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Disorder of Australia Awards

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If Australia Day isn’t contentious enough every year, the Order of Australia awards seem to be generating even more cringeworthy headlines.

Each year, activists become more emboldened to disrupt a day which celebrates the date Aussies were no longer British subjects – 26th January, 1949. We have already pointed out that January 20th, 1788 was the official date that the British First Fleet “invaded” Australia. We presume that if the British hadn’t colonised Australia, some other nation would have eventually discovered the land mass – perhaps Yuri Gagarin or Alan Shepard as they orbited earth.

Who is on the chopping block this time? None other than tennis legend Margaret Court AO, who has been promoted to AC, the highest level, in this year’s awards.

Unfortunately, the committee that decides on who receives the Order of Australia clearly hasn’t consulted the left on who is worthy to receive them. Sorry, if one does not conform to their whim, they are not entitled to be congratulated for service to country. Simple as that, no matter what one’s personal achievements may have been.

It was only last year that the left went out of its way to try and cancel Bettina Arndt’s award on the grounds she wasn’t ideologically appropriate given her “dangerous” views which included recognising men as victims of domestic violence too. We wrote a piece on that very topic here.

This year, former ABC journalist, Kerry O’Brien, has declined his award in protest, claiming that honouring Court is “deeply insenstive” and “divisive” presumably due to her strong religious beliefs which include being against same sex marriage.

This follows transgender Dr Clara Tuck Meng Soo who handed back her OAM in protest on hearing the news. If Soo was consistent, she should have declined her 2016 OAM on the basis that Court had already been awarded her AO back in 2007. Why now?

If we get back to reality, given that same-sex-couples can legally wed in Australia, Court’s views have become utterly irrelevant. However, under the constitution, she has a right to express her opinions. We don’t agree with her stance but we certainly don’t believe in dictating to those we have conflicting views with.

Furthermore, to all the same sex couples who detest Margaret Court with a passion, they can legally throw democracy in her face as they make their vows and there is absolutely nothing she can do about it. “Take that, bigot!” They get the last laugh. One imagines a bulk of the LGBT community hasn’t lost any sleep over the views of the tennis great.

By the same token, we have often vehemently disagreed with O’Brien’s points of view but have always respected his right to express them and believe his award was justly granted on the basis of his long-term success as a journalist at the ABC, as much as Court was honoured for her services to tennis for which she still retains the record – 24 Grand Slams. That is to say the committee hands out awards based on the same standards.

Maybe next year’s Order of Australia nominations should be conducted via Twitter and chaired by Sleeping Giants, Mad F*cking Witches and Get Up.

While we are at it, the NSW Transport ferries that bear the names of the First Fleet must be as “deeply insensitive” and “divisive” to our nation’s First People as Margaret Court’s AC is to the LGBT community. Time to get the faux outrage mob to protest at Circular Quay and demand the vessels be scuttled even though they have been in service since the mid-1980s.

For a change, instead of this penchant for cancelling those some deplore, why not use superior intellect and debate to challenge those we disagree with. Let free and open debate convince people. Silencing voices only hardens those positions. Sunlight is always the best disinfectant.

In closing, the one thing we continue to fail to see is any compelling evidence. If Court was stripped of her AC can we quantify how the lives of those groups who activists claim to represent will be improved? Same for changing Australia Day to Invasion Day. Who benefits? We are all for being inclusive, but causes are much better served when supported by facts.

Australia Day – feel free to have your own minute’s silence

It is that time of the year again. Australia Day. Time for the woke brigade to shame any Aussies thinking of firing up the BBQ and sinking a few beers with friends and family. If some people don’t want to celebrate it, then they’re free not to. But what is the point of making people feel guilty for something they didn’t do to people they never knew 150 years before many were born?

Our local member in the House of Reps, Zali Steggall OAM, has called for a minute’s silence on Australia Day. By all means, if she feels that way, she should go right ahead and make her personal statement. Just quit the vacuous virtue signaling.

