulent?] At least hers were tangible, proven tools, not a computer fabrication. But on what has been the poor woman living since?
For a moment I also felt sorry for her, knowing that Gillard will drop her as a hot yam if she shows any sign of integrity, independence or intelligent thought. And what decent human being would want to be associated with, or, perish the thought, be endorsed by someone with Gillard’s reputation?
The next thing which puzzled me for a while was the Gillard’s bragging of her pick’s Olympic credentials. In my mind the Olympics are now irredeemably associated with drugs, cheating and corruption – but than I realised that’s what Labor voters admire and aspire to, so Gillard got that right. And further – since Gillard openly stated that the colour of her pick’s skin is the paramount consideration, I had a look on Peris’ picture. I would not claim any expertise of Aboriginal tribes or mixtures thereof, but I believe that I have seen more Aborigines than Gillard, (a prominent Territory indigenous figure and Labor Party member Tracker Tilmouth said of her, ”Probably the last time she saw a real Aborigine was when she was licking a postage stamp.”) and I guessed Peris hails from some northernmost Aboriginal community. I was right though some of the tribes Peris claims a descent from are even further north than I suspected – in Denmark and Philippines.
I also found that my concern for starving Peris was misplaced.
There is another thing it would be interesting to hear Peris address — the $950,011 in Dept of Health and Ageing contracts her company, Peris Enterprises Pty Ltd, was awarded “to conduct the 2007 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Health Check.”
A year earlier, Peris Enterprises scored $333,700 for the same task, organising a three-month roadshow that visited 24 communities and health services. Peris, “along with other prominent Indigenous persons”, travelled to events, festivals, Aboriginal Medical Services and other health services to encourage Indigenous parents and their children to have check-ups.
“Since it was introduced in May 2006,” the Department’s end of year self-appraisal announced, “there have been 5,347 Medicare Benefits Schedule Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Health Checks conducted nationally in the 12 months to the end of April 2007.”
Peris Enterprises’ site has vanished from the web… / The Nova Peris medicine show by Roger Franklin January 24, 2013/
And according to Andrew Bolt: Ms Peris was forced to issue an extraordinary denial to combat “malicious and unfounded rumours” about her time at the NT Education Department, explicitly rejecting any misuse of departmental assets, or that she had ever been questioned over furniture at two girls’ academies.
For our readers overseas – Australian Aboriginal Welfare Industry has practical immunity from any audits or criminal investigations. Only a handful of police officers would be brave enough to risk their careers by inevitable accusation of racism. Those matters which get investigated are the sparked by internecine conflict between factions over a share of taxpayers’ largesse and are hardly ever concluded.
One example is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. ATSIC was established by Bob Hawke’s Labor government in March 1990. In 2003 ATSIC was investigated for financial corruption, and the embezzlement of ATSIC’s funds. Its Chairperson Geoff Clark, was investigated for his alleged participation in a number of gang rapes in the 1970s and 1980s. ATSIC was dismantled by Liberal/National Government in 2005, but in April 2012 Mr Clark was still going strong [The Australian – indigenous/probe-of-trust-puts-spotlight-on-geoff-clark].
Ms Peris was involved with ATSIC as its “ambassador”. It was perhaps foreshadowing of her future as Gillard’s pick how she weaselled out of the question about ATSIC leadership misdeeds by the Leftist comedian Andrew Denton on ABC program Give them enough rope in 2003 http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/transcripts/s822569.htm. It is worth reading, if only for seeing how gently some people are treated by the taxpayer’s funded ALP propaganda channel. Factual inconsistencies in Ms Peris pronouncements we may leave for some other time. As Roger Franklin wrote: “Despite what her critics are saying, when she arrives at Parliament House, Peris might just fit right in.”
Many of my original questions have been now answered and I am just left wondering – in soon to be Finkelstein’ Australia could Nova Peris, a part-aborigine female, supporting currently fashionable ALP faction, be discussed on her own merits? Perish the thought.
