Australia Day: Invasion Day?

Posted in life, opinion, racism, responsibility on January 25th, 2023 by gaiaswisdom — Be the first to comment!

Time for some ‘truth telling’!

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What is Australia Day?

Australia Day is a national public holiday observed on 26 January – the day of the landing of the First Fleet in 1788 in Port Jackson (Sydney Cove) – after a false start at Botany Bay – which became Australia’s first colony and evolved into the City of Sydney. It is effectively the Foundation Day of New South Wales.

The First Fleet was made up of 11 ships: 2 Royal Navy vessels as escort; 3 store ships; and 6 convict transports led by Captain Arthur Phillip (later the first Governor of the colony). There were over 1500 people who started the voyage. According to diary records it’s believed 1483 made it to Sydney Cove. According to Captain Phillip’s official report there were 1030 plus 7 horses, 29 sheep, 74 pigs, 6 rabbits and 7 cattle.

It is believed over 700 convicts were transported on the First Fleet – including both men and women. Most were British but there were also American, African, French and Indian. (Over the next 80 years British courts sentenced more than 160,000 people to transportation.)

A “hulk”

The four companies of marines were volunteers and their families also travelled with them. It was generally believed that no one would make the journey back other than the naval vessels that returned and supply ships that went on to other ports. 

The convicts were transported because at the time English prisons were seriously over-crowded – to the point they were utilising “hulks” (prison ships) to deal with it. Transportation as far away as possible was the perfect solution. Convicts were transported for a range of crimes including theft (some just a loaf of bread), perjury, fraud, assault – for terms of 7 or 14 years – or life. 

The party were expected to rely on their own provisions until local materials could be utilised, grow their own food and raise livestock. They were sent with seeds more suited to a northern climate – and about two years of provisions. After that, they were on their own.

The British government considered the First Fleet “an experiment”. The first colony was most decidedly a penal colony – not a settlement of free men and women. Every governor of the colony before Lachlan Macquarie (Governor of NSW from 1810 to 1821), apart from Governor Phillip, viewed the settlement as nothing more than a naval base with convicts as the labour force.

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First contact was made with the indigenous population – the Cadigal people – at Botany Bay, and later in Sydney Cove when they encountered the Eora including the Bidjigal clan. There was ‘curiosity’ but no violence. Aboriginal men were sent to investigate the new comers, as was the tradition – and it is believed Manly received its name from Captain Phillip out of respect for the aboriginal men he first encountered there. The native men were curious and suspicious but not violent or aggressive – though they greeted the strangers with spears. They were trying to ascertain why they were there – who they were, were they women (as it wasn’t obvious; they were clean shaven – so Phillip ordered one of his men to drop his trousers to clear that up), and whether they would be competition for resources.

Invasion?

As an ‘invasion force’ this was probably the worst in military history. Despite the fact ‘invasion’ took place 18 years after the eastern coastline of the continent was mapped by Captain James Cook in 1770, it was comprised of a bunch of bedraggled prisoners in manacles, barely looked after by disinterested – often drunk – marines (whose nickname became The Rum Corps as later, rum became the currency of the colony). 

Captain Phillip’s orders and the policy of the British Government of the day included that: “The aboriginal peoples’ lives and livelihoods were to be protected and friendly relations with them encouraged”. Specifically:

“Phillip’s official orders with regard to Aboriginal people were to ‘conciliate their affections’, to ‘live in amity and kindness with them’, and to punish anyone who should ‘wantonly destroy them, or give them any unnecessary interruption in the exercise of their several occupations’.”

Prof. Grace Karskens, 2017 – State Library of NSW Collection

The orders from (later) Governor Phillip were that aboriginal people should be well treated and reprisals discouraged. He wrote that he hoped to “give them a high opinion of their new guests” through kindness and gifts. 

These orders were not unique but standard orders for the time – and not the behaviour typical of an invading force.

Early meetings with indigenous people in Botany Bay and Port Jackson were often friendly, including gift giving and curiosity on both sides – which is markedly different from other violent encounters between Europeans and indigenous people elsewhere. 

As a defending force it took the Bidjigal another two years to launch a series of unsuccessful attacks against the colonists once they realised they weren’t leaving – as Cook had. 

Not yet painting a picture of invaders and defenders.

