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An Ode to John Howard.

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Not quite. The only thing owed to John Howard is a good hard kick or seven square in the nuts, but this comment by David Fitzpatrick of Deakin University in response to this previous post is just, well… please do read it for yourself.

These last eleven years have deepened my understanding of Australia to its bedrock. Beyond this it is dream, the never-never, the attempt to forget-the endless cycle of pain and forgetting, the endless drought and flooding rain of hatred and hysteria, and that saddest of all Australian customs the belated making of amends that wither in its heat like its landscape. I have grown-up Johnny, thanks to you, and I will never be the same again. One day we will make a country if there remains an earth to make it in-one day if we can bear it-and your tutelage of all the miseries of all our beginnings, your object lessons of servitude, humiliation, hatred and guilt will spur us on.


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December 10, 2007 at 12:36 am

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  1. He really appealed to the lower human characterisics: greed, selfishness, xenophobia, and right wingedness. I feel sad and angry that he so easily captured and magnified elements of racism and self interest which are present in our community, and am pessimistic about Kevin Rudd’s interest in steering our country away from this approach.


    December 11, 2007 at 3:58 am

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