*/ The whole hockey stick saga was written up in March 2005 in The Sydney Morning Herald, the Leftist daily. The comrades must have slipped up. Since information about the Labor-Senatorrete-in-waiting seems to be disappearing from the Internet, the undoubtedly offending article is reproduced bellow in full:-
Nova’s all over the shop
Sydney Morning Herald March 12, 2005
The decision by Australia’s first Aboriginal Olympic gold medallist to flog off her memorabilia is a cheap move, writes Stephen Gibbs.
Nova Peris has just run the most rewarding relay of her life. After years as sole custodian and curator of a private stash of national treasures she has passed the baton to guarantee future generations of Australians get her sporting legacy.
Peris has freed herself of this burden, and made a tidy earn, by selling her entire collection of memorabilia to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. The former Hockeyroo and sprinter can’t yet put into words how it feels to part with trophies of so much success – she’s still hoping there’s another buck to be made from that.
The National Museum paid Peris $138,650, the second independent valuation it sought – only slightly higher than the first commissioned when Peris offered the 53-piece collection for sale two years ago.
“It is not like you take memorabilia for granted,” Peris said last week. Peris and husband Daniel Batman crossed the continent for these artefacts, retrieving a pair of running spikes from a suitcase in Darwin and two hockey sticks from a garden shed. They now hope to cash in with the story of flogging it off.
She has already provided – at no cost – a brief explanation for selling an Olympic and two Commonwealth Games gold medals: At 34, and no longer running, Peris has three children and a mortgage she thinks Australian taxpayers should help fund. “The way I look at it is I’ve had 10 years of representing Australia and someone who has spent 10 years in the public service gets a superannuation, so in my sport this is like a superannuation package,” she has said.
The way I look at it is that Peris has had 10 years of huge public profile and leg-ups including an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship, to secure her family’s future while she pursued her personal dreams.
As Peris explained after an appeal to the Court Of Arbitration for Sport to run the 100m at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, “we’re professional athletes – this is our livelihood”.
Peris complained juggling single motherhood with an international sporting career was sometimes hard – thanks scoop – and claimed no major sponsor would support an Aboriginal woman who was outspoken on indigenous rights.
She probably did encounter blockheads, but calling Australia racist as Pauline Hanson emerged in politics both antagonised the imbeciles and offended otherwise potential customers in nationwide demographics advertisers need to reach.
Peris got one thing dead right in Atlanta: “An Olympic gold medal is not a Visa card for the rest of your life.” And she maxed hers out.
Her collection of memorabilia, however, looks good value and is beautifully complete. A gold medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (“with small tooth mark”) is complemented by full uniforms, equipment and souvenirs. Two golds from the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games are accompanied by the same accoutrements and more.
Her Order of Australia, received in 1997, is still inside its box and the laces tied on her spikes. There’s also the first of 11,000 Olympic torches from the Sydney relay and signed by Muhammad Ali, with a picture of Peris running it barefoot past Uluru. All wonderful stuff but then Peris comes out and says of its sale: “I’m glad I’ve done it and it will help us out and pay some money off our house.
“My stuff is seen as national heritage, being the first athlete in the Commonwealth to win an Olympic and Commonwealth medal in two different sports so I think it’s right to be at the museum,” she said last week.
Neither of those medals carries sporting immortality on their own, nor do they as a pair. Peris’s posterity in sport rests upon being the first Aborigine to win Olympic gold.
The hockey win in 1996 was a team achievement from a mighty team; 16 Hockeyroos won gold in Atlanta and 10 of them – but not Peris – won another gold at Sydney or had one from Seoul in 1988. A running gold at the Olympics was Peris’s dream after Atlanta but she set herself the target of any Olympic medal on the track. Two years later she prematurely declared mission accomplished with a Commonwealth Games gold in Kuala Lumpur, where she ran past Melinda Gainsford-Taylor who’d collapsed before the 200m final finishing line.
This Olympic-Commonwealth double didn’t mean Peris was suddenly Snowy Baker, or had caught up with Carl Lewis. Being Aboriginal as fast as Anthony Mundine never made her Cathy Freeman. And just because Peris jogged past Ayers Rock one morning holding the Olympic spark plug aloft, doesn’t mean she always has to be a Champion.
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