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ABC radio’s cancellation of Australia Day ­reflects the cultural relativism holding human progress hostage to political correctness. In the latest round of ABC protests, Triple J will move its annual Hottest 100 broadcast from January 26 to appease those offended by Anglo-European settlement. If the ABC’s hipster morons want to decolonise Australia, they should start by cleansing their safe spaces of Western cultural products — like the radio, for example.
 
Protests against patriotism are on the rise across the West. In the US, football players genuflected to the PC deity by taking a knee as the national anthem played. What began as an apparent protest against police brutality developed into a leftist campaign against American values. Lead kneeler Colin Kaepernick donated $25,000 to an organisation named in honour of cop-killing socialist Assata Shakur.
 
Protests against Australia Day began several years ago but have intensified thanks to the government’s continuing allocation of taxpayer funds to activist groups and organisations across the country. The ABC is one such recipient of taxpayer funding. Another is the university sector.
 
The University of Melbourne’s indigenous institute warned academics about celebrating Australia Day: “For some our national day is associated with thoughts of mourning, struggle and survival … images and words celebrating the arrival of Euro­pean culture and people can be deeply ­offensive to many.”
 
If you’re offended by the arrival of Anglo-European culture in Australia, let me suggest a few tips for decolonising the nation: turn off your radios, hand back your phones, smash your computers and TVs, toss out your toilet, give back your antibiotics, soap and running water, burn the vines and bulldoze the university, forget the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, ­Mozart, Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, democracy, formal equality, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, the English language, newspapers, cars, aeroplanes, movies, jeans. And switch off the lights on your way back to the cave.
 
Like some indigenous Australians, my Scottish kin are keen for a postcolonial existence. They want to take Scotland back from the English. It’s a given that the English can be boorish even as they claim cultural superiority over all mankind. Nothing says the Empire is dead like a slow train to Slough. Yet even dead Empire is preferable to postcolonialism and the puritanical activists paving the way to perdition.
 
The Scottish experiment in decolonisation includes recovery of the Gaelic language, indigenous food, dancing and attire. In short, grunting, haggis, ceilidhs and kilts. It’s all good fun until some puritan spots an Englishman hiding in the tartan.
 
Like indigenous movements worldwide, the Scottish independence movement has a web of alliances that include Islamist states. Some Scots believe that as countries like Palestine share a history of colonisation, they are natural allies in the fight for a postcol­onial future. Just don’t mention jihad, lads.
 
Palestine is a favourite pity object for the European left but anti-Israeli sentiment is growing in the US also. The Statesman ­reported a recent event at the University of Pennsylvania where students classified Israelis planting trees in the West Bank as eco-­imperialists. One speaker wanted to “show through postcolonial theory how we can problematise the idea of forestation … how intersectionality can affect human rights as well as the ecosystem and how it can serve the neocolonialist propaganda”. The ­speakers certainly succeeded in problematising the idea of basic cognition.
 
In 2015, the Institute of Public Affairs found that postcolonialism-imperialism was the third most commonly offered history subject in 34 Australian universities. From 2004 to 2014, the number of Australian universities offering postcolonialism as a subject increased from 15 to 21.
 
Postcolonialism and critical race theory are commonly taught as part of indigenous studies in universities. The architect of postcolonialism, Frantz Fanon, advocated revolution not only against discrimination but the virtues of Western civilisation as well. In The Wretched of the Earth, he imagines a post­colonial state where: “All the Mediterranean values — the triumph of the human individual, of clarity, and of beauty — become lifeless … individualism is the first to disappear.”
 
The death of the individual, of clarity and beauty is a totalitarian dream.
 
Fanon believed the relationship of the colonial subject to the coloniser was characterised by envy. He wrote that the colonised subject “dreams of possession. Every type of possession: of sitting at the colonist’s table and sleeping in his bed, preferably with his wife. The colonised man is an envious man”.
 
There is no cure for envy. It is the most ­socially corrosive of all human emotions. As Gonzalo Fernandez de la Mora observed, even Marx sought to distinguish between “developed communism” based on the ideal of a scientific society and “undeveloped communism”, which was “envious”. Postcolonialism is the bastard child of vulgar communism. It heralds the emergence of envy as a motive force for society.
 
Thinking of Triple J’s hottest 100 brings back happy memories. Like many young Aussies, my mates and I often spent Australia Day recovering from the night before or going to dance parties in the dunes. We were aware of the bloody nature of Australia’s founding and the abhorrent mistreatment of indigenous people that followed. On that day, however, we didn’t celebrate invasion but the modern nation that Australia had ­become. We celebrated freedom, equality and our ability to reconcile honestly the ­horrors of the past with the hope of the ­present. On January 26 we rejoiced in the siren song of the national anthem, to be “young and free”.
 
The green-left loves to spoil national unity. It trades in disunity and social division. Moves by local councils and ABC radio to spoil Australia Day represent the miserable left’s fear of a people united in the spirit of modern patriotism. Ignore them. Turn on another radio station and dance until dawn with the first peoples, the descendants of seafaring adventurers, the 20th century ring-ins and all the late arrivals — first generation ­immigrants like me.
 
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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/australian-students-beguiled-by-allure-of-the-cultural-left/news-story/87c67d26f7926a7cc4092df55072adc3

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Those doubting whether Australia’s education system has been captured by the cultural left need look no further than the results of the 2016 Years 6 and 10 civics and citizenship survey.

Given the politically correct nature of state and territory curriculums, it should not be surprising that students exhibit a strong cultural-left view of social issues and social movements.