Traditional aboriginal warfare took place over three main areas:  competition for resources, reprisal attacks, and raids for women. The majority of the conflicts between colonists and aboriginal people took the first two forms, and occurred primarily after colonists pushed west of Sydney, opening up pastoral land, and exploration took them north and south – expansion that occurred during the 1790s and into the 19th Century. However it is recorded that five unarmed convicts were killed only a few months after the landing when they were seen catching fish and clearing land. (This set the tone for the later conflicts which were, as stated, primarily around competition for resources – not in defence of country.) 

Despite this, Governor Phillip continued to forbid reprisals even after he was speared in 1790. It is believed the reason was he understood it was ‘payback’  (part of indigenous law) for the kidnapping of Bennelong – an act which was a misguided attempt to expose the local indigenous people to British culture in the hope it would lead to peaceful co-habitation.

To be fair, traditional aboriginal warfare was not like what we typically understand war or ‘defence’ to be. There was no coming together to defend the shore as an ‘army’. And nor could there be. There was no one unified ‘aboriginal people’. At the time of the First Fleet landings, it is estimated there were around 700,000 aboriginal people here, divided into different tribes consisting of different clans and all speaking different languages. These tribal groups had their own ‘countries’ and existed within that space utilising the resources it afforded. This meant that over the course of time, explorers and colonists came into contact with different tribal groups who reacted differently to the new comers. Sheer weight of numbers would have meant the failure of colonisation had the indigenous population been a unified, ‘sovereign’ group.

Conflict

Pastoral expansion meant competition for resources and this is when relations became hostile. However not in a systematic or organised way but rather between groups of colonists and individual indigenous groups. Even Governor Phillip changed his view when he reinforced the detachment of soldiers at Parramatta to protect the farms run by ex-convicts there. We can’t be surprised he acted like a military man with orders to ensure the new colony did what it was expected to do.

Engraving by Thomas Chambers, based on an artwork drawn by British artist Sydney Parkinson on Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. Engraving published in ‘A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas in His Majesty’s ship the Endeavour’ (1773).

The first conflict occurred in 1795 – seven years after the ‘invasion’ – when farms which were established along the Hawkesbury River as a form of food security were raided by the Darug people.

Most of the conflicts were much later – during the mid 19th Century – 80 years and a full generation, maybe two, later, and therefore had nothing at all to do with the First Fleet landings – or ‘invasion’ – and are therefore far removed from the 26 January date. So it’s incorrect to link the ‘frontier’ conflicts with the First Fleet. Pastoral expansion could be the one aspect of colonisation that could even remotely be considered ‘invasion’, and that led to aboriginal raids on farms, constant attacks on unarmed settlers, Rum Corps reprisals and paybacks on both sides. 

But not all indigenous people were resistant – a number served in mounted police units and later many as stockmen on what became large cattle stations. There are also many accounts of positive encounters with indigenous people especially by explorers like Charles Sturt and the lone survivor of the Burke and Wills expedition. 

Whilst it is important to acknowledge this start of ‘nation building’ and how it impacted indigenous people – which we have, and do, regularly, and now almost to the exclusion of any kind of white history telling (just because you don’t tell it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist) – it is also important to see both sides – and not through the prism of 21st Century morality. While we hear the land was ‘stolen’ from the indigenous people, we don’t hear about reprisal attacks, the spearing of cattle not for food but because they were drinking the water, the murdering of unarmed settlers (many of whom were dispossessed of their home in the first place and didn’t want to be here) – and more importantly we don’t hear anyone asking for an apology for that.

Why Celebrate?

Whilst it’s important to acknowledge the conflicts that took place from the time of pastoral expansion, and to acknowledge our history as a shared one, they have nothing to do with what Australia Day is about. The landing of the First Fleet was not met with any form of resistance in the traditional sense of repelling an invading force and not even in the traditional methods of indigenous conflict (which there indeed was at the time, rather than the peaceful utopia we’ve been led to believe was the order of the day prior to European arrival). 

Australia Day is about commemorating the landing of a group of people who were forcibly removed from their country for committing, in many cases, petty crimes, and expected to eke out a living in a hostile land with a climate they weren’t ready for. They struggled for survival with no hope and no future. 

Despite this, they managed to not only survive but through tenacity, will, courage and determination, establish a first world country that can match any other on the planet. They took their situation, made inroads into the west, built roads, towns and cities which still stand today, literally from what they found, often while shackled and being beaten, and set up primary industries still making money for the people of Australia today – including indigenous people. That formed the basis of who we are as white Australians but also who we are as simply, Australians. 

