Australians of the Years Past

from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Prior to the Goodes affair, I had practically no knowledge of the Australian of the Year caper, beside being aware of its existence. I turned to Wikipedia, which on this subject is even more Left than usual, and found:

The Australian of the Year is an award conferred on an Australian citizen by the National Australia Day Council, a not-for-profit Australian Government–owned social enterprise.

Since 1960 the award for the Australian of the Year has been awarded as part of the celebrations surrounding Australia Day (26 January)…

…The award offers an insight into Australian identity, reflecting the nation’s evolving relationship with world, the role of sport in Australian culture, the impact of multiculturalism, and the special status of Australia’s Indigenous people. It has also provoked spirited debate about the fields of endeavour that are most worthy of public recognition. In this way the awards have advanced a national conversation. David Marr: “Money and power aren’t the point here. The rich have no place on the list. Raw success isn’t enough. There has to be something more, some sense of distinction that lifts a candidate out of the ruck of the famous.”

Anybody who ever heard David Marr sneering or read some of his pamphleteering knows what sort of distinction the Marrs of this world are looking for.

Currently, the selection committees refer to three main criteria when considering nominees:

  • Demonstrated excellence in their field;
  • Significant contribution to the Australian community and nation; and
  • An inspirational role model for the Australian community. “

All of that should be obvious, but the application of those criteria seems to be erratic.

2007

Tim Flannery

1956

Scientist; global warming activist

2008

Lee Kernaghan OAM

1964

Singer

2009

Mick Dodson AM

1950

Indigenous leader

2010

Patrick McGorry AO

1953

Psychiatrist

2011

Simon McKeon AO

1955

Philanthropist businessman

2012

Geoffrey Rush

1951

Australian actor and film producer

2013

Ita Buttrose AOOBE

1942

Australian journalist and businesswoman, founding editor of Cleo

2014

Adam Goodes

1980

Australian rules footballer and indigenous community leader

2015

Rosie Batty

c. 1962

Domestic violence campaigner

For example, Flannery is the excellent warm-monger, but a scientist? Perhaps many, many grants ago. Had anybody critically looked on his doomsday predictions?

Country singer Kernagan has not been in the news so he probably never said anything derogatory of Australia, and his songs, at least to my knowledge, are normal and patriotic.

harbourMick Dodson is a relatively sensible Aboriginal advocate. “To many indigenous Australians, in fact, most indigenous Australians, it really reflects the day [Australia Day] in which our world came crashing down. I’m sensitive to that, I understand that… but I think Australia is mature enough now to have a conversation about that, and let’s get on with it, like we usually do.” Fine, though I have to point out that when the white people arrived here some Aboriginal tribes did not know how to make a fire. No wonder that their world crashed. Wouldn’t yours?

So that my contempt for just about all psychiatrists remains hidden, I resort to Wikipedia – Irish-born Dr McGorry “has advocated for early intervention with young people who are at risk of psychosis, but who are not currently psychotic, including the use of anti-psychotic medication. His views have been criticised by a number of people, including Allen Frances the Chair of the DSM-IV Taskforce, on the basis that most at-risk young people will not become psychotic and pre-emptive treatment may be risky. … A trial of the anti-psychotic medication quetiapine, led by McGorry, attracted criticism on ethical grounds and was discontinued… More recently, McGorry has begun investigating the use of lower risk treatments such as fish oil…

McGorry has advocated to the Australian government to create a national network of early psychosis intervention centres, based on claims that early treatment may improve long-term outcomes. Some critics have argued that he has exaggerated the evidence for early intervention and that long-term benefits and economic savings have not been established. He has been accused of having a conflict of interest in using his position on a government advisory committee to advocate for programs that he founded…”

Hmm. Fish oil? Snake oil?

McKeon advocates the governmental action on climate change… say no more.

I know nothing about Rush, male actors leave me cold; the limelight-hogger and soft-porn publisher Buttrose does not need a comment and Batty? OK, but a pity that she can not bring herself to fulminate also on the female-on-male domestic violence.

Are we to be inspired by the proponents and the beneficiaries of the chimera that government bureaucrats gorging on taxpayers’ money are the solution of all problems, even imaginary problems? Are we to be inspired by the second-rate human beings who don’t feel like Australians, despise Australians or want to bring Australia to her knees?

Sorry to say, only two, perhaps three of the above would pass my muster. By all means, check the whole list and see how many of the recipients would pass yours, and fulfil the commissars’ criteria, especially the last two.

If we really have to have this aggrandising thing – then why don’t we recognise Australians of the Century? I mean the foster parents of and carers for the Aboriginal children, who were allegedly stolen by the government authorities from their loving parents simply because of their skin colour. I hope that no reader of Fog of Chaos believes in the Left fabricated myth of the Stolen Generation, a lucrative wagon jumped upon by greedy lawyers, assorted carpetbaggers and, of course, amoral academia.

Just a reminder; Andrew Bolt is still waiting for the names of ten children which would fit the definition:

The “stolen generations” were best defined by Professor Robert Manne: Children of “mixed-descent” rescued “not from harm … but from their Aboriginality” by authorities who wished “to help keep White Australia pure”.

Many activists put the number of these “stolen” children at 100,000 since 1910. Manne later estimated 25,000.

I’ve repeatedly challenged Manne and other activists to name just 10 such children. No one has managed. Manne tried three times, but produced cases that didn’t fit his own definition – even children evacuated in war-time from areas threatened by Japanese bombing.”

It is high time to put end to the myth, apologise to the fosters parents and carers Australia-Day1for the insidious and despicable slur and, most importantly, save the current generation of neglected Aboriginal children. A recognition of the efforts of those who saved the last one could be a start.

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P.S. Just in case of a technical objection – not only an individual can get it – the music group The Seekers became the Australians of the Year in 1967.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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6 Responses to Australians of the Years Past

  1. Aussie Bruce says:

    Just as in America they endlessly repeat the Fergusson’s “Hands up, don’t shoot” falsehood, so the silly Aussies will repeat the “Stolen Generation” garbage until all the Abos are dead.

  2. Travesty Justice says:

    The leftists’ achievement – never so few killed so many, and keep on doing so. Genuine ones to disappear to be replaced by phonies with 1/64 of Aboriginal blood, if that. That’s way the Aborigines’ numbers are rising every census well over the limits of fecundity and logic – you are what you feel like, as long as it is politicaly correct and brings material benefit. Don’t dare to feel a white, heterosexual male. That’s a big no, no.

  3. Polimore says:

    Sure, sounds like a good, feasible idea. Abbott, Turnbull and the whole cuckservative bunch will act on it immediately.

  4. John Winsteed says:

    We can expect another Left stooge to get it this year.

  5. Zendock says:

    Farce which nobody except the progies takes seriously.

  6. global rot says:

    The early days. No heroes now or in the neaar future.

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