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November 22nd 2017 print

Tony Thomas

Lecture, Hector, Badger, Brainwash

Just once I'd like to visit a museum, hear a symphony or watch the ABC without being subjected to a tacked-on politically correct sermon because, well, the creatures of the Gramscian Left have colonised those institutions and are devoted to ramming their effluvia down all our throats

PC IIAustralians are all undergoing an immersion experience, washed over by a sea of   taxpayer-funded “progressive” propaganda. It is so pervasive that we may  hardly notice it. For young people, the Left memes are as self-evident as gravity. What follows are a few samples. I’m sure Quadrant subscribers, who all enjoy online posting rights at this site, can add their own to the comments thread below.

ABCTV 7pm News Victoria– Monday’s show (20/11) had an item on a counter-terrorism report by ex-Police Commissioner Ken Lay and former Supreme Court Judge David Harper. The footage focused on Bourke Street Mall, where Demetrious Gargasoulas is accused of driving at reckless and breakneck speed on January 20. Six were killed and dozens injured. His trial is in progress.

ABCTV reporter Melissa Brown said the new counter-terror report “makes 26 recommendations to better protect  Victoria and respond to religious and right-wing extremism.” Gargasoulas doesn’t fit the ‘right-wing’ bill.  Indeed, he told a magistrate last April, “Your Honour, did you know the Muslim faith is the correct faith according to the whole world?” Police say he has a history of drug use, family violence and mental health problems.

In reporter Brown’s reference to “religious and right-wing extremism”, we once again see the ABC’s near-total inability to utter “Islam” in any context other than the most laudatory. Inside the ABC’s green-left bubble, there is also inability to mention left-wing extremism, of which there is plenty in Victoria, with Antifa’s thugs to the fore.

Indeed, the ABCTV report  shamelessly distorts the Lay-Harper report which says on its second page (emphasis added),

Terrorist organisations continue to develop and distribute violent extremist propaganda to influence people that may be vulnerable to radicalisation – whether it be from the far-right, far-left extremism or extremist Islamist ideologies.

Those were the report’s only references to Left and Right ideologies. What’s up, Ms ABC Reporter Brown, can’t you read?

Australian Story: Up next on  ABCTV was Australian Story, which covered the tragic death in July of Australian expat Justine Damond Ruszczyk, who was shot by a Minneapolis cop firing across his partner from the front passenger seat of the police car which responded to her call for help about suspicious noises.

It is 20 minutes into the 30-minute program before the ABC lets us know the cop’s name was Mohamed Noor, and its two references to Somali-born Noor involve all of ten seconds (20.20 minutes to 20.30). The program showed total lack of interest in Noor’s background – which would definitely not be the case if the shooter were, say, a Trump  flag-waver, or an evangelical pastor.

Here are some facts about Noor which the program managed not to mention:

  • Noor  had previously been lauded by the mayor and Somali community as  one of the first Somali-American cops in the area
  • In his two years as cop, Noor was named in three complaints and is being sued for allegedly assaulting a woman.
  • His police training had been fast-tracked to promote diversity in the ranks, according to the Star Tribune, but this is denied by the police chiefs.

The ABC, in its quandary over how to report a guy called Mahomed doing bad stuff, decided “Nothing to see here” and gave that aspect of the story only ten pitiful seconds.

Culture Section:  I went to a recent performance of Beethoven’s 9th  in the Victorian Arts Centre. At the start there were three consecutive announcements by three managers. I can’t remember exactly what – turn off your mobiles,   changes to the cast and whatever. The first official began with an acknowledgement of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the site. And so immediately did the second. And so immediately did the third. A three-peat as the footie fans say. They were all variants on the MSO’s official screed,

The MSO acknowledge [sic] the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are performing. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Elders from other communities who may be in attendance.”

The script does not bother to specify what group the traditional owners were, let alone why all these “Elders” past and present are entitled to more respect than anyone else, especially Elders from “other communities” near and far who happen to also be fans of Beethoven’s 9th.

Trashing C.Y. O’Connor: A week ago I was in the Fremantle Maritime Museum and enjoying its excellent imported Pompeii naval exhibition – notwithstanding that as many as five exhibits were dated wrongly by 2000 years (do curators every check this stuff?). My sister’s two-hour car park was nearly up, but I still had five minutes to check out a small slice of the regular displays. First off was stuff about the “invasion” of Australia. The second involved fiction about the so-called Stolen Generation, but the third was the real ripper: it described engineer C.Y. O’Connor blasting the bar across the Swan River outlet in 1894, finally creating a decent port for Fremantle. Great job, Charles Yelverton O’Connor!

Not so fast, the Museum’s caption seem to insist. It reads (emphasis added):

A rocky limestone bar and silting at the entrance to the Swan River prevented most ships from entering. Dynamite was used to destroy the bar.

Some Aboriginal people believe that an important heritage area was damaged or destroyed along with the bar.

Let me get this straight. “Some” Aborigines “believe” that  C .Y. O’Connor — a real bastard, obviously — blew up their  “important heritage area”. An accusation can hardly be weaker than that. O’Connor shot himself eight years later, after riding his horse into the sea from Fremantle beach. His Fremantle Harbor was a resounding success. He also had completed the Perth-Kalgoorlie water pipeline but was depressed by the mean-spirited criticism of the media, local notables and authorities. The Maritime Museum caption continues in that vicious strain more than a century later, hammering fresh spikes through a dead man’s coffin and reputation.