We have a shared history that should be honoured and respected but also we should celebrate who we are as a nation. We have a history that includes struggle, hardship, and beating the odds. Literally being left for dead and surviving anyway. THAT is what Australia Day is about. THAT is worth celebrating!

Australia Without Colonisation by the British

What would Australia have looked like had colonisation not occurred? Would it look like the Australia we know now? 

Let’s imagine there is a forcefield around Australia preventing the Spanish, Dutch, French, English or Asian explorers and cartographers from finding it. Would a primitive 40,000 (or 60,000 depending on who you listen to) year old culture have been able to develop Australia into what it is today without colonisation when only 250 years ago (not long in the scheme of things) they were still nomadic, naked, primitive people?

North Sentinel islanders – Image: MyBestPlace

We already know what it would look like … North Sentinel Island in the Gulf of Bengal is a living example.

Industrialisation enabled countries around the world to evolve and develop and at the time of the First Fleet, industrialisation had not made it to Australia. Not even the wheel … Or pottery… a mere 235 years ago!

We know from the diaries of explorers to the remote parts of Australia, and settler accounts of encounters with indigenous people, even as late as the late 19th Century (1882 diary of Caroline Creaghe), that the indigenous population were wandering the country naked with rudimentary shelter (lean-tos and bark humpies) and primitive art and weaponry.

But the efforts of those early settlers – most of whom (except for the free settlers who began to arrive from 1793) didn’t want to be here but couldn’t leave once emancipated – have afforded us as an entire nation opportunities we may not have otherwise had – and that equality of opportunity is afforded to us all regardless of whether we are indigenous Australians, white Australians, or migrants, and regardless of who’s in the majority (indigenous Australians – 3%; migrant Australians – nearly 30%).

The Dutch were first to make landfall in Australia in 1606 – and it was named New Holland by Abel Tasman (with Tasmania being named Van Diemen’s Land) in 1644. But neither the Netherlands nor the Dutch East India Company claimed any territory – with most explorers claiming the lack of water and fertile soil made it unsuitable for colonisation. Had they not come to that conclusion, things could have gone in an entirely different direction.

Two words: South Africa….

Exploration, invasion and colonisation have happened the world over and for millennia – more often than not violently and with the forceful subjugation of the ‘conquered’ people. The Dutch, Spanish, French, English, Mongolians, Chinese, Romans, Celts, Picts, Arabs, Vikings, Egyptians, Pacific Islanders, just about every country in Africa … all come to mind. Where there are people there is expansion. In Australia, we’re expected to ignore our history as being “offensive” or “triggering” for a small percentage of our population, and worse, apologise for it. 

This despite the fact that in the intervening 235 years the following days are set aside out of respect for our indigenous Australians:

Flags included despite they are not part of indigenous culture

13 February – National Apology Day

16 March – Close the Gap Day

21 March – Harmony Day

26 May – National Sorry Day

3 June – Mabo Day

27 May to 3 June – Reconciliation Week

1st week of July – NAIDOC Week

4 August – National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

9 August- International Day of World’s Indigenous People

7 September – Indigenous Literacy Day

This is also not to mention the countless “acknowledgements” we hear at just about every event, and that we are starting to (ridiculously) see on website footers and as pop ups – and the ‘Welcome to Country’ included in agendas, at sporting events, conferences, the opening of parliament etc – an indigenous ‘tradition’ that was developed in 1976 by Ernie Dingo and Richard Walley when Polynesian performers at the Perth Fringe Festival asked for one. It was “designed to mirror the visitors’ own traditions and incorporate elements of aboriginal culture”. Indigenous people do have a seeking and granting of ‘permission’ when one tribe wants to cross into the lands (or ‘country’) of another – but not as we see it now. The Aboriginal National Theatre Trust was instrumental in developing it during the 1980s.

It was in 1976, and it remains now, a performance.  

Despite all of the above, the rest of Australia – including not just white but also migrant Australians – are told one single day out of 365, to celebrate where we have come as a nation, is ‘offensive’ and we should be ashamed and guilt-ridden if we do.

Which brings us to …

Changing the Date

This time of year always brings about discussion (okay arguments really) about changing the date from 26 January because it ‘represents invasion’ or a ‘dark time for indigenous people’ and is ‘offensive’ to them. 

I’ve discussed above why the 26 January landing date and ‘invasion’ cannot coexist as a concept.