In the report detailing students’ responses, released today, the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority quite happily boasts “it is heartening to note that the percentages of students demonstrating positive attitudes towards Australian indigenous culture and Australian diversity have increased significantly since 2010”.

In addition to strongly supporting “the cultural traditions and languages of indigenous cultures”, the ACARA report notes that students believe “immigrants should be encouraged to keep their cultural traditions and languages”, plus “all Australians should learn about different cultures and traditions at school”.

Not only does the civics and citizenship survey provide evidence that the curriculum pushes multiculturalism and indigenous perspectives, the report also notes students regard as most important “making personal efforts to protect natural resources (eg water saving, recycling, ethical shopping)”.

At the Year 6 level, 85 per cent of students rate highly “taking part in activities promoting human rights”, 89 per cent similarly with “activities to protect the environment” and 90 per cent “making personal efforts to protect natural resources”.

Year 10 students also show a strong commitment to being politically correct, with 77 per cent believing they should “promote human rights”, 79 per cent wanting to take part in activities “to protect the environment” and 85 per cent wanting to make “personal efforts to protect the natural resources”.

Similar to the poor performance in the recent PIRLS international literacy test where our students are ranked 21 out of 50 countries, the results for civics and citizenship are also cause for alarm. When measuring the number of students at or above the proficient level, only 38 per cent of Year 10 students reach the required standard while the figure for Year 6 students is 55 per cent.

The fact boys are generally outperformed by girls in the civics survey, as they are in reading and writing, and performance in Year 12 examinations, also proves how effective the feminist movement has been in taking control of the curriculum.

 
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 Meanwhile, the kids in North Korea are learning Chemistry and Physics.  It doesn't bode well for us.
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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/rita-panahi/rita-panahi-immigrants-to-australia-must-embrace-western-values-and-assimilate/news-story/caa17ab660165c724dc810b7c18c1643?nk=71c46b018ce913512dcac7f2077fb3ed-1513509749

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THERE is enough crime in Australia without successive governments importing large numbers of people incapable or unwilling to respect our laws.
 
Elements of the Lebanese and Sudanese population continue to be over-represented in crime statistics, dramatically so in somecategories. Sudanese-born youth are more than 120 times as likely to commit an aggravated burglary, according to Victorian Crime Statistics Agency figures.
 
We learnt last year that two-thirds of those arrested for terrorism-related offences in Australia were from second- and third-generation Lebanese Muslim backgrounds.
 
And yet the mere mention of this by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, who noted the folly of Malcolm Fraser’s “Lebanon concession”, sent the usual race-baiting malcontents into a victim-playing frenzy with predictable cries of “racism” and “xenophobia”.
 
Lebanese Muslim Association president Samier Dandan accused the government of having a “toxic, assimilationist, nationalist” agenda and labelled Dutton’s comments “racist”, while Fairfax feminists called for his sacking.
 
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young called Dutton “a racist bigot” and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten demanded he apologise for his “ignorant stupidity” and the “disgraceful comments he made about migrants in Australia”.
 
The Left’s customary reaction to inconvenient yet indisputable facts is to scream “Nazi, racist, bigot, Islamophobe” in the hope of silencing opposing views.
 
Such smears can be an effective tool in shutting down debate but they do not change the data or the incidence of violent crime. Figures released this year show that in 2016, one in seven Sudanese-born Victorians aged 10 to 24 was charged with a crime. Muslims are dramatically over-represented in the prison population: 9 per cent of prisoners, including 20 per cent of maximum-security prisoners, are from Muslim backgrounds. A remarkable figure, given only about 3 per cent of the population identify as Muslim. The statistics mirror what we’ve seen in NSW, and present serious concerns for the criminal justice system, particularly given the growing Muslim population in Australia.
 
Of course, most crime in this country is committed by Australian-born offenders, given that they are the vast majority of the population. But it is the extraordinary over-representation of some groups that needs attention.
 
People born in Sudan have the highest imprisonment rate in the country, according to 2014 Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.
 
Among the most troubling aspects is the level and incidence of violence perpetrated by young offenders, particularly during aggravated burglaries, assaults and home invasions.
 
Sudanese-born youths aged 10 to 18 are responsible for 13.9 per cent of aggravated robberies and 7.44 per cent of home invasions in Victoria, despite being only 0.11 per cent of the population.
 
The level to which they are over-represented is not something that can be ignored. Nor can we continue to uncritically accept mealy-mouthed justifications from so-called community leaders and taxpayer-funded appeasers.
 
Last week, we saw hundreds of “youths of African appearance” involved in a prolonged brawl around the St Kilda foreshore. Over several hours, they were involved in assaults, thefts and property damage, and yet police failed to make an arrest.
 
Inspector Jason Kelly said: “Their behaviour was just totally unacceptable, and I’d call on them to come forward … before we track them down.”
 
Surely such obvious criminality in a public place should see scores arrested, not just a call for the culprits to come in at their leisure.
 
Later that same day, County Court judge Elizabeth Gaynor allowed a young offender, who was spared jail despite arming himself with a sledgehammer during terrifying jewellery store robberies that netted over $200,000, to holiday in Sudan while on bail.
 
The decision was made despite concerns from prosecutors that Akon Mawien, 20, was a flight risk.
 
Is it any wonder that people are losing faith in the justice system?
 
As someone who has long advocated for both Australia’s high skilled immigration intake, as well as our generous humanitarian program, I understand the damage that is done when a minority of immigrants fail to assimilate.
 
A number of recent polls show that a majority of Australians want to cut immigration, and around half support a full or partial ban on Muslim immigration.
 
