Adam Piggott

Gentleman adventurer

The Australia Day controversy.

Last Thursday was Australia Day. For my international readers, the date falls on the day that British captain Arthur Phillip landed in Sydney harbor with a rag-tag bunch of marines and convicts and established a colony to which all the nasty elements that his lords and masters couldn’t be bothered executing could be sent. To celebrate this occasion I did the very Australian thing – a barbeque with lots of tasty dead animal flesh, loads of cold frosty beers, and a game of cricket. Tally-ho, old boy!

But others in Australia do not celebrate this important day. They seethe with resentment. They go amongst the aborigines to stir up trouble. These people are referred to as the ‘black arm brigade’ and the label they bestow on our celebration is ‘invasion day’.

Writing in The Australian newspaper on the day itself, former conservative politician Ian Macfarlane argued that the national holiday had become too divisive and we should change the date to ‘make everyone happy’.

Why do I think we should we change the date from January 26? Simple. Because not all of us feel the same way about that date.

This is not about pleasing people, it is about uniting people. It’s about healing a wound, drawing a line, getting on with the really important issues facing our indigenous communities.

Macfarlane’s great mistake is to assume that if we give in to the demands of these treasonous dogs then we will make everyone happy. First of all, nothing will make this lot happy – their intention is to destroy Western civilization and Australia with it one step at a time. Secondly, adults understand that we do not make decisions to make everyone happy. Making everyone happy is impossible. There will always be a small amount of drop-kicks who like nothing more than to stir up trouble. You don’t stop them having their fun by giving them what they want. It just drives them to seek more and more concessions. They never want to be united. Unity is the last thing that this lot wants.

There is also no wound to heal. This so-called wound exists only in the small and undeveloped minds of the aforementioned trouble makers. Unfortunately as Macfarlane demonstrates, other minds that are only barely more developed have trouble understanding these issues. They think that by buying into the bullshit then they will achieve ‘great healing’ and make everyone love each other. The reality of course will be the opposite.

When Captain Phillip landed he found no army waiting for him to defeat. There was not a single shred of evidence of any civilization to be found among the scraggy wattle trees and bush scrub. Contrary to Macfarlanes’ assertions of ‘terrible wrongdoings’ being done against the aboriginal inhabitants, the British generally treated them with kindness and welcomed them into their camps and then towns.

The aborigines had been literally living in the stone age. The day that captain Phillip’s fleet landed was the beginning of their being lifted out of an existence that nobody else in their right mind would want to return to. Theirs was no banquet of lazy idyl. Their existed no so-called ‘welcome to country’ ceremonies. If an aboriginal of the tribe on one side of Sydney harbor was so unfortunate as to wander into the area of the tribe living on the other side then his life would be swiftly terminated. What would cause him to make such a grave error was the continual hunger that gnawed their scraggy bodies. A hunger that drove them to wrench tree saplings from the ground in a scramble to locate a handful of grubs. True environmentalists they.

Far from believing the lies of anarchist ratbags, Australian aborigines should be falling on their knees in gratitude on this great day. It is the day they were liberated from an age that the rest of the world had taken 40,000 years from which to drag themselves. And what did they think would have been the result if the British had not arrived? Do they really believe that they would still be living unmolested and undiscovered in their stone age existence? Perhaps today’s satellites orbiting the earth would just miss this rather large continent perched below Asia.

Heaven help the aborigines if the Spanish had turned up instead. We all know their track record in the New World. As soon as gold was discovered in Ballarat in eastern Victoria the aborigines would have been turned into slaves and sent in to dig the precious metal from the hard earth. In South America’s fabled ‘silver mountain’ the life expectancy of a local inhabitant was less than a week from when they were first sent into the mine in chains under their Spanish overlords.

Similar arguments could be made for the French and the Dutch. I don’t think that things would have been any better either if the Japanese had managed to get their act together and establish their first colony.