However, some Australians will ‘virtue signal’ and say they refuse to celebrate ‘out of respect’ for indigenous people who find it repugnant and a day of mourning. (Note the inference ‘all’ indigenous people – which could not be further from the truth.)

As I’ve said above, pastoral expansion is so far removed from the 26 January landing of the First Fleet as to make the argument moot.

The date was first recognised in 1808 particularly by emancipated convicts to “celebrate the love of the land they lived in” with “drinking and merriment” (sound familiar?). In 1838, on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the colony, the first public holiday was declared.

Up until 1888 the celebration was primarily confined to New South Wales – but in 1888 on the centenary of the First Fleet’s arrival, every colonial capital except Adelaide celebrated “Anniversary Day”. In 1910 South Australia came on board after the death of King Edward VII.

Image: Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia

It’s probably worth noting that on the 26 January 1949, ‘Australian’ as a separate nationality came into existence when the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 was passed. That was the day we were first called Australians and allowed to travel with passports as Australians. 

Under the Nationality Act 1920 (Cth), all Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders born after January 1, 1921, gained the status of British subjects. On 26 January 1949, therefore, they automatically became Australian citizens under the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948.

Before that date, all people living in Australia, including indigenous Australians, were called ‘British Subjects’ and forced to travel on British Passports and fight in British wars. 

It wasn’t until an amendment in 1984 that we were no longer considered ‘British subjects’.

We all became Australians on the same day: January 26! 

This is why 26 January is a key date, and appropriate for Australia Day and a national day of celebration.

Additionally, in 1962 the Menzies government gave indigenous Australians federal voting rights thus giving all Australians full political equality regardless of race, sex or creed. It wasn’t until 1965 African Americans were given the same right.

Side note: 26 January was also the day in 1808 when the fourth Governor of New South Wales, William Bligh, was deposed in the Rum Rebellion – the first and only time in Australian history military force has been used to overthrow a government. 26 January appears to be quite a key date…

Comment

If you want to boycott Australia Day because you feel indigenous Australians had a rough trot 235 years ago because a rag tag bunch of prisoners and drunken sailors landed on their shores, then that’s up to you. It’s not being done ‘out of respect’ though because boycotting a day that’s NOT just about white people but is for everyone who calls Australia home, does NOTHING to help with the actual issues facing indigenous Australians every day – like family and domestic violence, alcoholism, drugs, abuse, and black on black violence. Maybe use the public holiday to head out to the communities and get your hands dirty actually helping out. 

And what about respect for the other people involved? Of those men and women and children sent here unwillingly who managed to survive despite the odds in a country literally out to kill them, displaying a toughness and resilience sadly lacking in us today – but which became the bedrock of our culture (yes, we have one) and enabled equality of opportunity for all. Men and women who even after emancipation and in the years between Governors Phillip and Macquarie, continued to be treated like prisoners and second class citizens – struggling for survival with no hope, no civic pride and no future.

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Or respect for the thousands of migrants who make up our number, who continue to come here – and who become Australian citizens on this day because they want a better life? Who didn’t have to steal a loaf of bread to get here but who are welcomed into what is a rich fabric of different cultures – to a country that allows them the freedom to practice their culture and religion without reprisals or restrictions?

Nearly every single country from around the world is represented in Australia’s population – nearly 30% of those living here are migrants. My own family are Jewish migrants on my mother’s side who came here in 1910; and Cornish/Celts on my father’s who came here as free settlers in around 1857 – for precisely the same reasons migrants do today: a better life which was afforded to them by Australia.

Absolutely it is important to teach both sides of our history, but unfortunately our kids are getting primarily, one. As Douglas Murray says in The Madness of Crowds, the pendulum has swung too far the other way and the train has crashed right on through the station. It’s time to stop the victimhood and guilt tripping, virtue signalling and apologist language, and unite to recognise there’s a reason why so many people WANT to live here! 

The dates listed above show that inroads have been made into acknowledgement of 3% of our population, but it does make you wonder will it ever be enough? An apology was asked for and given – but that wasn’t enough. Acknowledgement of ‘wrong doing’ was asked for and given – but that wasn’t enough. Separate medical centres, organisations handling indigenous only issues, successful land titles claims, special educational bursaries, support and assistance given just for indigenous people (which to be honest I find particularly insulting as it infers all indigenous people need assistance, based purely on them being indigenous – and isn’t that the definition of ‘racism’?) – but that wasn’t enough.