Nothing turns the mainstream against immigration more than lawlessness and disrespect. It goes without saying that the vast majority of migrants are proud, productive members of Australian society and many migrant communities are under-represented in crime and imprisonment rates.
 
New Australians are often more patriotic and protective of this country than those fortunate enough to have been born here.
 
For many of us, this is truly the lucky country: welcoming, tolerant, peaceful and prosperous.
 
But for any individual or group to successfully integrate into Australian life, there needs to be an adherence to certain non-negotiables, including respecting the law. Assimilation is not a dirty word. It is not only desirable, but imperative for a cohesive society. If you can’t embrace core Western values of freedom, democracy and equality, then you have no business migrating to Australia.
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THIS week the great majority of Australians, including those who identify as Aboriginal, will celebrate the end of the Stone Age on this continent.
 
A handful of backward ­progressives, chiefly the Greens and those employed by the ABC and Fairfax, will mount a campaign against this celebration. In their narrative, the dawning of modern civilisation in Australia brought about an unmitigated tragedy for which we all must admit ­responsibility and keep paying atonement.
 
This is sheer ­lunacy, but the progressives are renowned for fighting change. In the US, for example, it was the Democrats, not the Republicans, who fought to keep blacks enslaved.
 
Similarly here, it was Labor that kept the White Australia policy alive well into the latter half of last century.
 
Now we find that some ­musicians are upset because Australian Conservative Party leader Senator Cory Bernardi has composed a list of 10 songs and put it before the people.
 
It includes Men at Work’s Down Under, Cold Chisel’s Khe Sanh, John Farnham’s You’re The Voice, Icehouse’s Great Southern Land, Peter Allen’s I Still Call Australia Home, Judith Durham, Russell Hitchcock and ­Yunupingu’s I Am Australian, Goanna’s Solid Rock and Slim Dusty’s A Pub With No Beer.
 
Tim Rogers, of You Am I, Savage Garden’s Darren Hayes, Men at Work, Jimmy Barnes, Powderfinger, The Hilltop Hoods and Icehouse have all called for their songs to be removed. Their complaints remind us how stupid artists can be when they enter the realms of politics.
 
Recall all those idiots in bell-bottom trousers who gave Gough Whitlam their grinning support, or those who flocked to Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard in open-mouthed awe?
 
Or how about all the ­Hollywood-lites who said they would flee the US if Donald Trump was elected? With the US stock market booming, all they want to do now is check their bitcoin balances and their share portfolios — when they aren’t finding something new in black to wear as a protest against that great Democrat fundraiser Harvey Weinstein.
 
ABC presenter Kim Landers sounded shocked when ­Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion told her on ­Friday that not one ­Aboriginal figure had raised the issue of changing the date of Australia Day with him.
 
“So not a single indigenous person has ever expressed to you, as the Indigenous Affairs Minister, that they want the date changed,” she asked ­incredulously.
 
“That’s correct, that’s correct. Absolutely correct,” ­Mr Scullion said.
 
“We have NAIDOC Week, we have Sorry Day, we have Reconciliation Week, we have Mabo Day. If you want to divide the nation, this is how we go down that line.”
 
But those who want to change the date aren’t really interested in what Aboriginals actually think, they’re into ­the virtue signalling that plays so well to inner-urban audiences where flying the Aboriginal flag signifies solidarity with something — just not the real issues that beset communities in ­remote areas of the nation.
 
They’re the ones who have so readily shown their abject dopiness by embracing the ­ersatz Welcome to Country and smoking ceremonies, which are now mandated at civil ceremonies despite the fact they are fabrications.
 
The popular Aboriginal ­entertainer Ernie Dingo and his collaborator Richard Walley put the welcome ceremony together at the ­request of the federal government for visiting troupes of ­Pacific dancers. Mr Dingo and Dr Walley said dancers from New Zealand and the Cook ­Islands refused to perform ­unless they were officially welcomed, because they believed it would be culturally wrong.
 
Both men agree that their fabricated ceremony would be devalued if it became mandatory — as it has.
 
As Aboriginal politician Bess Price noted bluntly: “All the Welcome to Country, all the smoking ceremonies and all the made-up bullshit rituals about paying our respects to elders past and present is just one big lie!
 
“Shame, shame, shame!”
 
Both Mrs Price and her daughter, Alice Springs councillor Jacinta Price, have been targeted on social media since she helped former federal Labor leader Mark Latham launch a “Save Australia Day” ad campaign.
 
Using the same sort of ­aggressive, abusive language as some of the musicians who want Senator Bernardi to stop mentioning their music, low-life trolls have posted bullying comments about the brave Price women.
 
By any measure Australia is a fortunate country.
 
We have not had the heartbreak of division that led to civil wars in other great ­democracies.
 
This is not to ­ignore the plight of the many Australians who live in squalor, ­despite the billions ($33 billion on Aboriginal welfare alone) spent annually. But our nation is a beacon for millions trapped in totalitarian nations, particularly those ruled by Islamist despots.
 
Those seeking to change the date of Australia Day aren’t bent on making things better for those less well off. They are displaying their hatred of Australia.
 
They are still living in the Stone Age.
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AUSTRALIAN celebrities have learnt nothing from their US brethren about the fatuity of playing politics. Other than alienating half their potential audience — closer to 90 per cent if they’re slamming Australia Day — artists tend to do their political cause more harm than good.
 
Just about every actor, singer, athlete and comedian publicly backed Hillary Clinton and we all know how well that turned out. There’s been much written about how Clinton’s celebrity endorsements were ultimately counter-productive.
 
That those in the artistic community lean further Left than the average member of the socialist alliance is nothing new, but now they can share their harebrained views of the world via social media.
 
