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The Sydney Morning Herald’s Australia Day editorial:

As the fireworks explode this evening to celebrate Australia’s national day, the crowds, the anthem-singing and the flag-waving camouflage an emptiness at this country’s heart.

(Via Scott Wickstein)

Posted by Tim B. on 01/28/2006 at 10:43 PM
    1. Not to worry . Sounds as dinkum as our ABC, they don’t think much of us either.
      Guess we poor old numbskulls will just have to continue on our heartless mindless ways—-like the ones that have made this country as good as it is. Poor us.

      Posted by waussie on 2006 01 29 at 12:00 AM • permalink


    1. The SMH struggles with impotence: ‘The Australian republic must rise again’.

      Posted by tmciolek on 2006 01 29 at 12:01 AM • permalink


    1. emptiness at this country’s heart.

      Aaah the old literary staple – the empty heart of Australia as a metaphor for the empty heart of Australian society.

      I had to read many books at school and uni that had this central theme. For a student, it was a faithful standby in the exam in one form or another, so you could just about write your essay in advance.

      Kangaroo and Wake in Fright are just two novels that explore this theme.

      I’m not sure whether the laziness of the cliche or the age of the concept are more offensive.

      Posted by The Mongrel on 2006 01 29 at 12:01 AM • permalink


    1. Even so, the nation remains torn. It has been that way since November 6, 1999, the day Australians, a majority of whom wanted and expected this country to become a republic, voted in a referendum against the model that was being offered to them

      You win a referendum- “Hooray the nation has spoken”
      You lose a referendum- “the nation is torn”.

      Posted by Ross on 2006 01 29 at 12:04 AM • permalink


    1. Wouldn’t be Australia Day without the left insulting Australia.

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 01 29 at 12:06 AM • permalink


    1. A classic case of projection—the Herald is denying the emptiness of its own ideology by perceiving it as a fault of Australians in general.

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 2006 01 29 at 12:14 AM • permalink


    1. I hope the rest of the SMH editorials don’t sound as whiney as this one.  I could practically imagine the editorial staff laying on their backs, and kicking their heels in the air.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 01 29 at 12:14 AM • permalink


    1. Damn the emptiness at my heart.

      Posted by Harry Buttle on 2006 01 29 at 12:40 AM • permalink


    1. Spot on, you guys.

      The ‘Great Australian Emptiness’ is time warp Patrick White 70s stuff and says more about snobbery and moral vanity than the real state of Australia.

      Tut-tutting over the ‘ballyhoo’ is also tell-tale. When social inferiors come out to play their fun is empty and vulgar.  My orgies are bohemian and ‘suhbversive’, in a tasteful kind of way.

      Love the apocalyptic use of ‘torn’.  This, like ‘wedge’ is used to point out the society-wrecking harm that comes from disagreeing with People Like Us.

      Now, the spiritual emptiness of left mandarin elites – that IS a subject.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2006 01 29 at 01:07 AM • permalink


    1. Does Leunig write these?

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 01 29 at 01:08 AM • permalink


    1. Make that ‘subversive’.

      ‘Suhbversive’ describes an intent to undermine a language with bad spelling.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2006 01 29 at 01:17 AM • permalink


    1. I can’t understand why more Aussies don’t subscribe to the Herald…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 01 29 at 01:31 AM • permalink


    1. No plenum is impervious to the awl of God’s will, Barthelme said.

      They’re presiding over an empty plenum over at the smh, I think they’re saying.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2006 01 29 at 01:49 AM • permalink


    1. Yes, it’s quite the quandary. Society has stepped around the boomer generation and has moved on. Meanwhile, academics, teachers, journalists, politicians, social workers et al who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s are all trying to influence a younger generation that is quite successfully seeing through their veil of bullshit.

      ‘Veil of Bullshit’. Good working title for the soon to be written societal Australian polemic ‘Empty Land, Empty Heart’.

      Posted by CB on 2006 01 29 at 01:54 AM • permalink


    1. So that’s where that empty feeling comes from. I thought it was because I forgot to have lunch today.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 01 29 at 01:59 AM • permalink


    1. Emptiness is a good description of Fairfax’s bank accounts.

      Posted by swassociates on 2006 01 29 at 02:01 AM • permalink


    1. Sounds like a country song. There’s an emptiness in this country’s heart and it can only be filled by booze, blokes and gettin’ in my ute and going to Queensland.

      The Mongrel – lovely name – has hit upon a constant theme in Australian literature and fillum for that matter. The outback as metaphor. Of course, as long as it produces, ahem, fine works such as Japanese Story, I won’t complain.

      Posted by Major Anya on 2006 01 29 at 02:12 AM • permalink


    1. No country with as much color as Australia could possibly be empty at it’s heart.
      Can a people who have sayings like ‘that’s a right prawn’, or ‘crack a tinny’, or ‘a few Kangas loose in the top paddock’ be considered lacking in heart?