No one blames Americans born after Hiroshima and Vietnam for what happened. No one blames Germans or Japanese born after WWII for what happened. But white Australia is still being blamed and expected to feel guilty for what happened nearly 250 years ago….. 

When is it ever going to be enough?

We are all custodians of the land – all of us – black, white and migrant. All cultures – not just Australian indigenous – have connection to land and to spirit of place – including ‘white’ cultures. It is not unique. 

We are all Australian. We have ONE day when we can come together and celebrate that. That day is 26 January.

Happy Australia Day!

© Earth Goddess Wisdom

References:

Plenty of resources went into crafting this post – here are a couple. I shall leave it up to the reader to research on their own.

https://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/exhibition/objectsthroughtime/draughtinstructions/index.html

https://www.nma.gov.au/defining-moments/resources/rum-rebellion

https://visitsydneyaustralia.com.au/lachlan-macquarie.html

https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/first-fleet-sets-sail-australia

https://firstfleetfellowship.org.au/library/first-fleetlist-livestock-provisions-plants-seeds/

https://digital-classroom.nma.gov.au/images/map-indigenous-australia

Happy birthday little bro

Posted in love on August 20th, 2022 by gaiaswisdom — Be the first to comment!

Today is my birthday.

It’s also my little brother’s birthday. Yes, we were born on the same day – the exact same time in fact – though we aren’t twins. We used to joke that we were. And to be honest I’m not sure that the ‘fate’ of our identical birth dates/times wasn’t actually spiritual intention. He wasn’t just my little brother. We had a connection that went beyond siblings. We looked out for each other. He was like a part of me come home. Like a part of spirit that missed the first incarnation and so had to come along later! He annoyed me as little brothers do, when we were kids, but as we grew that bond grew and he was always there for me – always.

As kids we hated sharing a birthday cake. One cake, neatly iced down the middle with different colours on each side; my name on one side, his on the other. He’d always try and beat me to blowing out all the candles so mum would have to relight them. We’d often complain: why can’t we have our ‘own’ special day?

As we got older we began to realise how special it truly was and when he was posted overseas, for the first time we had a birthday in different time zones and on different days … and we didn’t like it!

But today is different. Today I won’t get his call or hear him say “Your birthday is the perfect opportunity for me to remind you that it’s MY birthday too!” My birthday will forever remind me that he’s no longer here to share ‘our’ special day.

Because last October 27th, at just 53, he died suddenly and without warning of a heart attack.

I was there for his first day on this planet but unfortunately couldn’t be there to say goodbye to him on his last. He was quite literally my 2nd birthday present!

I started out as his protector, looking after him when he was scared and alone during his first few days at kindy, and later he became mine – driving the 2-hour round trip to pick me up when I left an abusive partner in my early 20s, and later, helping me last minute to fund a trip to visit him in the UK when I needed space to regroup and get my head together.

Whenever I asked, he was there, no questions. He just did it.

He was like that for a lot of people – always there with an ear, a shoulder, advice. Whatever you needed. A place to vent, to problem solve. He was the better part of me.

He was “SLOTH!” – something he’d shout and wrap himself around me so I’d have to drag him along attached like a limpet to my leg. When he later attempted this as a man he’d nearly crush me!

He lived his life with compassion, honour and integrity – together these made him the perfect godfather to our daughter – a role he embraced wholeheartedly and he treated her as if she were his own.

If I have learned one thing from the absolutely senseless loss of an amazing human being it’s this. In the end, we are not our jobs, our hobbies, the level of our income, our possessions. We are how we made others feel, the impact we had on them, the effect we had on the course of THEIR trajectory, and the imprint we leave. I miss how he made people feel – the effect of his humour, compassion, friendship and love. I try to live his example.

Rod loved his friends. He fiercely loved and was devoted to his family. He rarely spoke ill of anyone. I can’t remember ever seeing him truly angry. When he disagreed, he did so respectfully. You never came away from a conversation with him feeling small, stupid or insignificant. His silences spoke volumes.

“Please don’t worry so much. Because in the end none of us have very long on this earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky, when the stars are strung across the velvety night, and when a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night into day, make a wish, think of me. And make your life spectacular. I know I did.”