They say never meet your heroes to save yourself disappointment. The same could be said about following them on social media where you’re typically regaled with insipid, ill-informed political insights on everything from border protection (it’s bad and racist) to Australia Day (it’s bad and racist).
 
It not only betrays how hopelessly out of touch most musicians and actors are with the mainstream but is also a sobering reminder that prolonged drug use can severely diminish cognitive skills. Stay off the pipe, kids.
 
The campaign against our national day is as tiresome as it is futile and assorted celebrities jumping on the miserable activist bandwagon isn’t going to change hearts and minds.
 
Let’s be honest: changing the date or the name of the day won’t change a thing other than rewarding the loudest, most divisive agitators. It would not make one iota of difference to those genuinely disadvantaged in remote communities nor shut up the self-loathers who just want an outlet for their unending supply of outrage.
 
If you’ve had the misfortune of watching or listening to the ABC or reading the plethora of Leftist publications, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Australia Day is a celebration of genocide and white power.
 
Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of the country love the national day for what it actually represents and want it to remain on January 26, despite the nonsense put forward recently by a Leftist “think tank”.
 
Last year a poll commissioned by The Guardian, but carried out by a reputable polling company, found that 85 per cent wanted to keep Australia Day on January 26, with a similar number against any efforts to rename the day.
 
Despite the years of media coverage painting the day as deeply divisive, only 6 per cent of Australians felt negatively towards Australia Day.
 
Sadly, it’s that 6 per cent who are given disproportionate coverage in the media.
 
Among migrants, support for Australia Day was even higher, with 87 per cent against changing the date.
 
Even among indigenous Australians, only one in three felt negatively about Australia Day, while half supported changing the date. Hardly the consensus that we’ve been sold.
 
Less scientific polls completed in recent days back up those findings, including a Channel Seven poll that showed three in four are against changing the date.
 
It’s clear that, just like the rest of the population, there is great diversity of opinion among the indigenous community and it’s time we listened to a broader range of voices rather than the usual dial-a-quote activists.
 
Aboriginal leaders such as Jacinta Price and Dr Anthony Dillon are fed up with the annual debate.
 
“Dumping Australia Day is a bad idea firstly because it’s a distraction from more serious issues like child abuse, violence, homelessness and unemployment and, secondly, it promotes the myth that Aboriginal people are upset by a date,” Dr Dillon told the Herald Sun. “If you really want to help Aboriginal people, do something practical. People celebrate that day because Australia is a great place to live ... no one is celebrating genocide.”
 
Price believes the “crippling state of mourning” encouraged by some in the community is damaging.
 
“The future is far more important to me than our past,” she wrote. “Why aren’t these people who protest about changing the date as concerned about the Aboriginal people affected by domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse? Why aren’t the marches for murdered Aboriginal women as big as the marches on Australia Day? I don’t want anyone to feel guilty or bad for feeling joy and celebrating a country we love.”
 
If you live in Australia, whether you were fortunate enough to be born here or migrated here as I have, then you have won the lottery of life.
 
In a relatively short period Australia has become a nation that we can all be immensely proud of: a tolerant, welcoming and peaceful corner of the world. We are one of the most desirable places on the planet to call home and have built a peaceful, prosperous and egalitarian society.
 
Having the likes of Darren Hayes, Pat Cash, Shane Jacobson or Jimmy Barnes jump on the “change-the-date” bandwagon will not do anything other than irritate a few of their fans.
 
Australians are too smart to be swayed by celebrity opinion. Barnes in particular has been particularly active on social media in recent weeks.
 
The rocker and sometime cruise-boat crooner took to twitter to abuse Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg and most recently Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi.
 
The reaction of certain musicians to Bernardi’s Australia Day playlist was particularly petulant. Fancy a musician trying to dictate who can or cannot listen to their music or add their track to a Spotify playlist.
 
The more we discuss Australia Day, the clearer it is that there is a chasm between community sentiment and attitudes pushed by media, political and celebrity class.
 
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Australia Day is still important. The nation would be unwise — and seen by later generations as foolish — if it did not proclaim its legitimacy, and its successes and even failures too, on one special day.
 
Admittedly, many critics deride January 26 as Invasion Day, though they read their history backwards. Captain Arthur Phillip had no intention of launching an invasion that would eventually cover and conquer even a fraction of Australia.
 
He made no claims whatsoever to the sites of Darwin or Perth. He was interested only in the area close to Sydney Harbour, which he acquired with ease. It was easy because the Aborigines were divided; many welcomed him at first.
 
The British were more interested in sea than land. After Sydney Harbour their next choice was Norfolk Island, 1500km out to sea.
 
On February 14, 1788, almost three weeks after that first Australia Day, sailors and convicts left Sydney to occupy that remote ­island. There they were at work before Governor Phillip set eyes on Parramatta and the Hawkesbury River.
 
One attraction of Norfolk Island was that it might supply tall wooden masts in the era when sailing ships ruled the oceans. Moreover its distinctive flax plant might produce sails and ropes for ships. Neither goal succeeded, but half a century later the same flax was harvested in New Zealand and prized in English dockyards.
 
Every third or fourth year the governor-general should visit Norfolk Island on Australia Day and so impose perspective on our history. A cheerio to Sydney might be one of his duties that day.
 
For many Aborigines the year 1788, in retrospect, was a tragedy. Accordingly they maintain that a treaty protecting their lands and their culture should have been promptly signed with the British. But the confrontation in Sydney in 1788 was one of the most difficult in recorded history. The people who had just invented the steam engine were face-to-face with people, who, though rich in many branches of knowledge, could not boil water. The two peoples, face-to-face, had contrasting concepts of ownership, family, land, technology, territory, and death.
 