We’ll dismiss it with the same out-of-touch “Roadmap to Zero” program she has running in Warringah. You know, the climate change virtue signaling page where well over 98.5% of households in the electorate haven’t even bothered to sign up, despite her insistence that the gas guzzling SUV drivers of Mosman elected her to put a stop to climate change.

When are we going to drop this shaming every year? Why is Cricket Australia (CA) now buying into woke antics, especially that of a foreigners violent Marxist group? Can anyone in CA management point to any data or conclusive studies which prove the lives of indigenous Australians will improve by dropping the name or the date? Surely all 365 days of the year should be deemed invasion day if January 26th is considered so reprehensible.

Cricket Australia’s Mel Jones said, “We’ve got five Indigenous players playing those games and a lot of Indigenous fans that come to the cricket, we just want to make this space as safe and inclusive as possible.”

What could be more inclusive than watching cricket over a few beers? Surely CA’s focus should be on winning after the drubbing against India but toxic identity politics is front and centre. Wallabies anyone?

Honestly, can CA identify the fans by name who feel triggered when they voluntarily pay hard-earned coin to watch cricket matches? The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island flags adorn major cricket venues. Every game. Is that not inclusive?

But why can’t those who want to change the date get the facts straight on Australia Day?

Australia Day is celebrated on the 26th January for a very good reason.

The First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay on the 20th of January and an expedition party was sent to Port Jackson on the 22nd of January with the rest of the fleet following on the 26th of January. So the “day” Australia was technically invaded was almost a week prior.

On January 26th, 1949, Australian nationality came into existence when the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 was enacted. That was the day we were first called Australians and allowed to travel with passports as Australians rather than British subjects. Hence Australia Day was officially born and celebrated.

Under the Nationality Act 1920 (Cth), all Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders born after January 1, 1921, gained the status of British subjects. In 1949, therefore, they automatically became Australian citizens under the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948.

So for all the protestors and virtue signaling groups trying to win woke points, perhaps they should spend that minute silence learning the actual dates of what they’re protesting.

Maybe Aussies can strike a deal. Will the activists promise that they’ll stop protesting forever on this issue if the date is changed to one of their choosing? Of course they can’t. Moving the date would embolden the mob to push more grievance politics. Remember that many of the protestors don’t represent the majority of the people they claim to represent. As is usually the case with most protestors.

The overwhelming majority of Aussies are fair minded people aware of their history. The government is so aware that those minority groups are paid 6% of the national budget, twice the level of their representative population. Every year. Shame on Cricket Australia. Stick to the core product and stop telling the fans how they should participate when they part with cold hard cash.

Petition to change name of Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Joe Biden

A petition has been doing the rounds to change the name of Glasgow Prestwick Airport to ‘Joe Biden’ as former President Trump often uses the terminal due to its close proximity to his golf resort.

Should every city, town or airport that hosts a Trump property nearby change the name of an important landmark? Maybe rename the street of the entrance to Trump’s resort to Joe Biden Blvd? Should balloons shaped in the form of Trump in diapers be flown permanently above the town square just to rub it in his face until he is no longer alive?

As much as the left hate Donald Trump, when will the derangement end?

Yet it isn’t just about him. This isn’t a joke. It’s an extension of cancel culture which seeks to punish those the mob disagrees with.

My Pillow founder, Michael J Lindell, has had several large retail stores stop selling his merchandise because of his support of Trump. Many other brands have caved to the mob for the same reason – cowardice.

Instead of letting individual consumers decide for themselves, weak corporates are kneeling at the altar of wokeness, afraid to be cancelled by a bunch of fringe activists who aren’t likely to be customers anyway. We hope My Pillow sales boom online. Or will USPS, FedEx or UPS refuse to ship his goods down the line?

We were astonished to see a group of companies publicly denounce the Capitol riots. For the love of God, when people saw the despicable act of a few people overestimating their agency, did the names Toyota, GM or Pfizer pop into the heads of anyone as being related in any way? We’re guessing not but why did these corporates self-appoint themselves as moral guardians? Goodyear is hardly a bastion of balance when its HR pushed radical leftist training completely unrelated to the tyre business.

