Long queues waiting for Covid-19 vaccinations in St Kilda, Melbourne


I’ve witnessed, along with many others, what appears to be a major shift in our national character – and not for the better.

We used to be prepared to stand up for what we believe in and say what we think. Now, we have to be careful what we say and who we say it to – especially if it’s controversial. Cancel culture is alive and well and living in Australia.

And we certainly wouldn’t have put up with being told what to do by government bureaucrats and politicians if we disagreed with what they were saying or doing.

As former Prime Minister John Howard recently said, “Australians don’t like being bullied…we’re pretty hard-headed …and have a deep deposit of Celtic skepticism.”

I certainly agree that used to be the case but when you look at how we’ve responded to events during the past few years, is it still true?

First, we had the Covid-19 pandemic and the devastation that was caused by incompetent governments throughout Australia and particularly in Victoria under extreme-left socialist Premier Daniel Andrews.

We were directed by health officials to wear masks even though it was known by them that they did very little to prevent transmission of Covid-19. It was certainly known by Dr Fauci and other health experts in the USA, UK and Australia that the virus particles could easily penetrate the ridiculous little surgical masks we were all forced to wear.

Lockdowns and vaccinations also became mandatory, schools and universities were unnecessarily closed and travel became next to impossible – even within Australia.

We were not even allowed to visit our loved ones in aged care accommodation or hospitals.

And none of this was about health – in fact, the net effect on our nation’s health of all these government decrees was negative – it was all about power and control. Australia, together with most other nations, just blindly followed Communist China’s lead.

There has never been a time in our history when so many entirely unnecessary and draconian measures were forced on the population by governments throughout Australia. And yet there was hardly any pushback against this intolerable attack on our personal freedom.

Why was that? Did we believe that our so-called ‘elites’ knew what was best for us or were we simply too scared to take on Big Government?

In my view, it was a mixture of the two. Initially we did not have sufficient knowledge to object to official health advice, but as time went on most of us simply became conditioned to accepting authority and many were clearly too scared to disobey, especially migrants who had escaped totalitarian regimes overseas.

Victorians, in particular, became ensnared by what is called the Stockholm Syndrome. Many believed, and apparently still foolishly believe, that Comrade Dan was actually helping them to survive what was clearly a virus that really only severely impacted on the very old or those with existing health issues.

There was some initial pushback in Victoria but that soon fizzled out after Premier Andrews sent in his ‘shock troops’ to quell what ended up being a very mild uprising against his totalitarian socialist government.

We all remember the incident in Ballarat, Victoria when police officers walked into a 28-year-old pregnant woman’s home, handcuffing and arresting her while she was only wearing pyjamas – and in front of a child – and then seizing her computers and mobile phones.

Her ‘crime’ was warning fellow protestors via social media to be careful when peacefully protesting against the government’s edicts by wearing masks etc., so they wouldn’t be arrested. Her post ended with the words: END LOCKDOWNS. STAND UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. WE LIVE IN A FREE COUNTRY.

I really don’t know what’s happened to Victorians – most no longer appear to value personal freedom. How else can you explain their re-electing Andrews for another term as Premier – it beggars belief. In my view, the sooner they get rid of that mongrel, the better it will be for all Victorians, regardless of their political leanings. Then, perhaps, we can discover what his ‘secret’ visits to China were all about and probe further into the many other strange events that occurred under his watch.

We’ve also had to endure the Welcome to Country ritual that has become standard practice within government and business and at sporting events. Bizarrely, it’s even extended in some cases to multiple ‘welcomes’ at meetings with each speaker welcoming everyone else. How absurd is that?

How dare indigenous people believe they have the right to welcome fellow Australians. And they even have the temerity to charge fees for their involvement!

Most of us have no problem with overseas visitors being welcomed to country by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people but welcoming Australians to our own country is ridiculous and just plain rude.

And yet we all just let this rudeness continue without any pushback whatsoever.

The first big test of whether we still have the qualities John Howard believes we have will be on Saturday 14 October when the Voice referendum is to be held. If we still reject being bullied then the Voice proposal should be soundly defeated in all States as well as nationally.

That’s because the level of bullying that ‘No’ supporters have had to endure is unprecedented. The vicious attacks on Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and Nyunggai Warren Mundine have provided insight on just what will happen if the referendum is successful.

Activists have clearly shown that they will go to any lengths to achieve their goals. How else can you explain the rantings of hate-filled racist Senator Lidia Thorpe and communists like Thomas Mayo and Marcia Langton?

Then there is Noel Pearson who viciously attacked Jacinta claiming she was being used by right-wing think tanks to “punch down on other black fellas”.

If they ever get the power of the Constitution behind them there will be no stopping them.

High Court action would be ongoing, handling a multitude of challenges by unelected activists to proposed legislation and policy implementation that have been decided upon by the democratically elected government of the day.

I’m still optimistic that we will recover the level of confidence required to combat totalitarianism and defend our right to personal freedom. I certainly hope so because I miss the ‘old’ Australia and the vibrant Australian spirit.

We should by now have learnt a great deal about how the so-called ‘elites’ play the game. It’s now time to say enough is enough !