How could they negotiate a treaty that both sides would understand? Moreover, a treaty signed by a “nation” living near Sydney Harbour had no relevance or authority for a “nation” living near Canberra. In 1788 the Aborigines were bound to be the losers. This is the real cause of the persistent sense of injustice.
 
Ten thousand years ago all the peoples of the world — your ancestors and mine — were hunters and gatherers, but territory by territory they were replaced by stronger groups who were farmers and herd-keepers, who had stronger chieftains and raised well -equipped armies. By 1788 Australia, the last of the vast homelands of the hunters and gatherers, was in the line of fire. That it was divided into several hundred “nations” hastened its demise.
 
Then followed a long era when Aborigines suffered. Their population declined, many of their freedoms faded, their culture was shaken. Thousands were killed by Europeans, though the death toll through infectious diseases was far, far larger. It has to be said that daily life for a host of new Australians was also extremely difficult in some of these decades — until the welfare state arrived.
 
The Torres Strait Islanders had their own experience. With a gardening way of life very different to that of Aborigines, they were enticed into Australia’s realm by missionaries in 1871. They did not call it Invasion Day. They called it the Coming of the Light.
 
Sections of the media, universities and schools exaggerate the bad news. This is a powerful ingredient in the present criticism of Australia Day. These critics, putting on their black armbands, now imagine that before 1788 the Aborigines lived in a kind of paradise, from which later they were brutally and deliberately expelled.
 
Aboriginal life did have many virtues, and from the 1950s Australian archeologists, anthropologists, prehistorians and others rediscovered them. The nation owes them a debt. But the extreme concept of a paradise, wholesome and more spiritual than Australia today, has also won converts. They depict Aborigines as living in peace and harmony with one ­another and with nature. But the evidence, globally, is that these traditional societies suffered through warfare and that little children and women were often the victims. Massacres of Aborigines by Aborigines, however, are unlikely to find their way into the main textbooks. Their extinction of native fauna will rarely interrupt a school lesson.
 
For Aborigines — they did not usually hoard food — the devastation of a drought was deadly. In the 12th century, a dry time in much of this continent, a drought commenced in 1173 and ran for 39 years. Was the population of Australia painfully reduced by one quarter or more? A researcher will, one day, provide an estimate.
 
It used to be said dogmatically that Aborigines would never cope with the modern world. The last half century has undermined that prejudice. They attend universities in numbers unimaginable when Charles Perkins and Margaret Valadian graduated in the mid-1960s. They are in all the professions. Their leaders’ skill in political debate is conspicuous. Even the health of a large sector of Aborigines is transformed.
 
NSW has the largest indigenous population, and its babies have a longer expectation of life than my generation had as babies. In the far outback, where live a large minority of Aborigines, ill-health, household violence and illiteracy remain daunting problems.
 
Most indigenous people are better off than if they had remained, generation after generation, in their old way of life. Most newcomers to Australia — and their children — are better off than if they had stayed at home. Australia Day in its low-key way recog­nises these truths.
 
The loudest attacks on Australia Day come from those who are really attacking the legitimacy of their nation. They should ask themselves: do China, France, the US and Indonesia — with their various woes — so loudly inform the world that they lack legitimacy? To fly the flag at half mast on Australia Day is their tantrum.
 
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Douglas Murray in The Strange Death Of Europe argues that ‘Europe is committing suicide’ as a result of enemies within and without. The first involves Europe having ‘lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy’ as the cultural-Left’s political correctness movement sees nothing beneficial or worthwhile about the history, institutions and values on which Western civilisation is based. The second involves Islamic fundamentalism associated with the influx of millions of Muslim refugees as a result of war and dislocation in the Middle East and northern Africa. Along with importing customs and beliefs antithetical to Western culture, the death and chaos caused by Islamic terrorists is common place.
 
While not as extreme, the reality is that Australia is also facing an existential threat involving a virulent and powerful political correctness movement and, similar to Europe, the adverse impact of immigration and Islamic terrorism.
 
While examples like Qantas asking its flight attendants to stop using ‘mum’ and ‘dad’, Sydney University’s debating club enforcing gender diversity and Israel Folau being attacked as homophobic for criticising gays are recent examples, the political correctness movement has been active for years. The late 60s and early 70s was not only the time of Vietnam moratoriums, flower power, Woodstock and Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch; it was also a time when the cultural-Left began its long march through the institutions.
 
Especially influential, as argued by the conservative British politician Michael Gove in Celsius 7/7, was the German based Frankfurt School where academics argued the Left could only overthrow capitalism by engaging in the culture wars. Gove writes ‘In place of anger at traditional capitalism, scorn was directed at the reigning value systems of the West’ and as a result ‘politics changed from an argument about economic organisation to a series of assertions of identity’. Since the instigation of the culture wars, institutions fundamental to the survival, peace and prosperity of Western nations like Australia, including universities, schools, the media and the church and family, have been infiltrated and undermined.
 
Surveys in England and the USA demonstrate that the majority of those in the media and education are left-leaning and hostile towards conservatives and the grand narrative associated with the rise of Western civilisation. On the ABC, conservative commentators are rare as supposedly impartial and balanced current affairs shows including Q&A, RN’s Breakfast and Insiders showcase a never-ending parade of cultural-left acolytes including Paul Barry, Virginia Trioli, Jon Faine, Fran Kelly and Phillip Adams.
 
Week after week such commentators critique mainstream values and act as apologists for a litany of cultural-left causes involving: identity politics, victimhood, virtue signalling, global warming, environmental destruction and the foolishness of the ‘deplorables’ in electing a supposedly incompetent President.
 