Why didn’t the PGA grow a spine and say that Trump’s course would provide the best golf. Do they honestly believe they’d lose a single fan? Pushing back works as proven by RedBull and Goya.

While the Prestwick Airport stunt might appear like a decent Scottish joke it is nothing more than an extension of cancel culture. For as much as the left scream about equality, compassion and fairness, they seem to want to hound Trump to his grave. Guess what, this will only embolden his supporters who are growing ever more weary of the deliberate suppression of free speech and ability to have a voice.

To the cancel culture, unity only comes from coerced conformity and every time a corporate caves, it emboldens them to go in even harder.

Be careful what you wish for.

But not letting someone earn $1,000 to survive is even more obscene

The Guardian remains true to form as ever – clueless about reality.

The author of this piece, Richard Denniss, forgets that the reason mice die in mousetraps is they fail to understand why the cheese is free.

An extra $1m may not be much to a billionaire but $1,000 to someone who can’t survive without it is way more obscene. And governments that imposed draconian laws on people who could least afford it based on junk science and activist health experts drunk on power, are even more out of line.

There is a precious irony in Denniss’ attack on the billionaires. If he took note of who the biggest mutual beneficiaries of lockdowns were, he would see that many of those same billionaires made the extra millions by hopping into bed with left leaning parties who openly supported the destruction of small businesses executed under the guise of compassion.

Still, it is easier for him to blame conservatives than admit that the ultimate impact lockdowns had on human lives by way of suicide, poverty and unemployment came from policies heavily promoted by the left.

Total Class

Not only did they win the 4th test and the series outright, Indian team Captain Ajinkya Rahane presented opposition player Nathan Lyon with a signed team shirt to celebrate his 100th test milestone. Total class.

Maybe Australia’s biggest lesson should come from studying India’s sportsmanship. The other lesson is to NEVER ever use a historical milestone as an excuse to relax the team’s guard ever again.

Consider that Australia was beaten by the Indian B-side. That isn’t damning the guests with faint praise but a sign of how deep the talent pool is.

Australia has plenty of talent in the A-side but the B-team locker is pretty bare, hence why they’ve tolerated Wade, Burns and Harris for so long.

The Aussies properly lack the “gel” that makes a side truly stick together in all conditions, especially adversity.

Time to remove Paine as captain and insert someone with proper tactical skills who isn’t everyone’s mate. No, Steve Smith has proven he has no leadership skills to have allowed the ball tampering debacle in Sth Africa.

Many may think that this is an odd choice but Josh Hazlewood has the mettle and the ability to lift his side in tough times. He just doesn’t carry any executive authority on the field at the moment.

First things first. Let’s learn to play for the love of the game and not the paycheck.

Australia must stop believing in the past and focus on dealing with the present

India should be extremely proud of the way their depleted test side has performed this series. They always looked the more hungry side. Rookies took their opportunity to shine as their teammates dropped out injured.

Australia on the other hand has to stop relying on historical benchmarks as gospel and understand all records are there to be beaten.

Last week, Aussie Captain Tim Paine sledged Ravichandran Ashwin during the Sydney test about the impenetrable fortress of the Gabba, a ground Australia hasn’t lost a game at since 1988.

The last time Australia blathered about record totals being too high a hurdle of the opposition, we lost. Ben Stokes played the innings of a lifetime.

India deserve to win the test series and Australia needs to consider that even with many of the world’s best players, teamwork comes from leadership that can lift a team which is staring unlikely defeat in the face. Australia rested on the laurels of antiquated statistics instead of focusing on the present. India has done the exact opposite.

Should the Coons be Cheesed Off?

More gutless corporate pandering to the mob. We wrote about the plan to change the brand name of ‘Coon‘ cheese last year.

The cheese was named after its American maker, Edward William Coon, 85 years ago.

It has now been changed to ‘Cheer.’

In our view, the marketers should be fired for a lack of creativity. About as useless as the PR team of parent company Saputo.

Why didn’t Saputo write about the origins of Coon on the packet? Seems sensible to educate those woke fringe groups who take umbrage at everything.

