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Jan 25, 2010

Open thread - Australia Day edition

Welcome to another week and another open thread. Australia Day is upon us, which pretty much signals the end of the silly season for most of us. Every man and his dog seem to be using A

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Welcome to another week and another open thread. Australia Day is upon us, which pretty much signals the end of the silly season for most of us. Every man and his dog seem to be using Australia Day as an excuse to push whatever barrow of theirs can be tied to our national day, which provides ample opportunity for their opponents to loudly condemn them.

What do you make of the annual debates that surround Australia Day? Thoughts on the flag, anthem, the symbolism of the date are all welcome.

Personally, the Hottest 100 has been a big part of celebrating Australia Day in our household, but this year’s leaking of the winner, along with the new schedule that’ll see it finish at 8:30pm instead of 6 has taken the shine off a bit. How will you all be celebrating?

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25 thoughts on “Open thread – Australia Day edition

  1. confessions

    Of course this was entirely predicted when Abbot took over leadership:

    [But Abbott’s subtler points about how best to prevent opposition to high immigration were lost in a manufactured hubbub over racism. Those are chickens from 2001 and afterward coming home to roost. The Coalition spent so long demonizing asylum seekers and politicizing border security while in Government that its bad faith on immigration issues is automatically assumed.]

    [Nevertheless, that’s a practical example of a point that some of us have made about Abbott’s low “undecided” figures in polling: when people think they have a good idea of what you stand for, it’s pretty hard to break out of that stereotype, and all the harder if you’re careless enough to honestly answer questions. Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull, who both have daughters, may well have the same views on the same topic, but it’s a non-issue for them because they don’t carry such enormous, and self-imposed, baggage on such matters.]

    It really doesn’t matter what he says now, people remember the head kicker from the Howard years with some of the nastiest, personally abusive attacks made against peers and colleagues. It really is time for the embittered Howard dinosaurs to move on from politics.

  2. twobob

    George Monbiot has launched a website – http://www.arrestblair.org – whose purpose is to raise money as a reward for people attempting a peaceful citizen’s arrest of the former prime minister of Britain.
    There is a good story about why here

    I would be a great thing if some tech savy Australian did a similar thing for our honest john.

  3. twobob

    I have enjoyed the inquiry going on in Britain with regard to the legality of the Iraq invasion.
    I also wonder if honest john sleeps well at night when stories like this
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/27/2801990.htm keep popping up.

    I would dearly love to see bush blair and howard front a war crimes trial and I am certain that the bastards are squirming in their seats with every story that even suggests that the war was illegal.

  4. confessions

    A NYT article about Charles Johnson’s supposed change of mind. Reading it, and his blog post from last year it seems to me like he didn’t change his mind so much as no longer wants to be associated with the haters and woe-is-me whingers so common on the Right.