Readers may be aware that for the past six months we have been distributing bumper stickers to support the No vote in the coming referendum.

Thus far we’ve sent more than 5,600 stickers across the country. We do this not to make a profit, but because it is one of the few ways a couple of elderly retirees can fight back against this appalling Voice proposal.

We are powered by rage! Demand for our stickers increases for often unrelated reasons. Think Anzac Day, King Charles’ coronation, State of Origin, Ed Sheeran, the Olympic Committee and the antics of Lidia Thorpe and Judge Harrison. 

As we move closer to the referendum vote, the ugly words and intimidation by the Yes luvvies is increasing.

No reasoned debate here, just aggressive threats accompanied by the usual poor-me and you-nasty-white-racist-colonials nonsense.

Noel Pearson has lost the plot and Stan Grant is deservedly in the brown stuff for his inappropriate comments during the coronation.

He’s been around the sheltered wokeshop of the ABC for so long he’s forgotten that he who casts more than his fair share of stones ends up getting mud on his face.

We are seeing pressure being put on big business and big names to publicly support the Yes vote. Woe betides any that come out for the No side, for boycotts are a reality.

People whose jobs have nothing whatsoever to do with Aboriginal matters jostle to be the first in line to have their Aboriginal credentials made public.

‘Look at me! Look at me!’ they squawk, like flocks of demented seagulls on a feeding frenzy. Sporting teams of all persuasions, our trade unions and universities are joining the rush to be the most craven in this unseemly grovelling to win the award for loving Aboriginals the most.

Even Bob Hawke’s widow has joined the squawkers to inform us that Hawkie would have definitely voted Yes if he hadn’t inconveniently passed away four years ago.

Poor little Albo must be really desperate to be relying on the vibes of the long-dead to get his racist, divisive referendum past the post.

It’s so irresistibly Monty Pythonish. Imagine the town crier, bell ringing loudly, shouting, “Oyez, oyez! Bring out your dead! Albo’s special government-subsidised corpse collection is here to help! Dead Yes voters over there, please. Line them up neatly now, so we can count them. Good, good. We’ll give you 100 bucks each.  Chuck the dead No voters in that wheelbarrow. We’ll charge you a couple of bucks to get rid of them, just as a public service. After all, nobody wants a No voter in the house, particularly a dead one. What’s that you say? There’s no dead No voters? Not one? You mean I brought the wheelbarrow for nothing?”                   

But back to more serious matters! The Australian Olympic Committee is a relatively recent addition to the squawkers.

This despite the fact that in 2020, the AOC put in place new guidelines which stated that “sport is neutral and must be separate from political, religious or any other type of interference.”

The policy added precision to a long standing rule in the Olympic Charter that states, “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”  

The words couldn’t be clearer. There is no wriggle room here to justify their disgraceful, duplicitous behaviour.

The Committee’s decision to support the Yes vote was guided by its Indigenous Advisory Group, wouldn’t you know.

Has anyone asked the AOC why it is disregarding its Charter to push a certain political stance? Or indeed why they need an Indigenous Advisory Group at all.

Maybe I blinked and missed not-my-ABC’s in-depth criticism of the AOC. Or maybe ABC staff were too busy marching about waving “I’m with Stan” placards, trying to tone down Tan Man’s hissy fit.

Just in case you are misguided enough to believe the AOC was colourblind in promoting sporting excellence, and that your taxes were doing great things for all aspiring Australian sports people, you might wish to reconsider.

The Indigenous Advisory Commission to the AOC has enduring representation on the AOC Athletes Commission. ATSI artwork is incorporated in Olympic apparel and the services of ATSI have been integrated into all Games operations.

I am not suggesting that the AOC is unusual in having its special in-house Aboriginal advisory group and clothing designer.

Far from it. Such advisory groups are a make-work con employing Aboriginals to tell workers how to be culturally sensitive, whatever that might mean.

They appear in almost every workplace, from banks to building sites, earning kudos for the grovelling seagull bosses and running compulsory courses on Aboriginal right-think.

Nobody dares to question why Aboriginals need special treatment in the workplace, (that would be racist) or why Indian or Chinese workers, for example, are not equally deserving of special consideration.

And it would be a brave employee who dared suggest that traditional Aboriginal culture offers very little of relevance to today’s workplace, or indeed that most of it is best consigned to the history books.

Rio Tinto’s $2m donation to the Yes side shows a haughty disregard for its own policies regarding involvement in political matters.

This mob is even more cavalier than the AOC, for here we have multinational corporation breaking its rules in an attempt to influence an Australian referendum (See Hansard, 13/6/23, Sen. Scarr).

Perhaps Rio officials didn’t abase themselves enough, or pay enough after the disaster of the strangely legal-but-wrong Junken Gorge affair.

Two disturbing additions to the in-your-face Yes grovellers are Beyond Blue and the Cancer Council.

The former is a community-based organisation committed to enhancing Australia’s mental health.

If you find Beyond Blue’s move from mental health to politics inappropriate, you may wish to add your expressions of disgust to the many already on their website.

That the once-respected Cancer Council has also joined the grovellers is equally disheartening. ‘Who will be next,’ I wonder. ‘The Guide Dogs?’

jbhackett@bigpond.com

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Joanna Hackett grew up in country Australia and taught for twenty-one years before circumnavigating the world for five years with her husband, in a yacht. She is a published author who still travels widely. She is particularly concerned about the proposal for a racial mandate in our Constitution