As argued by Australia’s preeminent historian, Geoffrey Blainey, instead of acknowledging the achievements of European settlement, universities and schools indoctrinate students with a black armband view arguing that Australia was invaded and that Aborigines suffered genocide. At the University of Sydney academics argue that a liberal-humanist view of education in subjects like history, literature, art and music enforce ‘whiteness’ – defined as privileging a Eurocentric, binary and patriarchal view that inculcates ‘racism, sexism, classism, historical injustice and prejudice based on religion’. Even science is not immune from the charge of ‘whiteness’ with two American academics arguing Western science based on rationality and empiricism imposes ‘a hegemonic racial dominance that… is almost invisible’.
 
Universities such as Flinders, Sydney and UNSW now have Diversity Toolkits that argue Australia was ‘invaded’, Captain Cook didn’t ‘discover’ Australia and it’s wrong to describe pre-European indigenous cultures as ‘primitive’.
 
Identity politics ensures so-called minority groups and individuals are privileged in what is seen as a hostile white, binary, sexist and racist environment. In schools, the Marxist inspired Safe Schools gender and sexuality program indoctrinates primary and secondary school students with the mistaken belief that gender is fluid and that they have the power to decide what they want to be. And the alternatives, in the words of La Trobe University’s Roz Ward, are limitless on the basis that ‘Marxism offers both the hope and the strategy needed to create a world where human sexuality, gender and how we relate to our bodies can blossom in extraordinary new and amazing ways that we can only try to imagine today’.
 
At the same time the cultural-left and the political correctness movement are destroying pride in Western civilisation, much of the UK, Europe and to a lesser extent Australia are suffering from multiculturalism’s unwillingness to accept that aspects of the Islamic religion are hostile to our way of life.
 
As argued by Ayaan Hirsi Ali in Heretic, Islam is not a religion of peace as proven by the call to carry out a fatwa against unbelievers, to establish an Islamic caliphate ruled by sharia law and to impose dhimmi on those who have been subjugated. Those advocating multiculturalism argue that celebrating diversity and difference is more important than acknowledging and being committed to the values, beliefs, institutions and way of life that makes Australia and other Western cultures unique. If all cultural beliefs and practices are equally valid then on what basis does one condemn female genital mutilation and theocracy as law?
 
Whether London, Paris, Belgium’s Molenbeek or Western Sydney and Melbourne’s Tarneit, the reality is that immigrants from northern Africa and the Middle East represent a clear and present danger as they have failed to assimilate.
 
Whether youth gangs trashing property and invading homes or ghettos becoming breeding grounds for Islamic terrorists executing attacks, the evidence is clear that multicultural advocates are complicit in undermining social cohesion and national identity. At the very time Western civilisation is being attacked by Islamic fundamentalism, countries like Australia are being weakened and undermined by the cultural-Left. The irony, like Lenin’s useful idiots, is that those committed to political correctness are destroying the very values, institutions and way of life that guarantee their freedom.
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... Israel Folau being attacked as homophobic for criticising gays

Q: What is God's plan for homosexuals?
A by Israel Folau: Hell, unless thay repent their sins and turn to God.

Sounds pretty much like homophobia to me. You could say it's just ignorant bigotry and not real prejudice, but that's a difference that makes no difference as far as I am concerned. Certainly, a person who publicly expressed such views as a professional sportsman would not get off scot-free, as Folau did. without claiming religion as an excuse. I wish it were no longer accepted as one.
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https://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/western-civilisation-course-at-the-anu-sparks-uproar/news-story/e1beddf1284efd16e7d9d3df995d654f

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An unprecedented scholarship program to encourage the study of Western civilisation is facing a backlash from within the first university selected to participate, with staff and students accusing the philanthropic group behind it of pushing a “racist” and “radically conservative agenda”.

The National Tertiary Education Union and the Australian National University Student ­Association have intervened in negotiations between the university and the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation over a proposal to establish an undergraduate degree that could see up to 40 students offered scholarships in the first two years worth $25,000 a year each.

In a letter to vice-­chancellor Brian Schmidt this week, NTEU ANU branch president Matthew King expressed “grave concerns” and warned of a potential backlash if the finalised agreement were perceived to compromise the university’s core principles.

Mr King singled out a Quadrant article written by Ramsay Centre director and former prime minister Tony Abbott in which he “implies that the Ramsay Centre would wield considerable influence over staffing and curriculum decisions”.

“If this is true, we are very concerned that this would violate the core principles of academic freedom, integrity and independence, and reflects an ignorance of, or disregard for, the role of the academic board as final arbiter of academic standards,” Mr King wrote.

“If the Ramsay Centre agreement is perceived to compromise on these principles, it will be ­rejected by staff, students and other stakeholders and could lead to significant anger, protest and ­division.”

Mr King, who is employed as a technical officer, told The Australian academic staff and non-academic staff, and students, had raised concerns around the proposal. The union has been backed by the student association, which has also written to the vice-chancellor, while a separate student petition has been established ­opposing the deal.

ANUSA president Eleanor Kay told the campus newspaper, ANU Observer, that Western civilisation was often used as “a rhetorical tool to continue the racist prioritisation of Western history over other cultures”. She said there was “value to learning from Western civilisation” without prioritising it over others.

 

Ms Kay was not available for comment yesterday. ANUSA education officer Harry Needham said students had multiple concerns, including lack of consultation around what was “more than a philanthropic donation” involving an organisation with a “politically loaded board”.