Australia Day is not a day for uniting Australians. It is a day for those who are mature enough to understand and honest enough to acknowledge that this was the moment when a new nation began to form, with no war or conquest and no enslavement of the indigenous inhabitants. A nation that for over two hundred years since has suffered no internal strife or civil war. We would do well  to continue this fine state of affairs by not giving in to these extreme elements.


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  1. “the national holiday had become too divisive and we should change the date to ‘make everyone happy’.”

    I really think this request highlights how insidious the mindset is.

    When it comes right down to it, what’s being celebrated is the arrival of the British to Australia. Either you think that’s a good thing…or you don’t. Either way, what’s the date got to do with it? It’s not like the day specifically makes a big difference. So this is a meaningless change designed to get people to accept the premise; once they’ve done that, and once they’ve thrown away the tradition coming with the date change, it’s much easier to just keep on chugging, until “Australia Day” becomes a non-holiday according to the government, or worse, a government-sanctioned day of Official White Guilt. Fuck them.

    …oh, also – rat-tag? You mean rag-tag?

    • LadyMoonlight

      “Official White Guilt” day. Psssssst…..shhhhhhhh…don’t give them any ideas or they will run with it!

    • Adam

      So this is a meaningless change designed to get people to accept the premise; once they’ve done that, and once they’ve thrown away the tradition coming with the date change, it’s much easier to just keep on chugging, until “Australia Day” becomes a non-holiday according to the government, or worse, a government-sanctioned day of Official White Guilt.

      That’s a really good point. I’ll be using it in the future.

      A ratbag is an Aussie insult.

      • Google, you’re failed me for the last time…

        I don’t think you’ll get many more chances this obvious though. This one was baaaaaaad.

  2. LadyMoonlight

    Adjectives to describe your article: outstanding article, truthful article, interesting article, articulate article, historically accurate article. I am sure there are more. Anyway, well done, as usual.

  3. The fact that humans have been supplanting one another since the dawn of man never seems to truly register in these people’s minds. Free migration of people with no borders, great! Free migration of people with no borders, the inevitable result, terrible! The dissonance required to hold those two thoughts simultaneously must rival the strong nuclear force.

    I often wonder about some people. Can they be let out without a minder?

    • Adam

      If there is one thing that the Left are really good at it’s cognitive dissonance.

  4. John Ricketts

    Nice article.

    Couple of things: The Israelites had the Crossing of the Red Sea. The Americans had Independence Day. In the interests of nationalism most new countries try to imitate the type, and contrive a formation date and celebrate it annually.

    Australia was formed slowly and without any war or divine intervention. Nonetheless the jingoistic have sought to contrive an Australia Day, or worse yet remember the catastrophe that was Gallipoli.

    Nationalism is divisive. It divides nations and races. Don’t be surprised if your own country is riven by schisms. It’s the nature of the beast.

    • David Moore

      “Nationalism is divisive. It divides nations and races.”

      What isn’t decisive? SJWs, for example, seek to divide people into special interest groups and then prioritise them based on their perceived level of victim-hood. The only reason they are against Australia Day is that it fails to give recognition to their hierarchy of victim-ness.

    • Adam

      Which is why it is better if nations are divided on racial lines as it was in the past before the “genius” of multiculturalism.

  5. Swedish Outdoor Guy Lars

    Here in Sweden it’s also considered “racist” to celebrate our national day. In fact it has become a day that celebrates multiculture. In Sweden there is less and less room for real Swedes and I see the same trajectory for all European countries from Canada, USA, Scandinavia to New Zealand.

    Good post, cobber.

    • Adam

      Sweden may yet end up saving the Western world by becoming a blueprint example of what will happen if action is not taken soon enough. And I say that with genuine sadness, (particularly remembering all of the Swedish babes of the past that I came into contact with …)

  6. R. Sherman

    Well, sure. But if Captain Phillip hadn’t shown up, Australia would even today be large blank spot on elementary school maps with the notation, “Here there be dragons.”

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