This display is at Fremantle. Keep in mind the City of Fremantle cancelled this year’s Australia Day fireworks and celebrations in favour of a culturally-inclusive alternative event on January 28.

The Maritime Museum is part of the WA Museum, chaired by Justin Mannolini, law and finance whizz at Gilbert + Tobin. The deputy chair is none other than our PM-in-waiting Julie Bishop. In the latest financial year the Maritime’s visitors tumbled by 18% — 23,000 no-shows, in blunt numbers. I for one don’t intend a repeat visit next year.

Tony Thomas’s book of essays, “That’s Debatable – 60 Years in Print” is available here

Comments [15]

  1. Ian MacDougall says:

    Well say no more! I’d go with the IPA regarding the ABC. It should be broken up and sold off to the highest bidder/s, or those with the best connections. (Though the IPA was all against the Human Rights Commission [as was I] until Timmy Wilson landed his grossly overpaid sinecure there. Then all went quiet on the political Right.)
    Then Timmy scored his Liberal nomination for the Senate. Though it’s been a long time since I visited the IPA website, my guess is that they’ve probably reverted to their old position.
    But the trouble is, given all that, I can’t be bothered to check.
    Every public asset should be given the Hammersley treatment: sold off to overseas interests, to start new feudal dynasties of inherited wealth in an economy whose wealth and income differentials are starting to resemble those of the Tsarist Empire.
    Glory days of Imperial honours, silk and satin ahead! Though my preference is riding to hounds.

  2. en passant says:

    Oz is a nation and culture in terminal decline – by choice.

  3. Salome says:

    I had to endure a similar payment of respect to the ‘traditional owners’ of the land on which the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall is built only the other night, before Musica Viva hosted a British orchestra. What I can’t quite understand is why it is respectful to acknowledge ‘traditional owners’ without giving them their name. Surely someone knows who the ‘traditional owners’ were. It seems like lazy tokenism, so I took it as such.

    • Bernard Tola says:

      I suspect that these ceremonies have little to do with any particular Aboriginal people. It is rather about proclaiming the virtue of those who perform them.

    • whitelaughter says:

      If you name who it is, you risk praising a group that conquered the land from another group (frex in my own part of the world the Ngunnawal hired mercenaries from the Bathurst mob to help conquer much of Canberra from the Walgulu), and will certainly find yourself caught in the middle of competing claims.

  4. Tony Thomas says:

    Actually, Salome, on the Beethoven 9 night, they did refer to a specific group, probably of the ilk, Wurundjeri of the Kulin “Nation” or some such. I quoted the standard MSO/VCA tribute, which I guess could involve filling in a group if the MSO does a show in say, Echuca. This “Nation” business is totally ridiculous for groups of say, 30 maximum hunter-gatherers. I think it’s a pinch from native American groups that were quite sizeable and with quite a lot of differentiated roles and hierarchies – not that I’m any expert on that.

    • Jody says:

      (I see I’m still not shut off yet!)

      My eldest son refuses to stand at his childrens’ primary school for “Welcome to Country” ceremonies.

      When the Fleet arrived here in 1788 with the new inhabitants from England to establish the penal colony aboriginals were still starting fires using sticks and this was happening in Europe at EXACTLY the same time:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vccVPACD5I4

      • whitelaughter says:

        that was well worth sharing Jody! One of the joys of defending civilization is getting to *enjoy* civilization :)

      • Nezysquared says:

        Brilliant.

      • LBLoveday says:

        Remember the uproar in the 90s when ex-PM Gorton asked about Aborigines “Why did they never understand after 40,000 years to build a house?”? My recollection, which may be faulty, is that he was effectively forced out of the Liberal Party in consequence.
        I liked another’s comment on the false narratives presented in contemporary schools about Aborigines:
        “I’ve just bought a can of the best house paint available and I’m told if I’m lucky, it’ll last 15 years. Yet I’m shown where some Aborigine has blown some soggy ochre onto a rock and I’m told it’s lasted 40,000 years.
        Where can I get a can of that stuff?”

  5. Keith Kennelly says:

    I was welcomed to country by the motel owner when he found out I’d just arrived from NZ forty years ago.

    I was chuffed.

    I think today’s welcome to country a bit much.

    I mean just how often can I be welcomed?

  6. peter prenavon says:

    they say dna of persons claiming to be of aboriginal decent will show different mobs arrived at different times from different directions,
    they say these mobs behaved as all mobs throughout history behaved, that is the weak were pushed out of the best land replaced by the strong. the strongest mob to arrive in Australia came via England from 1770 ish.
    and you guessed it, they behaved just as the mobs before them behaved, and added their dna to the mix.
    with free speech, the ABC AND THEIR TRAVELLING COMPANIONS , have every right to pick out one mob, and champion them as the victim or as the hero of this fictional story they push. As long as they state, their stories are fictional and factual.

  7. Jody says:

    All of this is a consequence of what happens when the pond scum rises to the top. Meanwhile, this beautiful man exits planet earth (24 hrs ago) and we continue to tolerate more and more of the feral variety:

    https://vimeo.com/86122270

  8. MOAB says:

    It is amazing how all the good stuff was allowed to be privatised, but a piece of garbage that is ABC is still taxpayer-funded.