The Ramsay Centre, based in Sydney, is chaired by former Liberal prime minister John Howard. As well as Mr Abbott, its directors include former Labor leader Kim Beazley, who is now governor of Western Australia.

The proposed Bachelor of Western Civilisation, due to commence next year, is understood to be the first course of its kind in Australia and is the brainchild of late healthcare mogul Paul Ramsay, who bequeathed part of his $3.3 billion fortune to revive the neglected study of the liberal arts.

After its launch March last year, the Ramsay Centre sought expressions of interest from universities seeking to establish undergraduate degrees in Western civilisation based on the great books courses taught at top liberal arts colleges in the US.

ANU was the first university invited to enter detailed negotiations after the centre opened in March last year. It is understood the centre is hoping to announce a conditional agreement with a second university within months. Up to 100 scholarships could be established under deals with two or three universities over time.

While Mr Abbott in his Quadrant article ­published last month stressed Ramsay was not “oblivious to the deficiencies” of Western civilisation, his comment about the Ramsay Centre being “not merely about Western civilisation but in favour of it”, has ruffled some feathers.

Ramsay Centre chief executive Simon Haines yesterday defended the process. “The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation is completely committed to academic freedom, integrity and independence,” he said. “University autonomy itself is a bastion of Western civilisation.”

Professor Haines declined to comment on the ANU negotiations or internal university ­matters.

An ANU spokeswoman said the university was not in a position to make an announcement on the outcome of negotiations. “The university has a long history of managing donations and gifts from a range of private and public donors,” the spokeswoman said.

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https://www.spectator.com.au/2018/06/abbott-right-to-fight-the-left-ramsay-centre/

Here an example of the Left's control of Australian universities shutting down opposing ideas.

And there's this:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/nsw-labor-wants-to-ditch-queens-birthday-for-indigenous-day/news-story/dfe28cd5cb45d8dfaf94a0c5a2088a76
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https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt-vicious-hatred-of-the-west-cant-end-well/news-story/44e5476e3c12d5fa84303b50c9aaf9fd

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I FLEW back into Australia last week from a holiday and thought again: what a brilliant country.

Europe was great. But, boy, there’s a reason so many people are so frantic to join us here that thousands just jumped in a boat.

They sure didn’t sail here because we’re racist, sexist, mean and violent.

No, even the poorest boat person seems to understand this country better than the university-educated sneerers here now howling down their own civilisation — this Western civilisation.

I’m talking about people like Lily, who bobbed up on the ABC’s Q&A on Monday.

She’s an education officer of Sydney University’s student union and on Q&A attacked a plan by the Ramsay Centre to donate $2 million a year to teach Western civilisation.

That offer has already been rejected by the Australian National University and Lily, a Socialist Alternative activist, was outraged that her own university might accept it instead.

“In the words of Ramsay Centre board director and infamous racist Tony Abbott, the proposed course is not merely about Western civilisation — it’s in favour of it,” she protested.

“Sydney University academics … have described the centre as purely European supremacy … The Ramsay Centre billionaires seek to whitewash colonialism and promote racism and war.”

Abbott is, of course, not a racist.

Socialists trade in such hatred and smears to cut greater people to their own bitter size.

But focus instead on Lily’s other hatred — her claim that Western civilisation is an evil that just promotes racism, war and oppression, rather than a miracle that produced democracy, the rule of law, respect for the individual and free speech.

Yes, Lily is young, so blame adults — including academics — for teaching her this contempt.

And blame adults on the Q&A panel last Monday for refusing to challenge it.

Take Michael Spence, Sydney University’s vice-chancellor. Universities are a glory of Western civilisation, so you’d expect Spence to tell Lily to respect it.

But no. He instead assured her he was leery about taking the Ramsay Centre’s money: “We don’t think a course that evaluates the contribution of Western civilisation makes sense.”

Panellist Aubrey Blanche, head of “Diversity and Belonging” at the software company, Atlassian, also wasn’t keen on this Western civilisation stuff — apparently a product of thugs.

“Is what we actually need more looking at the lens of the world through the Western canon?” she sighed.

“The majority of history has been written by the colonisers and the conquerors, right?”

Labor MP Tim Watts, at least, was “in favour of Western civilisation”, but even he said he’d rather focus on its flaws: “The thing that most interests me about the Enlightenment-era philosophers are the mistakes they made.”

THIS suicidal self-loathing wasn’t just contained to that ABC studio, either. The National Tertiary Education Union — representing the people who teach your children — has savaged the Ramsay Centre’s plan as a sinister attempt “to demonstrate and promulgate the alleged superiority of Western culture and civilisation”.

ANU student association president Eleanor Kay was just as angry: “Western civilisation is often used as a rhetorical tool to continue the racist prioritisation of Western history over other cultures.”

Pardon? It hardly seems racist for people in a Western society like ours to want to understand the history that created this miracle.

Yet how casually our elite trashes a civilisation that has produced one of the safest, richest and free societies ever known. Just last weekend, ABC newsreader Juanita Phillips tweeted: “Perhaps any study of Western Civilisation could examine how and why violence against women is such an integral and accepted part of it.”

We “accept” violence against women?

Blatantly false. Women are freer in our society than probably anywhere else at any time.

But Phillips didn’t stop there. She last week also presented a news report on ABC television about an Islamic man arrested trying to allegedly commit an act of Islamic terrorism, yet not once did that report mention Islam.

How often Islamic civilisation — or China’s — is spared the stick our elites use to beat our own.

For instance, our universities reject a grant to teach Western civilisation, yet 13 gladly took cash from communist China for Confucius centres to promote Chinese language and culture.

Others take money from authoritarian Muslim countries. The ANU, for instance, accepted $2 million from each from Dubai, Iran and Turkey for its Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies.

