If we believe the propaganda, our National Day, the day of European settlement, is a celebration of multiculturalism. So say politicians, media, public figures. Countless official ceremonies will be held on January 26 to reinvent Australia Day as a day of “invasion”, as a time to celebrate “diversity”, to rework the themes of the rewritten national anthem as part of the ‘sharing’ themes of globalisation. This is an attack on the real Australian national idea born at Eureka Stockade (1854), sanctified at ANZAC (1915) and defended on the Kokoda Track(1942). Therefore, given we say that we cannot celebrate Australia Day without the Australians, we must confirm our identity ourselves.
It’s the usual wacky stuff we’ve come to expect from them.
A number of their cultural references here a bit off though. Do Australian white supremacists/neo-Nazis really have any grounds to call upon the legacy of Kokoda, ANZAC and the Eureka Stockade to promote their racist agenda?
We think not.
1. The Eureka Stockade
Victorian Premier, the Hon Steve ‘Bracksy’ Bracks states a strong case as to why racists have no place usurping the Eureka legend for their own twisted ends:
Today we are a thoroughly multicultural State and nation. And Eureka – the so-called birthplace of Australian democracy – was a thoroughly multicultural affair.
Of the 101 miners officially counted at the Stockade on December 3 only four were Australian born. The 97 other miners hailed from 19 countries – Ireland, England, Scotland,
Wales, Italy, Corsica, Greece, Germany, Russia, Holland, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, the United States, Canada and the West Indies.
Peter Lalor – their leader and a future Speaker of our Legislative Council – was an Irishman.
Of course, Australia First will negate anything Bracksy has to say by saying that he is of Lebanese descent and therefore anything he has to say on the matter is skewed towards multiculturalism.
Well, Aust First’s Sydney leader Jim Saleam is also of Lebanese descent and he skews all his arguments against multiculturalism so we guess it evens out.
The difference being that Bracksy has actually presented the irrefutable facts about the ethnic composition of the Eureka diggers. Saleam can only counter that with several pages of rubbish that don’t address the issue or refute the facts but sound intellectual to anyone confused by disjointed sentences and big words.
Some may say it’s a bit of a stretch to apply the 20th century concept of multiculturalism to an event which took place prior to the existence of such a concept. We feel that Eureka was more a natural occurrence of people from different ethnic backgrounds coming together for a common cause. ‘Race’ was simply not an issue for the diggers if you were on side. “As long as you a true fella, as long as you a real fella” one might say.
The only time race became an issue for the miners was when they felt one of their own was being victimised on the basis of it. One of the earlier incidents that led to the Eureka Rebellion concerned the assault of a crippled, non-English speaking Armenian digger by the name of Johannes Gregorious.
On the other side of the rebellion, it is also interesting to note that the first person to go on trial over the Eureka Stockade was a freed Black American slave by the name of John Joseph.
So, what a white supremacist group is doing trying to claim “ownership” of the Eureka Stockade is anyone’s guess.
A very quick visual example of why Australia First have no place staking a claim to the ANZAC legend.
Here is a picture of an Australia First rally:
Here is a close up of one of the attendees.
Look closely at Percy’s left forearm and you will see a big ol’ swastika.
Hint: The ANZACS fought against the Nazis!
The Aust First statement talks about our Australian identity being sanctified in 1915 (presumably Gallipoli). Well, here is a whole list of people who gave their lives in that campaign who don’t really conform to the Australia First concept of Gallipoli being a Aussie white pride affair.
Hint: There were plenty of New Zealanders there too both Maori and Pakeha.
The Kiwi troops actually made the longest advance inland of any other division.
Of course, there were also Australian Aboriginal and Indian troops partaking in the Gallipoli campaign as well.
3. The Kokoda Track
The Kokoda campaign of World War II was basically a do or die proposition for Australia. Halt the Japanese advance down central Papua or surrender Port Moresby and thus give the Imperial Japanese the perfect staging ground from which to invade the Australian mainland.
You can see why some white pride groups try and hijack this particular campaign. Back in the 80′s Jim Saleam oversaw the formation of a hardcore paramilitary skinhead group in Sydney called ‘The sons of Kokoda’.
Again, it’s bewildering how these racist shits can so selectively interpret history. Yes, the Kokoda legend centred around driving back the Japanese but the overall success of the campaign and the relatively high survival rate of Aussie diggers can be put down to something that we here at FDB believe in a great deal. White folk and black folk working together.
Enter the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.
Ignoring the slightly patronising moniker (hey, it was the 1940′s), the Kioari and Orokaivean tribesman flocked to the assist the allied campaign. In the process of doing so, their feats of strength, courage, endurance and compassion became legend.
Holding off the Japanese advance at Kokoda would not have been possible if not for the Papuan’s tireless efforts in keeping the supply lines moving over some incredibly difficult and hazardous terrain.
The carriers brought food and ammunition in packs usually weighing around 20 kg or more to the Diggers up the Track. On their return journey they acted as stretcher bearers carrying wounded Diggers back to safety.
A poem written by Sapper H “Bert” Beros of the 7th Division, 2nd AIF sums up the feeling of the Aussie soldiers at the time.
Bringing back the badly wounded
Just as steady as a hearse
Using leaves to keep the rain off
And as gentle as a Nurse.
Slow and careful in bad places
On that awful mountain track
And the look upon their faces
Made us think that Christ was black.
In light of the fact that the success of the Kokoda campaign centered around racial integration, harmony and mutual respect for people no matter what their skin colour – we find it a tad mind-boggling that a race-hate organisation like the Australia First Party would encourage their supporters (and Aussies in general) to pay some respect to the Kokoda legend on Australia Day.
We’ll give the last word in this entry to a war mother who wrote a poem in response to Bert Beros’ original.
And may the Great Creator
Who made us both black and white
Help us to remember how they
Helped us to win the fight .
Please visit The Kokoda Track Foundation.
The Kokoda Track Foundation was established in 2003 in recognition of the assistance given to Australian Diggers during the Pacific War, from 1942 to 1945 by the people of Papua New Guinea, including the Fuzzy-Wuzzy Angels – the Kioari and Orokaivean people living along the Kokoda Track.
The Foundation aims to promote education, health and sporting initiatives designed to enhance the well-being, future and enjoyment of the local communities living along the Kokoda Track.
These initiatives include:
*Support for health, education and sporting initiatives in
partnership with the PNG Government and its services
*Active participation and involvement of the local communities
along the Track in all initiatives
*Support of self sustaining eco-adventure tourism along the Track
*Liaison with other associations or entities that support or further
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