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Some interesting thoughts from people I tend to ignore…

06 Mar

As I mentioned on New Lines from a Floating Life a few days back, the ABC-TV program Compass was good last Sunday.

I guess it is a good thing when one’s prejudices get worked over and one is left feeling a bit of a fraud. That is one effect watching Compass last night had on me, as I was made only too aware of my lack of experience and qualification in so many ways. In Part 2 of a series that began with “Australian Men Pt 1: The New Dad” I found many presuppositions challenged as Geraldine Doogue presented a number of our well-known wheelers and dealers in rather a novel light

Here is a sample; the previous link takes you to a full transcript.

Good evening, welcome to Compass and something rather special tonight as we continue our series with Australia’s men. Tonight it’s a group of high flyers from the worlds of business, sport and the media. How do their beliefs and values influence the decisions they make?  Who do they turn to when the chips are down?

Now, I regret to say that since filming this dinner one of our six guests, mobile phone entrepreneur JOHN ILHAN died suddenly last year from a heart attack. His widow and family have given us their ‘blessing’ so to speak to show this program as a memorial to a lovely man…

Geraldine Doogue
John for you, your Muslim is very real and active isn’t it?
John Ilhan
It is, yes. When I went through my toughest time, lost my brother and almost bankruptcy, well I turned to my faith so I turned to it for strength, and I found it. So if it wasn’t for my spirituality, and my belief in a God, I don’t think I would have um, got through that dark period.
Geraldine Doogue
Did you pray five times a day?
John Ilhan
I fast, I don’t pray five times a day,
Mike Carlton
You won’t be wanting that red wine though will you?
John Ilhan
I’ve said to many people, I’m actually too much of a coward to be an atheist, so I need to grab onto something.
Mike Carlton
But I worry now that there is a return of religious bigotry in the dislike of Muslims in this country. And that we are seeking a rise in sectarianism and intolerance on a religious basis.
John Ilhan
I’ve never seen any form of racism towards myself or my family, none what so ever.
Mike Carlton
But you don’t look like a Muslim. You don’t have the white hat and the funny beard.
John Ilhan
But my mother does.
Geraldine Doogue
And your brother did.
John Ilhan
My brother did. So I think it’s all Muslims have a responsibility to behave like Australians. My parents came to this country to have a better life. So if you come to this country you need to align yourself with parliament and Australian values.
John Symond
Terrorism has just sparked this debate, because it was never ever like it is today, ever. And even before – September 11 just really brought it out. We don’t want, we do not want to be victims to all this.
John Ilhan
So it’s up to the Muslims to speak out. So when the Bali bombing occurred John, not one Muslim stood up and said, how dare they, in Australia.
Geraldine Doogue
Well they did but it was quietly done.
Mike Carlton
They did but they didn’t get a hearing in the media because the media didn’t want to hear them say it …
John Ilhan
So when something happens in Bali, Muslims should march down the streets and say, how dare they bomb Bali and how dare Australians die.
Mike Carlton
This has been the most successful melting pot in the world. It just has you know. And the thought that we might jeopardise it now is the most terrifying thing I can think of.  I honestly don’t know how significant talk radio is. I think we who do it, practitioners of the black art of talk radio, I think we grossly over inflate our own importance.

No further comment from me, except this is worth noting, isn’t it?



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