Instead, the Saputo CEO gave the all too common cave in to the cancel culture by stating,

Treating people with respect and without discrimination is one of our basic principles and is is imperative that we continue to uphold this in everything we do.”

Hasn’t the food producer disrespected the 31 families bearing that surname in Australia?

Should the Coons be pressured to change their surname to Cheer? What better way to accumulate woke points with the apparatchiks than getting the Coons to renounce their origins. Why not hold a ceremony named Day 1, Year 0 where the families publicly apologize for unconscious racism and beg for forgiveness.

Perhaps Saputo can pay for all the legal costs associated with changing drivers licenses, passports, Medicare and all other manner of documentation so the dairy company can revel in even more vacuous virtue signaling so the PR department can justify having a role.

Down the line, we would love to see the empirical data on how the lives of those the name change is designed to improve have been bettered. Apart from absolutely zero, we imagine the only declining figure experienced will be the revenue line.

Another corporate own goal.

Perhaps Saputo should look at those brands who have stood up to the faux outrage groups – GoyaRed Bull – and won.

Three Cheers for the cowards.

The Great Uniter in Chief compares Republicans to Nazis

You know the path to political harmony in America is often paved with trip wires and land mines.

While the media continue to hail Biden as the mature candidate who will unite a divided country we thought it a bit odd for him to accuse the opposition of employing tactics used by Goebbels and the Nazi propaganda machine.

It was bad enough that Biden threw the Capitol Police – who have protected him for 47 years implying they were a bunch of gun-toting racists with a blood lust against blacks – under the bus.

Fear not, newly elected Congresswoman Cori Bush ( D-MO), a self-proclaimed BLM activist, has vowed to introduce her first bill to remove those who questioned the election result. She tweeted,

“I just introduced H.Res. 25.

It would, under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, investigate and expel the GOP members of Congress who attempted to overturn the election and incited a white supremacist attack.

Call your rep to sign on. We can’t have unity without accountability.”

So a Marxist is suggesting democratically elected officials are worthy of expulsion for apparently inciting a white supremacist attack. Note the language – “investigate and expel.” Will a fair process occur or will they be labeled guilty until proven innocent?

Should all the Democrats that tried to prevent the result of the 2016 election being carried be liable for sedition too?

So should we conclude that every time a conservative white person lawfully and peacefully protests that they automatically be deemed ‘white supremacists’?

Be careful woke white liberals. You might think you’re on the right side of history, but you’re next. They might wish to reflect on the San Diego School District which will force white teachers to undergo white privilege training.

They will be compelled to acknowledge they are on stolen land and that they will experience “guilt, anger, apathy, [and] closed-mindedness” because of their “white fragility.

White teachers will be told “you are racist” and “you are upholding racist ideas, structures, and policies.

So even if you are the most tolerant white liberal in the world, you’re fair game. You’re racist but you just don’t know it. Got it?

Cori Bush’s Op-Ed in WaPo is laced with all the identity politics one could expect, including her dismay at the rough treatment by the police despite her admission to damaging/defacing public property. Aren’t laws supposed to be applied fairly?

Can Bush also explain why the minority vote for Trump went up in absolute and relative terms? A bit odd that they’d vote for someone dripping in white supremacy?

After disparaging the US Capitol Police in her article, Bush should demand her own taxpayer funded private security detail because, by her own conclusions, they can’t be trusted.

With politicians like these filling the ranks of the Democrats, just write off any hope that there is any intention to unite the country. The next 4 years will look a lot more like revenge than reconciliation.

Be careful where you step…

Making hay while the rain falls?

We were surprised to see Dymocks bookstore put former Australian Climate Change Commissioner Tim Flannery’s latest book in the science section.

Amazon’s review notes, “Tim Flannery takes aim at those responsible for the campaign of obfuscation and denial that has already cost so many Australian lives and held back action on climate change.” Really?

Exactly how many lives has climate change claimed in Australia? The Australian Bureau of Statistics record the accumulated deaths from ‘Environmental-pollution-related-condition (Y97)‘ over the last decade at ZERO!!!!  Strange that climate related deaths have plunged over 80% in the last 4 decades. 