These universities will now produce a new elite, even quicker to smear Western civilisation and whitewash its competitors.

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it's not very often you post one of these articles and I pretty much agree with everything said, but I did with this one. Equality and diversity I am all for, but not when it's equality and diversity that excludes whites and white culture. You don't actually have to put down one culture in order to celebrate another, you know. And if you do, there is nothing either equal or diverse about it.
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Andrew Bolt on Left academia:
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/the-academics-who-prove-we-need-western-civ/news-story/559b7341834cf929896bbb5dee118b08

Some Quadrant pieces worth reading:
http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2018/07/fascists-faux-real/
http://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2018/07/secret-world-academia/
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The road to revolution is paved with purges. Minority fundamentalists have taken to denouncing dissenters as “race traitors”. Indigenous, black and Asian people who want more than minority status are called Uncle Toms or coconuts, or branded with other modern variants of the scarlet letter. The torrent of hatred is excused by bigots, black and white, as long as the bigotry conforms to fashionable orthodoxy on race.
 
When business adviser and indigenous leader Warren Mundine was called an Uncle Tom online recently, I recalled the other vile term commonly used to disparage indigenous and black freethinkers: coconut. I heard it for the first time at a dinner party with university colleagues. We were discussing the direction of indigenous studies in Australia and I suggested that Marcia Langton’s work provided an interesting counterpoint to cultural relativism in the academic literature on violence against indigenous women and children. A colleague shut down the discussion with three little words and a sneer: “She’s a coconut.” I didn’t understand: “What’s a ‘coconut’?” The dinner guests — all white women — sniggered. The reply was uttered without any pause to furnish hope for redemptive shame: “Brown on the outside, white on the inside.”
 
Political commentator and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin drew attention to the newer forms of racism directed at freethinkers from culturally diverse groups. As a woman with Filipino heritage who leans right of centre, Malkin has experienced left-wing racism first-hand. She recounts being called a “white man’s puppet”, “Tokyo Rose”, “Manila whore”, “banana, coconut and Oreo”. She returned fire recently by compiling a list of prominent conservatives and independent thinkers accused of being “an ‘Uncle Tom’ or some other vitriolic variation on the overplayed left-wing theme of being a traitor to their race or gender”.
 
As I wrote in 2015, PC bigotry enables mis­ogynist and racist attacks to become mainstream by presenting social justice as a reasonable defence for them. Enlightenment thinker Ayaan Hirsi Ali is another victim of the vile trend. For example, left-wing activist journalist Sam Hamad described her as “a perfect little brown-skinned conduit” for the views of “white males”. The imagery is disgusting and indefensible.
 
Newer forms of racism often are directed at conservatives, but the general target is any freethinker who dissents from the PC line on major issues. Often, the abuse is intraracial. After indigenous woman Jacinta Price rejected activist calls to cancel Australia Day, she was subjected to racist abuse by other indigenous people. About 80 racist comments were dumped on her Facebook page, including a death threat: “How bout you f..king die a painful death u sell out cocanut (sic).”
 
In conversation with The Australian, Price took aim at racist abusers, saying they were likely to be “middle class” indigenous people because “bush mob just wouldn’t behave or talk in such a way”. Mundine agreed, saying he received such abuse from academics “who claim to be against racism (and) bigotry” yet use “the most bigoted racial taunts”.
 
Many “Uncle Toms” are successful in fields once closed to racial minorities such as academe, business, law, politics or the police force. Norman Randall was one of the first African-Americans to join the police force in his town when segregation was still enforced in some schools and restaurants. In an interview with Baltimore’s Capital Gazette, he described the hostility he received from both whites and blacks, saying of the latter: “If you were black and you joined the white establishment, you were an Uncle Tom.”
 
The Uncle Tom slur is racist abuse with a long history. It is based on a fictional character from the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin but became a term of derision used to ostracise black people who told unpalatable truths or eschewed the culture of low expectations.
 
Economist Walter Williams described the pressure brought on black academics to conform to race orthodoxy in universities and the media. In a 1997 article for Capitalism Magazine he wrote: “During the 70s and 80s, Dr Thomas Sowell and I came under scurrilous attacks for our departures from the conventional wisdom on race by the news media, campus intellectuals and members of the civil rights establishment … Carl Rowan said in his nationally syndicated column, ‘Vidkun Quisling, in his collaboration with the Nazis, surely did not do as much damage to the Norwegians as Sowell is doing to the most helpless of black Americans’.”
 
The nastiness of racism is offensive, but more offensive is its effect in suppressing the mastery of reason in the work of black intellectuals. There is fascinating literature demonstrating the evolution of black intel­lectuals through the power of public reason that cannot be understood — far less appreciated — if one side of it is suppressed. The dismissal of dissenting thought rein­forces the ugly stereotype that racial minorities are incapable of independent thought and public reason.
 
Human enlightenment is forged in the fire of intense intellectual debate made possible by freedom of thought and speech. It is long-form argument that lays the foundations for human progress.
 
Fruitful rivalries in the development of black intellectual thought include Booker T. Washington and WEB Du Bois; Marcus Garvey and Du Bois; Martin Luther King and Malcolm X; Randall Kennedy and Derrick Bell. The works of King, Kennedy and Sowell surpass race politics to offer a broad vision for human advancement.
 
As the tide of public opinion turns against white supremacy, new forms of racism are emerging. The endless cycle of prejudice can sow despair. But hope prevails in the songlines of King: “When we allow freedom to ring — when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet … we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last, Free at last, Great God a-mighty, We are free at last.”
 
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