Posted by: Gregoryno6 | January 26, 2020

Australia Day 2020 – the good, the sad, and the absurd.

Let’s start from the bottom of the list.

A couple of years ago the Invasion Day Brigade hoped to see Australia burn to the ground. This summer, they got their wish. They must be thinking it’s worth a try, then, to demand that eeeeevil white racist Australia PAY THE RENT.

Excuse me? The rent’s being paid. And paid, and paid, and paid.

Tim Wilms at The Unshackled:

It is worth briefly analyzing this new #paytherent slogan given the billions the Australian federal government spends on Aboriginal welfare, assistance, and community building every year in the federal budget. Then there is of course state and local government expenditure.

According to the Indigenous affairs overview in the 2019-20 Budget Review in the 2015-16 financial year, the federal government directly spent $14.7 billion on Indigenous people. In the context of total budget expenditure, the federal government spends 1.5 times as much on Indigenous people on a per-capita basis, or1.64 times as much if indirect spending such as transfers to the states and territories are included.

I’m not sure if these figures include royalties paid by mining companies to local indigenous communities when they set up business nearby. If not, there’d be a few hundred million extra in the pot.

Anyway, if the Indigenous Discontented want more, they’ve chosen completely the wrong way to raise it.

This year, supporters are being told to “pay the rent” as a form of reparation to Indigenous Australians for the colonisation of Australia by Britain beginning with the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.

The group organising the march, Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, will be collecting money at the rally, which they say will be put towards a funeral fund to help pay for Indigenous Australians to be buried.

Oh, Lord… they’re going to ask their fellow lefties to put their hands into their own pockets.

This might thin the attendance numbers somewhat!

Moving on.

Flags in New South Wales were lowered to half-mast on Friday to honour three Americans who died while assisting local firefighting efforts.

Captain Ian McBeth, Flight Officer Paul Hudson, and Flight Engineer Rick DeMorgan Jnr were killed when their C-10 Hercules crashed south of Canberra.

Photos: 9 News.

Captain Ian McBeth of Montana.

Flight Officer Paul Hudson of Arizona.

Flight Engineer Rick DeMorgan Jnr of Florida.

This has been a harsh fire season for all Australians, and we are saddened that these men, who came so far to help, have perished while assisting us.

Condolences to the families and friends of Ian, Paul, and Rick.

The good news is almost in the wtf category: Australian Of The Year is a (gasp) white bloke!

Dr James Muecke, Adelaide-based eye surgeon, was announced on Friday as the Australian Of The Year.

From the doctor’s page at the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness:

I love the fact that through Sight For All, I am having a far-reaching impact on all causes of blindness, many of which have been neglected in the developing world, conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and the blinding diseases of childhood. By training and equipping the trainers, our ophthalmic colleagues in Asia, our friends, my legacy is sustainable and already impacting on the lives of half a million people every year. But not just restoring sight and preventing blindness, my voluntary efforts are saving lives and helping to alleviate poverty in eight of the poorest countries in the world.

Good choice.

To all my readers, whether you’re one of the tribe or not – Happy Australia Day!

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