Many of Flannery’s climate predictions have also failed to eventuate.

In 2007, Flannery said, “So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems…” Today, Sydney’s main water supply at Warragamba Dam is currently at 97.8% capacity.

In 2015, he claimed that “Sadly we’re more likely to see them [cyclones] more frequently in the future” when referring to a cyclone that hit Vanuatu. Global data shows no such trends. The UNIPCC’s extreme weather report updated in 2018 stated on page 8, “There is low confidence in any observed long-term (i.e., 40 years or more) increases in tropical cyclone activity (i.e., intensity, frequency, duration), after accounting for past changes in observing capabilities.”

We thought the nonsense peddled on the bushfires by The Climate Council, which Flannery chairs, spoke volumes. Our data concluded that one of its authors, who led the former fire chiefs’ crusade to blame the devastating bushfires on climate change, didn’t mention the topic when he ran one of the fire services. That is to say it that the severity of climate change to bushfire activity in these Magnus opera were conspicuous by their absence.

We think the upcoming 2020 annual reports from fire services across Australia will be dripping in climate change related topics which will only end up highlighting how it has become nothing more than a CYA convenient excuse to mask years of poor fire management.  Take this example of the commitment to mitigating the inherent risks of busfires in the 2018/19 FRNSW Annual Report:

“Where practicable, FRNSW crews were encouraged to turn off all non-essential lights on 30 March 2019 from 8:30pm until 9:30pm, joining millions of people worldwide in showing their commitment to tackling climate change and inspiring all generations to support environmental initiatives and sustainable climate policy.”

A study of how fire service budgets were allocated in recent years further highlights the alarming problem behind the bureaucratic mismanagement. 

What has become even less surprising than the lack of science peddled before us surrounding COVID-19 in recent months, is the convenient segue of supposed conventional wisdom – The Great Reset – pointing back to the fantastic opportunity to push the climate change agenda to solve for poverty, racial inequity and all other economic ills. After all, US Treasury Secretary-elect Janet Yellen has assured us her department will take care of it. Who knew?

Apart from climate change having zero correlation to COVID-19, despite Prince Harry ‘s best efforts to conflate the link, Tim Flannery has seen a great opportunity to make a quid off the theme. No harm in making hay while the rain pours. 

Still we question why so many climate alarmists believe that replacing fossil fuels with renewables will solve for saving the planet and put an end to poverty?

We are not sure how that works?

When one of the leading renewables-driven developed nations, Germany, has such high levels of energy poverty, how can this be?  In 2019, 4.75 million households received warnings that their electricity would be shut off (289,000 actually got disconnected), according to the German Federal Networks Agency (Bundesnetzagentur). All this because of a doubling of energy prices (despite studies that predicted a fall at the time of policy conception) which are a direct result of disastrous green energy diktats which started two decades ago.

The flip side is India, a developing nation. Its electricity generation policies,  according to the World Bank, lifted 271 million people out of energy poverty between 2007 and 2017 largely thanks to low priced coal-fired power. So before all the ‘Stop Adani’ climate emergency extinction rebellion crowd start pontificating that we must go carbon neutral, perhaps they might go and survey the 271mn locals as to whether they demand change??

Michael Shellenberger’s latest book, ‘Apocalypse Never‘, takes a realistic view of how to achieve optimal outcomes for the climate, renewables not being part of the equation.

Still, the best way to truly evaluate the seriousness of climate change is by watching the consumption habits of those who peddle it.

We always found it strange that Obama moved to the shores of Martha’s Vineyard last year despite the risk of rising sea levels. Former Aussie PM Kevin Rudd has also bought waterfront property recently despite climate change being the “moral challenge of our times.

Looking at 1,500 private jets clogging airports at a World Economic Forum summit takes some beating too, not to mention the 25,000 pilgrims that fly halfway across the world to attend COP summits and then tell mothers who drop their kids off at soccer practice in a 2nd-hand SUV that they are the problem. No excuses anymore. They can Zoom. 25,000 group thinkers on a screen…their individual relevance in direct proportion to the size of their microscopic avatar.