– Robin Williams, from the 1996 movie “Jack”

This quote makes me think of Rod. He crammed so much into his relatively short life. And his energy is still around. I take comfort from knowing that since we are energy, the law of the conservation of energy tells us not one bit of him is gone. He’s just less orderly. He is a part of every life he touched. He is a part of everything around us. We can breathe him back into existence just for a moment or two by being all those things he was, and allowing his best traits to filter through us shaping our words, thoughts and actions. We can keep a part of him alive by giving the love we had for him a place in our heart and when called on, giving that away to those who need it.

My spiritual beliefs help me to remember that death is not the end but the start of a new journey. Clearly he had finished what was needed in this life and he was required to do great things in his next. That doesn’t make our pain or loss any less … we should all have had at least another 30 years with him – but it helps me to know that he’s still there, somewhere, bringing joy and love and laughter to more people.

Rod – little brother – ‘Frog’: you were the best of us, taken far too soon. I love you more than words can say. I’ll miss our calls, your spine re-aligning hugs, your notorious Jib Jabs, the painstakingly selected and relevant birthday cards, your larrikinism, cheeky monkey humour, your giggles, the “in YOUR face!”, your call ending “love you lots sis”, and our GIF-filled messages, your beautiful soul, your support and wisdom.

Broder vyghan. Mab, gour, ewnter, souder, koweth.

My a’th kar. My a borth kov.

Little brother. Son, husband, uncle, soldier, mate.

I love you. I remember.

You’ll be with me forever.

This Pivotal Moment

Posted in responsibility on November 17th, 2021 by gaiaswisdom — Be the first to comment!

Remembering that you chose to be born in this time, will you answer the call?

© Earth Goddess Wisdom

When will it end?

Posted in health on July 20th, 2021 by gaiaswisdom — Be the first to comment!

It likely already has ….

Here are the medical definitions for Epidemic, Pandemic and when an epidemic is declared over:

Epidemic: affects more than the expected number of cases of disease occurring in a community or region during a given period of time.

Pandemic: An epidemic that becomes very widespread and affects a whole region, a continent, or the world due to a susceptible population. By definition, a true pandemic causes a high degree of mortality (death).

The end of an epidemic is declared when there are between 150 and 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. (Source: United Health Professionals)

According to COVID Live, Australia currently has 1,357 active cases. Of those, 128 are hospitalised and 26 of those are in ICU. As at 30 December 2020 Australia’s population was 25,694,393. According to the above measures, the pandemic is well and truly over in Australia – we have 1,357 cases in a population of over 25 million and would need more like 52,000 for this ‘crisis’ to be deemed even an epidemic.

According to the John Hopkins University data and our own government data – Australia has had 4 deaths per 100,000 people; and 126 cases per 100,000 people (working of our 32,017 total cases). We haven’t even reached the bottom threshold for an epidemic.

Current hospitalised COVID cases in Australia and by State/Territory

According to the John Hopkins University CSSE COVID dashboard, globally the number of cases (I’m not sure if this is active cases) is 190,781,839 with total deaths 4,093,331. The global population is about 7.9 billion.

The declaration of the pandemic gave governments certain emergency powers – in Queensland those were meant to end on 30 June 2021 but predictably “more cases” were “uncovered” just in time, which allowed the government to extend those emergency powers. We never see those cases …. they are just declared by the Chief Medical Officers as ‘existing’… somewhere in the State. I saw an interview with one such case in Sydney via Skype – She talked of how all she had left was “this nagging cough”. In the 10 minute interview she didn’t even cough once … even the reporter said “Well you seem surprisingly well.”

I do not deny for one minute that other parts of the world are continuing to suffer, but here in Australia according to every medical measure, it is over. More people are dying daily from heart disease and cancer than they are from this virus.

According to historians, pandemics end medically (when incidence and death rates plummet) and socially (when the fear around the disease wanes).

Given the low rates of incidence and even lower rates of death in Australia, why are people still so afraid? One main reason: government- and media-driven hysteria.

But why?

As I said earlier, the pandemic gave governments across the states and federally certain emergency powers. In Queensland, on 29 January 2020, the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services made an order declaring a Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 under the Public Health Act 2005 (QLD) – A Public Health Emergency declaration gives the Queensland Chief Medical Officer broad powers including:

  • restricting people’s movement;
  • preventing people from entering certain premises;
  • requiring people to stay at certain premises;
  • requiring certain premises to open, close or limit access;
  • restricting contact between people; and
  • providing any other directions the Queensland Chief Health Officer thinks are necessary to protect public health.

Remember this is a person you have not elected.