      Whilst trying to keep up with binge drinking Aussies is probably a lost cause and an invitation to lose teeth, you can always fall back on the standard way to rate a civilization…how well do they drink, fight, and fuck.

      No worries there, mate!

      Posted by trainer on 2006 01 29 at 02:20 AM • permalink


    1. Oh the poor buggers at the SMH.  The Australian people didn’t want the republic as supported by them.  So naturally, of course, and without any doubt NO means YES, so we must reorganise and re-vote until we get the correct decision.

      Well at least the SMH is Internationalist in its approach.  They just sound like Quebec Separatists or Europhiles on the results of EU Referenda or good old Soviet style voting.  No doubt that’s just what we need until we get what’s good for us right.  Thanks SMH.

      Posted by Wand on 2006 01 29 at 02:22 AM • permalink


    1. The SMH dislikes the public? Well, that’s alright. I dislike it, too.

      Posted by TimT on 2006 01 29 at 02:31 AM • permalink


    1. if there was any truth in the SMH editorial, it wouldn’t be an SMH editorial.

      Posted by hooligan on 2006 01 29 at 03:40 AM • permalink


    1. Met an Ozzie bloke at my local <strike>bar</strike> pub, tonight.

      Not at all unusual here in Hollywood, really…

      But I decided, this time, to poll the bloke.

      Q: Did he vote for Howard?
      A: Yes, although he couldn’t quite remember. [?!?!??!!]

      Q: Was his extended family affected by the “riots” of recent past?
      A: Much ado about very little.  He’d heard far more about it since coming to the states than he had heard from folks back home.  Admitted, his mate’s car was bashed, but still, the whole thing was over in a day…

      Q: Did he read the SMH?
      A: Eh… once in a blue moon [my words].

      Q: Did he watch Media Watch?
      A: Watch what?

      Q: Had he ever heard of Margo Kingston?
      A: Who?


      Posted by zeppenwolf on 2006 01 29 at 04:00 AM • permalink


    1. Poor SMH – still living in the 1960s, when Robin Boyd’s The Australian Ugliness was published. Boyd’s book was a pathetic, meaningless whine 40 years ago, as the SMH is still whingeing and moaning.

      This mindset – that of the the inner-urban intellectual – is infantile and limited.  Phillip Adams is a good example of it. Still, good for a giggle.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2006 01 29 at 04:05 AM • permalink


    1. SMH : “It’s Time for a Change, Yes it’s Time”

      The editors have a taste for Equine necrophilia and strong discipline.

      Whatever. Tim, how come you’re wasting precious electrons on these irrelavent goons? Because baiting Lefties is fun?

      Ah. OK, yes, that explains it. By all means continue.

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 2006 01 29 at 06:10 AM • permalink


    1. OK SMH – if we have a republic, can we then ask for a vote every 5 years until it changes back again? No? Didn’t think so.
      It’s a one way street with Quebecois separatists and SMH republicans. Keep hacking until you get your way.
      That is a pathetic editorial, a sad indication of the low ebb at the 175 mark.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 01 29 at 07:29 AM • permalink


    1. The republic debate has been handled shambolically by the SMH and its MSM mates.

      It was never high on the agenda amongst the Australian public – to suggest we were somehow being oppressed by a foreign occupier was just ridiculous. But the MSM got it on the agenda thru its own publicity efforts. They had one shot and they blew it.

      How did they blow it? Extreme arrogance, appointing airhead journos and celebs to speak for the issue when not a single one demonstrated understanding of the real issues. A lot of it was just stupid pom bashing, which is fun at the cricket but not useful when discussing the country’s political and legal heritage.

      They ran poll after poll asking Australians if they want a republic, without realising it is a stupid question. There is no such thing as ‘a republic’. There are lots of different types of republics, some benign (e.g. having a figurehead president like Ireland) to the downright dangerous (e.g. Zimbabwe, Cuba). Right up to the date in 1999, the republican movement never had this issue sorted out amongst themselves, and to this day still don’t.

      And of course, the SMH still refuse to address these issues and then scratch their heads wondering why nothing is happening. They use disgraceful editorials like this to provoke emotion but refuse to really discuss or debate anything.

      Posted by Flying Giraffe on 2006 01 29 at 08:11 AM • permalink


    1. It’s projection again.

      The left is empty and dying.

      Let’s Euthnaise this vile political movement.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2006 01 29 at 08:19 AM • permalink


    1. Don’t break my heart,my achey breaky heart..
      Wake in Fright finished last week as Radio National’s Book Reading-good timing eh.
      Perhaps SMH is feeling surly about a news article referring to Bob Hawke and his penchant for suing for large amounts of cash.
      Apparently he used to say “and this is my SMH swimming pool” etc.
      …or perhaps they are looking inward at their own moral vaccuum….

