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Like me Ron Wells in a fan of Banjo Patterson. Ron suggested "In Droving days" so here it is.
I've sort of opened a set of Australian themes recently with Ned Kelly and other Australian self-helpers (i.e. Politicians). The following is clearly a call for mutual recognition implemented through a ‘Commision’. When you read it, if you are like me you will be disgusted at the painting of these words by our politicians and news media. What is actually says is entirely different from the image I'd received from the media. Einstein had already made his comment.
The Statement was publicly presented by Professor Megan Davis, a member of the Referendum Council, at the First Nations Convention in 2017.
Unlike the preceding political speeches this statement is quite short and to the point.
The last two days have covered speeches by possibly the best prime ministers from each of their respective parties, Curtin and Menzies. It led me to think about Billy Hughes a prime minister about whom I know virtually nothing other than that he wanted conscription in WW1. So a bit of research and here is one of his election speeches delivered at Bendigo, Vic, October 30th, 1919.
The election was held on 13 December, 1919. The Nationalist Party led by Prime Minister Billy Hughes defeated the Labor Party led by Frank Tudor. Hughes won a strong victory for his party, with the Nationalists winning 37 seats and the Labor Party 26 seats in the House of Representatives.
The Country Party contested their first election and won the balance of power. In the half Senate election the Nationalist Party won 35 seats and Labor 1 seat.
William Morris Hughes was born 25 September, 1862 in England and died 28 October, 1952. Hughes was the Prime Minister of Australia 27 October, 1915 to 9 February, 1923. Throughout his parliamentary career he was a member of the Labor Party 1901 to 1916, National Labor Party 1916 to 1917, Nationalist Party 1917 to 1929, Australian Party 1929 to 1931, United Australia Party 1931 to 1944 and Liberal Party 1944 to 1952. He represented the electorates of West Sydney, NSW 1901 to 1917, Bendigo, Vic 1917 to 1922, North Sydney, NSW 1922 to 1949 and Bradfield, NSW 1949 to 1952.
1917, 1919, and 1922.
Once again, this is a long speech, why do politicians take so long to say so little?
Could you imagine an audience of sub 30 year olds having the needed attention span to hear all of this?
Yesterday, we had a speech by Robert Menzies. Today a speech which had even more implications for modern Australia by Menzies political foe, John Curtin.
The speech was published in The Herald (Melbourne), 27 December 1941, three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbour. Remembering that Japan had invaded China, Taiwan and Korea years before, it was reasonable that Curtin would have knowledge of its military prowess.
This speech points to the recognition that Britain could no longer defend Australia from external military attack and that the country would now depend on the USA for that protection.
The speech, delivered on 22 May 1942, defines and exalts Australia's middle class, which Menzies termed "the forgotten people". Menzies used the speech to outline the values and constituency that would form the basis of the Liberal Party of Australia. Menzies had previously served as Prime Minister as leader of the United Australia Party from 1939-1941. From 1942 onward, Menzies had maintained his public profile with his series of "Forgotten People" radio talks, similar to Franklin Roosevelt's "fireside chats" of the 1930s, in which he spoke of the middle class as the "backbone of Australia" but as nevertheless having been "taken for granted" by political parties and of being effectively powerless because of lack of wealth on the one hand, and lack of organisation on the other.
While poking around the internet looking for some Australian Snippets to go with those below, I found a reference to the Eureka Oath. Being curious I looked it up with a view to shedding some light for those reading this.
The oath itself is quite simple:
"We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties."
while the website where I found it is well worth a look. Look here. It has a lot more history and excellent illustrations.
As an aside from the exploration above I found that any given list of the X number 'best' or 'most famous' typically will have 50% of its content known only to Trump supporters under 25. Finding a non USA character, or one who is old enough to have died requires significant filtering.
As an engineer, I always saw my task as doing something in the most efficient way, so as to minimise the resources used to achieve the required end. The video shows, not an endpoint of this work, but certainly a mind expander as to what can be done to minimise effort in doing any repetative task and hence remove the task from the available jobs listing.
It makes one think about how we should occupy the time of people displaced from conventional employment by this sort of technology.
An elderly man goes into a brothel and tells the madam he would like a young girl for the night. Surprised, she looks at the ancient man and asks how old he is.
He answers wih pride "I'm 90 years old."
"90! she responds, "Don't you realize you've had it?"
"Oh, sorry," he mumbles, "How much do I owe you?"
Adolf Hitler despite all his other bad qualities was clearly one of histories greatest speakers. He had the ability to draw huge crowds who listened to him for long times and were largely influenced by what he said.
It is clearly impossible to visualise any current person making a speech which kept the audience as involved as Hitler did.
There is a web site for Hitler's speeches and I had no intention of looking for the most interesting by reading even a sample, so I chose one with which I could relate to a distinct event - Hitler's trial in 1924.
It was made on Feb 26, 1924 to the court in Munich. The wording may suffer from translation to English and I'm not sure if it is complete. When you add this to 'Mien Kampf' which Hitler wrote while in prison after a later trial, no one could ever accuse him of being dishonest about his violent intentions.
The outcome of this trial showed an enormous sympathy for Hitler's views. His punishment was trivial compared with the acknowledged intentions of his group. There is a decription of this here.
The Magna Carta is famous as a source document of our rights as citizens of a country with an English cultural and legal heritage.
While I was in 'famous speeches' mode learning a bit more about it became an obvious target. Coming from complete ignorance I was surprised at the length of the document.
On June 15, 1215, in a field at Runnymede, King John affixed his seal to Magna Carta. Confronted by 40 rebellious barons, he consented to their demands in order to avert civil war. Just 10 weeks later, Pope Innocent III nullified the agreement, and England plunged into internal war.
Although Magna Carta failed to resolve the conflict between King John and his barons, it was reissued several times after his death.
This meant that there were several versions of it over the years - all written in latin.
Clauses marked (+) are still valid under the charter of 1225, but with a few minor amendments. Clauses marked (*) were omitted in all later reissues of the charter. In the charter itself the clauses are not numbered, and the text reads continuously. The translation sets out to convey the sense rather than the precise wording of the original Latin. Even conveying just the sense the translation uses names of procedures and acts which make no sense in our world.