We’re always reluctant to leave Amsterdam and come back to Australia. We’re delighted to see our family and friends again of course, but when, after five months out of the country, the plane thuds down at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport and we open a newspaper we’re jolted into a depressing reality check.
The Sydney Morning Herald would claim to be the best daily newspaper in Australia. This is not a trashy tabloid. This is where thinking Australians go to get their news about the important issues of the day.
The top stories reported on the SMH website (excerpt above): a football final, a celebrity engagement (cricketer Shane Warne and actor Liz Hurley), a prostitute/businessman scandal, Courtney Love to tell all about Kurt Cobain, restaurants to maybe cost more at weekends, a car crash, a tax fraud, a rugby player’s wild night out and headlining the news today, wait for it…An online shopping site can’t supply 100,000 people with the cheap Havaiana sandals they ordered! Shock, horror!!! Gee, you really have to feel for all those poor hard-working Australians who spent $24 and may not even get their thongs in time for summer.
It’s a holiday weekend here, and it’s good to know there’s nothing else going on in the world that we should be concerned about.
Meanwhile we hear people moaning about the Carbon Tax - a government plan to make the country’s 500 biggest polluters pay for some of the damage they do to the environment. Why should we pay a tax, they whine, when China and the USA and all those other dirty countries overseas cause far more pollution than little Australia does?
Oh? So if the factory down the road is pumping waste into the river, it’s perfectly fine for you to dump your household garbage there too? A little more mess hardly makes any difference, does it?
And what about that terrible flood of hundreds, yes HUNDREDS of refugees arriving in boats and totally ruining the way of life of the 22 million decent, hard-working Australians who had the foresight to get here first?
Politicians are trying to outdo each other with their promises to stop the boats, sink them and make the illegal immigrants swim back to Afghanistan, or Malaysia or wherever. They’re probably all terrorists anyway, or at least Muslims. Yes, we believe in mateship and fair play, that’s the Aussie spirit. So sorry, we’d like to help, but what with this global financial thingy, we can’t right now. Ordinary Australian families are doing it real tough at the moment.
Australians doing it tough?? You need to get out more. Harden up, princess – when drinkable water comes out of your kitchen tap, you are not doing it tough compared to most people who have ever lived on this planet. Even if you’ve just blown $24 on a dodgy designer flip-flop deal.
Beaut to be back. Please excuse the rant. I’ll write again soon – about the things we love here.