Monday, August 16, 2004


The Bracks government in the Australian State of Victoria is Australia's most Leftist

"A drunken chef who broke into the home of a sleeping woman and raped her twice will remain free after the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions dropped its fight to have him locked up.

And his 22-year-old victim feels she is being blamed because the rapist is free. The victim, who wishes to be identified only as Sigrid, was told late on Friday that the OPP would not be appealing to the High Court for a custodial sentence. She was told by an assistant to the Director there were many reasons for the OPP's decision. The assistant would not elaborate on the reasons except in person.

The OPP's decision not to appeal guarantees Sims his freedom and marks the end of the road for the victim and her sympathisers in their campaign for justice..... Despite being convicted of two counts of rape, indecent assault and aggravated burglary, in April Sims walked away from the County Court in Melbourne with a suspended sentence and the best wishes of presiding judge Tony Duckett....

This month the OPP decided not to appeal against a County Court decision to grant the rapist of a seven-year-old girl a suspended sentence. In that case the pedophile pleaded guilty after the victim's mother was wired up to record his confession...."

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And a Leftist State government (NSW) in Australia has had to come to terms with that

"Selective schools are public education's most effective weapon against the drift to the private sector. But the proliferation of these academic hothouses is sucking the lifeblood out of the greater public system, critics argue, by draining local comprehensive high schools of their best and brightest.

NSW has embraced the selective school system. In 1988 there were 12 selective high schools, including five with a specialist bent such as agriculture and music, out of a total 381 government high schools in the state. By 2002 there were 28 academically selective or partially selective high schools, two performing arts schools and 30 specialist schools that selected some students, the Vinson inquiry into public education found.

At the state's recent schools expo in Sydney, the principal of Riverside Girls High School, Judy King, spent two days manning the Department of Education's booth. "The only question I was asked ... was 'how can I get my kid into a selective school?' It drove me bats. When I said 'I'm here to talk about all types of the government system, comprehensives and so on', they weren't interested."....

This year, the State Government added three more schools to its growing list of comprehensives offering selective streams. And principals like Sydney Secondary College's Mark Anderson need no convincing that such programs are an effective weapon against the private school juggernaut. At his previous school, enrolments had dropped from 1145 to 484 in a decade....

But when Mr Anderson left in 2001 the school had grown to more than 600, simply through the introduction of a gifted and talented program."

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Oz Conservative has some good comments:

"I looked at the words of the hymn, but couldn't find much that might be considered objectionable. It's true that part of a line does mention vowing to your country a "love that asks no question". If the line simply means "My loyalty is so deep that it is never brought into question" then there's no problem. It's only if the line is read as meaning "My love for my country means I never question what it does" that it becomes an expression of a false, mindless loyalty.

The nationalism of the poem is also a little overwrought, but this is understandable given it was written at the end of World War One, when a generation of British men had indeed made tremendous sacrifices for their country.

Which brings us back to the Bishop of Hulme. He says that "it is dangerous for a nation to suggest that our culture is somehow superior to others." This comment reveals the influence over the bishop of a secular liberal philosophy.

For liberals, society is a collection of competing wills. Social dynamics are therefore understood in terms of a "will to power" of some groups over others. So, for the bishop, an expression of nationalism can only be understood as one group, the English, asserting a right to dominance, a right to superiority, over another group, the non-English.

But this liberal understanding entirely misses the point of the hymn. The hymn stresses very clearly that national feeling is not based on a will to power but on a love of country. In fact, the hymn makes no mention at all of English superiority, and could easily be adopted by any other national group. And far from urging national dominance, the hymn actually calls for gentleness and peace.

The problem is therefore not the nationalism of the hymn but the liberalism of the bishop. The bishop is conceiving things too much in bad faith; he needs to trust better the nationalism that is based on a genuine love of one's own country and people".

And PID points out that the full version of Australia's national anthem would have our Leftist Bishop frothing at the mouth!

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