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David Malouf: Boyer Lectures 1998

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This is my Australia. This is the Australia I love.
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Posted by on July 23, 2005 in Australia and Australian, book reviews, culture wars, Multicultural, OzLit, Top read, writers

 

The Australian: Cracks in the melting pot [July 23, 2005]

The Australian, intellectually respectable wing of the Murdoch chain of news McDonald outlets, is cheering on the demise of multiculturalism, it seems, and is also letting Luke Slattery loose with his parodic versions of critical literacy and the dreaded pomo.

When Roy Eccleston and Kate Legge say (“Cracks in the Melting Pot”): “Unlike the US, which deliberately works to imbue in its citizens a keen sense of national history, identity and values — despite a multicultural population — Australia’s identity is assumed rather than explicit and few really know their own history…” I say “Thank God I am not an American…” The US form of “patriotism” is alien to most Australians I know, and was considered quite bizarre even by my parents and grandparents, none of whom were known to be leftwingers either. Mind you, the more Americans there were like Harpers Magazine’s Lewis H Lapham, the better would be the US and the safer the rest of us.

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Posted by on July 23, 2005 in America, Australia and Australian, culture wars, Islam, Multicultural, right wing politics, terrorism

 

Boy, 4, saw girl’s rape, police say — and such stories.

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…In a separate development, the NSW Government will consider changing court rules to stop people distorting the trial process following the antics of four brothers convicted of gang rape.

The Premier, Bob Carr, said he accepted comments by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Nicholas Cowdery, QC, that measures to ensure a fair trial had been “pushed to their limits” and may have been abused.

The eldest of the brothers feigned mental illness, sacked various lawyers, threatened the victims’ relatives and revealed prior rape convictions. All four claimed they were victims of an anti-Muslim conspiracy.

But then these guys, assuming the allegations are all true, are simply debased scum, and whatever they may have claimed about being “victims” is a pathetic attempt to hide under the skirts of Mummy Islam, not a proper reflection on the majority of good people of that faith.

And we should not buy their pathetic excuses for a moment. As Geraldine Doogue’s first guest, Dr Anas Altikriti, Iraqi-born president of the Muslim Association of Britain, said this morning, murder, rape, terrorism, and so on are essentially godless and should not ever be prefaced with words like Muslim, Islamic, Christian, or whatever.

He also argued that a little consistency would be nice. We should remember that people blown up in Iraq, for example, whether by the current crop of extremist insurgents, or by US and Coalition forces operating, a couple of years ago, from a distance and from a great height, are as much people blown up as all those of many faiths and backgrounds were in London. Except by some weird moral calculus where “our” deaths somehow matter more than “their” deaths, it’s all the same.

As he wrote in The Guardian a year ago:
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Posted by on July 23, 2005 in Australia and Australian, British, Crime and/or crime fiction, culture wars, current affairs, Islam, London, media watch, Multicultural, NSW politics, terrorism