Who would have ever imagined that the left-leaning Inner-West Council (IWC) would push to change the celebration of Australia Day which, according to Mayor Darcy Byrne, marks “for Aboriginal people, the beginning of colonisation, dispossession and the removal of children, the deliberate destruction of language and culture, there is a better and more mature way to commemorate the day that includes them.” to an Aboriginal festival called Yabun (which means music to a beat)?
What is this obsession with local councils to act in this way? Residents just require them to collect rubbish, make sure loo paper is replenished in local park lavatories and mow the lawns. If one bothers to read through the annual reports of these local councils one can see just how much spare time these people have on their hands. It is insane.
Take the Northern Beaches Council claim that it had saved 293 tonnes of carbon in the council area in the 2017-18 period. Put it against Australia’s CO2 impact vs the entire atmosphere meant that Northern Beaches hammered home a mammoth 0.000000000699857% saving! Yes 9 zeroes. How much hot air was wasted in meetings on that initiative? The ultimate irony was the cover of the Annual Report displayed its least fuel-efficient vehicle!
Or Ryde Council’s climate emergency! Referring to the Ryde Council Annual Report 2018 financials section one can see that it spent on what it terms “Environmental Programs” a grand sum of $547,000, down from $556,000 the previous year. To put that in context of budget expenditure, this climate change fearing council spent, wait for it, 0.34% of the total annual revenue on saving the planet. Ryde Council even grandstanded with,
“This includes a commitment to divest its investment portfolio from fossil fuel-aligned financial institutions, supporting renewable and clean energy solutions and becoming one of the first councils to phase out single-use plastics.”
The irony was that Ryde Council’s financial details list it has next to nothing in investments outside of fixed interest product. Beat that chest but beware of the medals you’ve pinned to yourselves as you sip lentil smoothies through a paper straw.
Back to IWC. In order to deal with the supposed oppression of 2,038 indigenous Australians out of 198,024 residents (i.e. 1% of the local population), did the IWC think to publish the tidal wave of complaints from this minority that demanded the move? Or did IWC do as the Yarra Council did in Melbourne and survey their mates to get the result they wanted? Recall Yarra councillors backed the Australia Day ban recommendations by pointing to an online survey of 88 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with 82% of respondents supportive of the change. Another 281 people were polled in a separate street survey, with 45.9% agreeing council should support the campaign.
In fact, it was even worse. IWC sought feedback after the 2019 Australia Day event and 37 (thirty-seven) people – “19%” of whom identified as Aboriginal – responded to an online survey, with most opposed to holding a celebratory Australia Day event. Most? 19 people would be a technical majority. So 0.0096% of the residents opposed it. Must be considered a landslide by the IWC?
If these IWC councillors are so triggered by Australia Day and the mistreatment of minorities two centuries ago, perhaps they should sack all 1,038 council staff members and hand them over to the original owners of the land as an overt sign of destroying the white patriarchy and atoning for the sins of people they had no relationship to who did things to others before they were born?
But of course, as ever with the identity politics driven left, creating oppression where none exists is a forte. Why not just embrace the idea that 196,000 other residents would probably be more than happy to have the inclusion of Yabun without the exclusion of everyone else.
Alas, this is the Australia CM has returned to after 20 years. Everyone trying to outdo the other in the moral preening stakes. We are a complete laughing stock. Sadly, we accept too much of this nonsense which only eggs on activists to push for ever more ridiculous demands.
As Thomas Sowell once said,
“Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.”
Indeed if IWC see these people as perpetual victims perhaps they can reflect that charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.