Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Let form rule

I have watched closely over the last few days the Andrew Symonds issue, where he spoke on a radio station and people took offence to some flippant comments he made. The radio show, Roy and HG, is not a serious show, they are comedians and as such Andrew was drawn into having a laugh and being relaxed about it.

The journalists who have sought to ruin his career over it have done so only because they cannot run their own career on talent. If they could they would hunt out a real story to report on. All journalists who have written of this and tried to sensationalise something that was innocent ought to retire and go read a book or something. We do not need them.

As for Andrew Symonds, the decision on whether or not he should tour South Africa must be made on form alone. As it stands form might dictate that he stay at home but it should be used as the one deciding factor. I for one am sick of this rubbish of pretending sportspeople should be angels before they are human. Get a grip society, would you like to be sacked for making a mistake and lose your income? None of you would have jobs.

Let's get real and stop supporting media bashing by untalented journalists, too lazy to find a real story.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Australia Day, a day for all Australians

There has been a lot made in the media over the last 24 hours about the date of Australia Day. It is poorly timed and delivered without research.

This Day is one for all Australians to celebrate. Yes, it is a day that has history but the ancestors of ALL of us came to this great country from other lands. Even the ancestors of those now indigenous walked or came via the sea to this land and we should celebrate the events that brought us all together because we have all gained from the experience.

The earliest of travellers came here of their own free will looking for a better place, a paradise, and they found it.

Those who landed here with The First Fleet did not all come here of their own free will. Many were ripped from their homes and the arms of their loved ones, dragged to the other side of the world in appalling conditions and treated as if they were animals when they arrived here. They did not invade, they were thrust here without choice never to see their families again. Many died along the way. The families of these people have waited for their apology too.

Yet we all celebrate, and why?

Because we all have the great pleasure and the great honour to live in this wonderful land. My own family goes back so far we have no remembered or recorded history of our ancestors ever living anywhere else. Of coarse they did but it was so long ago. This is our birthplace and the birthplace of our ancestors and we love it as stong as anyone else in this land ever could.

It is ours and whilst we do not agree with everything that happens and we feel excluded from some of its great wonders we forgive and move forward, grateful to be in paradise.

Too many times we focus on how we have been wronged but on Australia Day and the days following we should reflect on what we have and give thanks.

Mr Dodson is Australian of the Year and that privilege comes with some great responsibility. He must represent ALL Australians equally, without prejudice or bias and we should allow him to learn that responsibility and to grow with it.

I wish him luck in the next twelve months and look forward to seeing him grow and bringing all Australians along with him. The hardships we face this year are not specific to gender or race but to all Australians and we need strong, fearless people to show us the way to lead.

2009 is not a time for agendas, or for talk of exclusions but a time to work together on the far more desperate issues that all Australians face.