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Last weekend, tens of thousands of Melburnians took to the streets to protest new laws that will create a divided and fractured Australia. They took to the streets to protest laws that will see dictatorship descend on Victoria. They protested against creating social credit scores that will see some Australians rewarded and some punished, depending upon how well said Melburnian behaves.

We are seeing this all around Australia, the world and it is celebrated by the smirking sheep who think that by conforming, they are going to be the teacher's pets and the rest of us? Well, we get what we deserve.

This banal, insipid and frankly boring view is to be expected in a populace that has never celebrated what I call the " Aussie Spirit. " But here, in Australia, it is beyond comprehension that conformity is now celebrated and the delight of being an individual is now condemned as " selfish. "

I'm an individual you can't fool me.

Yes, I know, it was a dreadful song but there was something about it that rings true today.

The MSM talks about the irresponsible protestors and almost infer that people are bordering on rioting because they have the audacity to object to being treated as guinea pigs.

But Morrison reassures us that the vaccines are not obligatory. 

“This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm

Yeah, right. 

I know that I have written before about my frustration and my incredulity that a nation hitherto known and famous for being " bloody individuals " are now happy to smirk, insult, gloat and castigate anyone who dares to be a bloody individual. 

 

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Some of the greatest Australians in history have dared to be different. Happy Expat has written of the bravery and heroism of Monash who had the guts to stand up against the military doctrine of the time.

Who could doubt the individuality of Barry Humphries who entertained us with his provocative characters - Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson and others. 

 No one can dispute the individuality of Steve Irwin who created the quintessential Aussie larrikin. 

 Of course, one of the greatest Australians is Sir Robert Menzies A man who dared to speak honestly and champion the rights to the individuality of all Australians. No shrinking violet was he.

 I am not a great follower of cricket but I must say that Sir Donald Bradman was a great Australian individual. He proudly shone and out batted all who challenged his incredible skill.

We have always been a Nation of individuality. We are well known for being outspoken, politically incorrect and full of unashamed Aussiness.

 Do we truly want to lose our point of difference? Do we want to become clones of each other and become a vanilla Australia? 

I never voted for former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and I didn't particularly like him, but no one could doubt his unique and individual style and personality. 

 

With this massive immigration that has seen our unique Aussiness diluted over the past decades, I wonder if we will ever see our old sense of self again? 

Or are we too multicultural, too banal and too neutered to ever stand up and hit a six out of the park? To boldly proclaim our Strine, our Strayan, our ockerisms, our wonderful points of difference that made us stand out from the crowd?

Our love of barbies, beetroot and pineapple on burgers, steak sangers, pineapple on pizzas, backyard cricket, folk heroes and our love of crazy words that don't mean anything to anyone but us.

When people march in Melbourne and in other cities, we see a new Australia. One that is trying very hard to play by the new rules.

The larrikin is gone; the rules must be followed and the way we react to injustice is a far cry from the old days and ways. 

In the old days, we would probably have raised the Eureka flag and told the politicians to bugger off.

But that would be against the law, wouldn't it? Oh wait... it was then as well. but it didn't stop them! 

I am reminded of the dog who goes to vet and loses his balls. Once they are gone, they don't grow back. 

 

 

I have put up this video before and I put it up again. I will not doubt publish it many times in the future. Because it should cause us to feel regret and shame that WE have allowed this to happen 

 

The Freedom Rallies need to continue. They need to get bigger. 

As Riccardo Bosi says, " This stops when we say it stops. " 

I don't follow AFL But I have to hand it to Jacko - he is a unique Australian. 

 

 I was not terribly au fait with Jacko as a footy player, so I asked Happy Expat for his thoughts. I have his permission to publish them here for your interest. He certainly sounds like an Aussie individual though!

" He played full forward for Melbourne, St.Kilda & Geelong in the VFL before the AFL was formed. He was a pretty entertaining character and tough player. He was noted for his antics on the field to keep fit, like doing handstands in the goal square. His antics irritated a lot of people and he fell out with most clubs he played for. He was suspended on numerous occasions. After he finished with the VFL he went back to Perth and played for a couple of clubs over there in the WAFL. he actually started his football career in WA before he came to Melbourne.
After retiring from football, he took up a career on TV. He didn't have his own show but had regular guest appearances on football chat shows because he was great entertainment.
He teamed up with Chopper Read, a well-known criminal and equally entertaining. They toured Australia as a comedy duo with some success given their notoriety as individuals. He was very entrepreneurial but none of his enterprises lasted for a long time. His partnership with Read was probably his most successful. In the end he became a bit of a pain in the backside because his humour became rather silly. He really was a talented footballer but never took it, or any other career, seriously enough to become a great champion."

Perhaps that is our problem? We don't take things seriously enough? 

If that is the case, then surely it is time we did.  

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