In Queensland, emergency powers were meant to end on 30 June 2021 – when miraculously more cases were discovered enabling them to extend the emergency powers to (as at the date of writing) 27 September 2021. This gives power – not to the Prime Minister or your elected representatives, but to the Chief Medical Officer (who you didn’t elect), to make decisions about how you live your life, they advise the government on lockdown, restrictions, movement, and vaccination (as above). Based on this advice the government then makes decisions curtailing freedoms and introducing “emergency legislation” up to and including using the military to vaccinate the population – a population who may be unwilling, and in direct contravention of entrenched human and legal rights. Incentivising people to get vaccinated with free beer, free flights, lotto tickets or loss of employment is unethical and a form of coercion – also illegal.

September is interesting – all around the world deadlines of September are being pushed to have certain sectors of the community vaccinated or to have targets meet. I can’t find anywhere why September is the target date other than World Patient Safety Day – a World Health Organisation global health day which falls on 17 September.

But slowly people are awakening and shaking off their media-driven fear of a virus that will become one, like so many others, we just have to live with. The Washington Examiner noted:

“No matter how good things get, the CDC won’t admit anything is safe as long as the politics dictate it declare everything dangerous.”

Timothy P Carney, Senior Columnist – 13 May 2021

The same could be said for our Chief Medical Officers. Premiers want to be seen to be saviours – how often do we hear from our own “I will not re-open Queensland until I can keep every Queenslander safe”. “This is about keeping Queenslanders safe”. Our PM: “This is about keeping Australians safe.”

Well if they’re saying it we MUST be at some risk – right?

Not according to the above figures.

Putting a senior military person (Lt Gen John Frewen) in charge of the vaccination roll out amplifies the fear and makes average Joe think “Wow it MUST still be so dangerous if the army has to help out!! We must still be at huge risk!”

I think the wrong question is being asked. Why do we need a senior military man to push out a program that should rightly fall within the purview of public servants? Seems a bit ‘strong arm’ doesn’t it?

But… Globally people are waking up. Freedom rallies have taken place across the globe as the world’s citizens rise up to voice their displeasure at governments intent on keeping them in a strangle hold.

What once was fear in the eyes of every citizen has become fear in the eyes of Chief Medical Officers, State Premiers and other politicians who can see an end to this, and thus to their over reaching. Their power is waning. It’s as simple as that.

When will it end? According to medical definitions and the numbers, it has – at least in Australia. The fight against tyranny, however, seems to have just begun…

A final note on the “vaccines”

Dr Peter McCullough chats with Denby Sheather

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Are our socialist kids our fault?

Posted in opinion on March 8th, 2021 by gaiaswisdom — Be the first to comment!

I see the rise of the infatuation with socialist, Marxist and communist ideologies in our young and realise it IS our fault.

Decades of economic growth and prosperity in the west has led to complacency and an amnesia that this prosperity actually resulted from hard work.

Enter the kids, who grew up in a time where they were told they could be and do anything, obstacles to their success were mown down by lawnmower parents intent to ensure their paths to success were easier than their own and with the least chance of triggering anxiety, they were rewarded for simply turning up, everyone got a ribbon, and the lesson learned and ingrained was you don’t have to try to succeed because everyone’s a winner so no one’s psyche is hurt. 

At the same time there were – as there always are – economic ups and downs – but because of the prosperity of the previous decades, the global financial crisis enabled governments to empty treasuries and toss around welfare even to those who had never previously received it, in an attempt to “stimulate the economy” – the lesson being when times get tough, spend, not tighten belts and (gasp) go without – and then later as we saw in the COVID-19 pandemic, governments paying people to sit at home and play Xbox and watch Netflix.

Is it no wonder that these kids have the view that hard work is unnecessary and the government should look after them – because frankly many of them have never actually seen hard work in action.

Image: https://www.redspark.nu

We express surprise when our kids espouse socialist ideals yet we have taught them through sport, for example, that even the kid who comes last gets a prize (therefore trying hard isn’t worth it) and you raise yourself up by pulling others down (online bullying) – two very socialist ideas.

Ideologically and theoretically socialism, communism, Marxism all have similarities –  and in Marxist theory socialism is a precursor to communism. What is attractive to the young is the idea of wealth being shared and ownership of resources by the people. And it does sound great … in theory – it has never worked in practice – no not even in Venezuela (where a recent survey showed 96% live below the poverty line and reports are that they are ‘quietly quitting socialism‘) or Nordic countries (the latter who are not strictly socialist states, but who regulate capitalism and as in the case of Sweden businesses can still be privately owned, entrepreneurism is still allowed, and they have the third highest income tax rate in the world – at 57%).

