White Australians are egalitarian – they treat non-natives the same as the natives

Ozzie culture, limbo culture

Ozzie culture, limbo culture

‘Five questions the Abbott government needs to answer on the people smuggling payment claims’, Sarah Whyte, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15.06.15

Last week asylum seekers and the Indonesian police chief claimed Australian officials handed money over to a crew of people smugglers to return a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers to Indonesia. The Indonesian government has now launched an investigation and the Abbott government is facing increased pressure from Labor and international organisations to explain what happened. Here are five questions the government should answer about the allegations:

1. Did Australian officials hand over payments to a crew of people smugglers?

Initially Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop denied the allegations, saying “no” when asked if Australian authorities paid people smugglers to return to Indonesia. But on Friday and again on Sunday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused to confirm or deny whether or not the allegations were true. All ministers have since fallen in line, quoting “operational matters” when asked about the allegations.

2. If the allegations are true, is this the first time that money has been given to people smugglers by Australian authorities and is this legal?

Immigration and law experts have said giving people smugglers money would be “unprecedented”, as it could constitute a form of people smuggling or bribery. Officials are well protected by the sweeping Migration Act, but the act says nothing about offering payments to criminal gangs such as people smugglers. If the payments were made, Australia could have also breached its obligations under the Convention on Transnational and Organised Crime.

3. Why did Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop give two different answers to whether the allegations were true only days apart?

Both cabinet ministers denied the payments took place last week, but have since changed their tune. On Sunday Mr Dutton said he would not comment on “specific operations”. Ms Bishop has now suggested Indonesia is to blame for failing to enforce sovereignty over its own borders, refusing to deny the allegations.

4. Is Australia’s international ASIS spy agency involved in the payments?

The Daily Telegraph claims that Australian spies may have been involved in the payments. ASIS falls under the responsibility of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and is Australia’s most secretive spy agency – even more secretive than Operation Sovereign Borders.

5. Will the Abbott government fully co-operate with a potential Auditor-General’s investigation, including handing over operational details not available to the public?

Labor has urgently written to the Auditor-General to investigate whether the government has used taxpayer money to fund criminal activities. The Auditor-General has the ability to independently review the use and spending of taxpayers’ money by the government.



Aussie culture, convict culture

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The Sun-Herald, 24.05.15 ‘Michael Holding says sledging could lead to on-field fight if cricket authorities don’t step in’, Daniel Lane

West Indies great Michael Holding fears sledging could lead to the ugly spectacle of top-flight cricket’s first fight on the pitch and admitted he would never have accepted the verbal abuse dished out by players such as David Warner during the Australian summer.

Holding, 61, said the amount of aggression in matches was unacceptable and he grinned when asked if he was ever sledged by an opponent when he was a member of the West Indies pace attacks of the 1970s and 1980s.

“Not if they wanted to survive,” he said. “When I played I cannot remember any sledging. Obviously one or two people would pass a remark or two but what I see now, whenever people are walking off the cricket field, people are in their face saying whatever they’re saying.

“If that happened to me … I was a little bit hot-blooded when I was a young man bowling fast and if that happened on the cricket field then it wouldn’t have ended there.

“This idea once you get off the cricket field everything is fine. No, you don’t get personal with me and then get off the field and we’ll be friends. No. No, no. no.”

The paceman, who was nicknamed Whispering Death by English umpire Dickie Bird because he couldn’t hear the Jamaican speedster as he ran in to bowl, fears the world will soon witness the unthinkable, two opponents in the so-called gentleman’s game trading punches over a sledge that cut too close to the bone.

“One day someone will do it,” he replied when asked about the possibility of an on-field fight. “When you are on the cricket field you’re supposed to be batting and bowling, [but] there’s nothing wrong with talking to people and having a joke and even passing a sarcastic remark during a game, because I’ve seen that, I’ve heard it.

“But you don’t get personal with people. Something is going to happen one day and then they’ll realise they’ve gone too far.”…

Holding, who is a patron for the Learning for a Better World (LBW) Trust charity, which pays for education in the Third World, helps youth in Jamaica by providing scholarships on the condition the money was not used to improve their sporting prowess.

“The money goes into an account in their parents’ or guardian’s name and the building society pays the bills,” he said. “Invoices are provided whether they’re for lunches, books, uniforms, but I don’t want them to use that money to buy a cricket bat because the aim of the scholarship is for them to improve their life, not their cricket, because you have some mediocre people who are cricketers and I want to build quality people for Jamaica.”

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The Sun-Herald 24.05.15

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Photo: The Sydney Morning Herald, n.d.


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