Larry Pickering Nails It

Sure did!

What it means to be Australian… in 2017…any time.


Many of us came from convict backgrounds, sent in to exile for stealing a coat or a loaf of bread or a silver spoon.

Some came for murder and robbery or prostitution. Tough people.

Many came from China to work on the Gold Fields.

Some came from Italy to work on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electricity scheme.

Some came from Hungary during the Revolution.

Some came from Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

But they came for a chance to work and start a new life.

And they worked hard !!

The Greeks, Serbs, and Irish, so many more that it would be impossible to name.

There were no hand-outs, no privileges offered.
These people were given a chance to start a new life, in Australia, to become Australians.
And Australians they became.

They learned English and embraced our country while offering the gift of their food and culture and music.

We accepted that gift and sat together at the same table and laughed and drank their wine, ate their food, danced to their music and married and loved their people.

As they did us.

I have spoken with friends from Hungarian, Italian etc, backgrounds and, while they embrace and celebrate their roots, they consider themselves Australian.

The common denominator with this terrible situation that we find ourselves in is that our current immigrant population do not want to embrace our culture but to destroy it.

They do not want to learn our language, but to annihilate it.

They do not want to work but to get us to work for them.

When our feminists ignore the genital mutilation, oppression of women, rape of little children of both sexes, we have a problem.

When our Politicians condemn an elected member of the Dutch Parliament for coming to Australia to speak his views, we have a problem.

When Australians are callously-murdered in cold blood by immigrants of any Nationality, Religion or Race and our Government offers sympathy to the family of the perpetrator of the crime before offering sympathy to the family of the victim, then we have a problem.

When Australians are living below the poverty line and have nowhere to live while immigrants of any Nationality, Religion or Race are prioritised, then we have a problem.

When 16,000 English-speaking skilled-professional workers are refused visas and 12,000 uneducated, non-English speaking refugees are accepted, then, guess what, we have a problem.

When Australians are called racists and bigots for speaking out about their concerns about the above, then again, we as a Nation, have a problem.

When people prefer to debate the best bachelor or best contestant on X Factor to debating our Nation`s future, our children`s future and our grandchildren`s future, well, you got it, we have a problem.

When our news is censored and we have to delve in to the internet to find out what is happening in the world and in our own country, dare I say, we have a problem.

The one thing that sets Australia apart from almost any other Nation on Earth is the Aussie spirit. It can be seen as a “she`ll be right mate” attitude that suggests apathy; or “she`ll be right mate” because we will take care of it.

I went and saw “Bridge of Lies” yesterday and it is well worth the watch.

The Berlin Wall was put up to separate two different Political views. It was a physical wall.

Today, we have a wall being built in Australia.

It is not made of bricks and mortar. It is made of censorship, Political Correctness and insidious manipulation through media control, Acts of Parliament and Social media trolls.

There is no razor wire, no watch towers. Just the ability to call someone a racist.

I am reminded of the words in the old childhood saying: “Sticks and Stones may break my bones – but words will never hurt me.”

Well today, apparently words can hurt you, but only if you live on the side of the wall that our Government and Politicians have elected as the “right” side of the wall.

No longer are people in Australia even able to scale a wall. Bullets are not needed.

To shoot us down, all that is needed is to call us racists or bigots.

I am hoping that the Aussie “she`ll be right mate” translates to “don`t worry, we will take care of it” and rise up and say that this is our country

Friends, this is not a Refugee crisis.

This is an Australia Crisis.

I fear that it will be too late if something does not happen while we still have enough Aussies left.

– Larry Pickering

 

 

 

I Have Issues With People

“I have issues with people”.

I often think what I would think and do if my good friend “crossed” me. Take that in it’s very broadest application e.g. stole from me, lied to me, spouse took another partner, slandered me, refused to talk to me…think of your own atrocity or disappointment.

My first consideration is, “is it specifically against me, or is it a path that he has a need to follow?”

At this stage let’s drop gender. “He” relates to all, unless specifically identified.

We all have our weaknesses, our thoughts and reasons, and our insecurities. And our preferences!!!  It might just be that I might not be the “preferred” one, and / or I have seriously offended.

A continued recurrence, or savage assault, requires action, however, in other instances, I try to “roll with the punch”, and refuse to hold a grudge or continuing attitude of conflict.

A good friend, including your closest relative has his own path to run, and is nowhere near perfect – perhaps the same as you and me.

He has his own life to lead, no matter how close you are, and his insecurities. He has to assess his relationship with you, and how each other react to the myriad of circumstances which occur day-to-day.

I have trouble dealing with them – I guess he might also have concerns.

It is evident in today’s society, that there is a marked lack of respect and integrity.

We are experiencing an unprecedented era of lawlessness and violence, including road rage and general physical assault and abuse.

As I have remarked in previous blogs, this will not be solved by legislation. It is up to us as parents, as community members, and as individuals. Our continued attitude and integrity is everything.

The greatest gift that you can give is to “comprehend” an affront, and process it with due understanding and empathy.

One of my sign-off quotes is:

“Never pass the opportunity to allow someone to feel good about himself.”

It is far better, without patronising, to let the other know that you have absorbed the incident, and have left the door open to resolve any conflict. There is rarely right or wrong.

You both save face, and you for one, can sleep better, and face tomorrow without undue anxiety.

If he is a good friend, you have love. There is nothing more important in this short life.

Mass.

Wake Up Australia

 

Wake Up Australia

We have spent all day on radio, TV and newspapers, worrying about a couple of Abos waving their arms around on a sporting field.

And before I go on;

We can call Australians “Aussies”, but we can’t call Aborigines “Aborigines” (which they are, and call themselves, and is their true name), nor “Abos”.

Give me a break!

And to make it worse, a “respected” 3AW broadcaster agreed that it was all right to “Boo” (at anything) at a sporting match. The targets in this case were Abo Swans players, Jetta and Goodes.

I hope that if the broadcaster’s father was listening, he would have smacked him around the ears.

It is not all right to “Boo” at a sporting match, except maybe in a reflex action to an on-the-moment incident.

However, to important things, on last night’s 60 Minutes current affairs TV program, they broke a story about high positioned persons in a massive cover-up to suppress massive on-going child molestation and rape.

An “authority”, well dressed and well spoken, a declared paedophiliac, maintained that a child of four years old has the authority and licence to agree to sex and sexual acts…”she/he can speak”!

It was a short segment, and prompted little argument from the interviewer.

I have not heard one word about it all day on radio, TV, nor newspapers!

We have lost our way; and as I have said before, it is up to you and me to change things. You can’t expect Governments to make changes of personal integrity, only you and I can do that.

Mass

And remember “Don’t ever deny the opportunity to one to feel good about oneself.”