According to Kristian Niemietz, author of ‘Socialism. The Failed Idea that Never Dies‘ and head of political economy at the Institute for Economic Affairs, London:

“Over the past hundred years, there have been more than two dozen attempts to build a socialist society. It has been tried in the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Albania, Poland, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, North Korea, Hungary, China, East Germany, Cuba, Tanzania, Laos, South Yemen, Somalia, the Congo, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Angola, Nicaragua and Venezuela, among others—not counting the very short-lived ones. All of these attempts have ended in varying degrees of failure.”

Forbes – https://www.forbes.com/sites/rainerzitelmann/2020/03/16/socialism-the-failed-idea-that-never-dies/?sh=6059c8f423cc

You can only tax a profit and tax is one way governments pay for things like welfare, education, infrastructure, health. It may leave a bad taste in your mouth that the wealth lies in the hands of a few, but the fact is profits generate tax.

Whilst America is vilified as the fat cat capitalist with a tiny portion of the population controlling the majority of the wealth, interestingly they actually have a mix of capitalist and socialist ideals running side by side. Capitalism drives the economy yet the government is responsible for the welfare of the people through defence, transport, infrastructure, education, fire and police, Medicare… sounds just like Australia…. This is why we see some things controlled by the public sector and some by the private sector.

In truly socialist or communist countries there is no free market economy. Entrepreneurship is non-existent, the state controls everything and distributes everything according to what they deem appropriate – in many cases keeping the majority of it for themselves (“absolute power corrupts absolutely” – George Orwell, 1984) and not raising people up, but bringing all of them down to the lowest common denominator.  We have seen situations in China where the state believed it was better that an estimated 15 to 55 million people died as a result of starvation and malnutrition in The Great Chinese Famine (considered to be the result of a combination of radical agricultural policies, social pressure, economic mismanagement, and natural disasters such as droughts and floods in farming regions) than that the people be looked after.

More recently, the Tiananmen Square student-led protests which started in April 1989 and called for greater accountability, constitutional due process, democracy, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech – were forcibly suppressed on 4 June by an estimated 300,000 troops with machine guns and assault rifles and backed up by tanks (killing protestors and bystanders alike). Reaction to the protests set limits on political expression in China, limits that have lasted up to the present day.

Image: ‘Tank Man’ – Tiananmen Square – Pinterest

Many of the kids espousing the virtues of socialism or communism have spent the last four years sitting on a university campus, living off Youth Allowance or other government-funded assistance schemes and have yet to go out and work full-time for reward. It’s probably no wonder that having grown up with no motivation, and reward for no effort, having experienced government support, they are loathe to give that up.  Many have finished degrees and so now are faced with not only the loss of government support but the requirement to pay back HECS debts. They may be jealous of the wealthy but lack the motivation to go out and BECOME wealthy. They see the wealthy as sponges living off the backs of the workers – though haven’t witnessed the work that went into building those empires and that success – and ignore the fact that Australia for example has had an industrial relations system protecting the rights of workers since 1904! They see money and the success of the wealthy as dirty or immoral – not as a motivator to go out and get it themselves.

Yet no socialist country has eliminated poverty and raised up every citizen to even middle class status. The point our youth also miss is one of the first things to go in a socialist/communist state is free speech … something they dearly love and use whenever the opportunity affords. This alone should be enough to be cause for pause before the banner waving begins.

What our kids are probably more leaning towards is Social Capitalism – not true socialism, and definitely not communism – that ‘blends the free market sensibility of capitalism with the welfare outreach of socialism‘. They are worried about the inequality of wealth but benefit from taxes paid to the government; they want universal healthcare; and to benefit from a free market economy – but it makes them uncomfortable to say they actually support capitalism and therefore think the only other option is socialism – or communism. We have compounded this by giving them a false notion that effort doesn’t matter and that everyone gets a prize. As Buddy says in The Incredibles:

“When everyone’s super, no one will be.”

Buddy, ‘The Incredibles’

What they fail to see – since they have never had to experience it – is that governments who become too powerful can also become oppressive – they move away from socialism to totalitarianism.

Reform is good (though not for reform’s sake). Let’s hope since our kids are our future they don’t take us down that path.

© Earth Goddess Wisdom