      Posted by crash on 2006 01 29 at 09:36 AM • permalink


    1. I thought only the Jews and Americans (USA) were the only peoples on earth subject to the disease of self-hatred that are exploited by their MSMs. Hardy and Proud Australians should be pleased that their own self-haters are led by an illiterate journalists and the faux Jew Loonystein.

      Posted by stats on 2006 01 29 at 09:56 AM • permalink


    1. “…an emptiness at this country’s heart.”
      Sorry, I was thinking geography-wise.

      Posted by bc on 2006 01 29 at 11:40 AM • permalink


    1. God bless your empty hearts.

      Happy Australia Day.

      Posted by monkeyfan on 2006 01 29 at 12:04 PM • permalink


    1. “The people have spoken … the bastards.”

      Posted by Achillea on 2006 01 29 at 01:22 PM • permalink


    1. After reading the above, Walterplinge, isn’t it “inner urban ineffectual”?

      Posted by ushie on 2006 01 29 at 01:32 PM • permalink


    1. …an emptiness at this country’s heart.

      Since 9/11, nothing has ignited my pride and courage more than the mewling nancy boys of the media.  Whatever may come, myheart is full.

      Maybe we could take up a collection and get them some Prozac?

      Posted by Patricia on 2006 01 29 at 01:52 PM • permalink


    1. … Australians, a majority of whom wanted and expected this country to become a republic, voted in a referendum against the model that was being offered to them

      The cognitive dissonance generated by writing that utterly contradicting sentence is probably enough to power Byron Bay’s sewage treatment plant…

      Posted by PW on 2006 01 29 at 02:26 PM • permalink


    1. Not to worry.  It’s simply a case of projection.  Leftists are “full” of it.  The public itself is quite safe from emptiness.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 01 29 at 03:21 PM • permalink


    1. #23 phat phil aint one of those inner urban intellectuals, he’s got a huge country estate which makes him part of the squatocracy.

      Posted by vinny on 2006 01 29 at 04:26 PM • permalink


    1. How is it that the ones screaming for everyone to respect the Hamas election and to recognize and deal with these murderers and child-sacrificers, scream most shrilly against the outcome of the last Australian election and denounce the present government to the point of promoting treason? You all are not alone with this type. I just heard Jimmy CAHTAH proclaming that the Palestinian election was without violence. I guess he hadn’t read the blog below dealing with the murder of a Fatah candidate after he yelled out of his window that the HAMAS thugs stop shooting at his house. Cahtah calls for financial support of the new Hamas government; he just wants to give these good people a chance, but he goes around the world denouncing Bush and the USA government as unacceptable.

      Posted by stats on 2006 01 29 at 05:56 PM • permalink


    1. PW — du lieber Gott!  Don’t tell me Halliburton is cornering the market on Irony, now, too!

      Er, I mean, good one, Dark Master Karl…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 01 29 at 05:57 PM • permalink


    1. crash has spotted it:

      They left out the music: Empty Heart is all about the absence of Peggie-Billie-Bobby-Sue. (Oh please come howwwme!)

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 01 29 at 06:20 PM • permalink


    1. How about we have a referendum to ship these leftist fools to North Korea? I am sure their Great Leader could do with a bunch of idiots to help him with his propaganda campaign- being totally blinked in their views- they will have no trouble.

      Posted by Wylie Wilde on 2006 01 29 at 06:38 PM • permalink


    1. Quote: “How did they blow it? Extreme arrogance, appointing airhead journos and celebs to speak for the issue …”

      The most annoying of the lot was author Tom “Motor Mouth” Keneally, who is highly talented and sells a lot of books.  Why doesn’t someone tell him to put a sock in it?  He was off again in the op-eds in The Australian on Australia Day.

      To give Tom his due he’d be one of the very few authors who make a nice living from writing without sucking on the public tit.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2006 01 29 at 07:56 PM • permalink


    1. It is all of a piece. If you are a socialist you think you can build better buildings, get the trains running on time, organise the police (including and invariably secret police who CAN control thought).  If you are of that mindset then you will believe that there is one superior model of government and that it is a tragedy caused by the philistine voters that we do not have it.

      The alternative is that of the Liberal party “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

      Posted by allan on 2006 01 29 at 08:26 PM • permalink


    1. Yeah embarrassed and ashamed old ABC will just have to be humiliated by being paid all that moolah from us heartless ,empty, pig iggerant, rayd neck taxpayers.
      Lucky our hearts are empty but our pockets are er were full…

      Posted by crash on 2006 01 30 at 05:41 AM • permalink


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