NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
1st August, 1943 : Australian troops in New Guinea today held a special ceremony to honour native carriers who maintained vital supplies of food and ammunition to them, and rescued and tended those wounded in the battle with the Japanese on the Kokoda trail. Speaking in the natives Motuan tongue, a senior Australian officer said the sacrifice and untiring patience of the “Fuzzy-Wuzzies” had made a tremendous impression on the great white people across the water. About 1,000 natives squatted on the ground listening to the officer as he presented them with gifts of money, belts, beads, combs, hair oil, sweets and tobacco.
[Self-declared Kokoda survivor Rudd brings more gifts to the natives; Australian taxpayers’ money to the wealthy leaders, Afghani Muslims to the poor.]