The way I read your post, Dave, leaves me admitting …

Comment on Will we better understand the ‘Recognise’ referendum than we did the 1967 one? by Russell Guy.

The way I read your post, Dave, leaves me admitting my own inadequate grasp of citizenship.
Did the fact that five unelected judges in the USA, who recently mandated same-sex marriage, have anything to do with the fact that the USA has a bill of rights, while Australia does not?
Your comment about unelected “but very powerful elites” seems more related to freedom of speech, something which our democracy prizes, within reason, e.g., incitement to hatred, but freedom of religious belief is challenged under the same-sex redefinition of marriage by private member’s bills proposed for Australia as it is after the USA decision and UK deliberations have revealed.
How does a society preserve that tradition?
Is the jury in or still out in Australia?
I agree with your comments regarding disadvantage and the merit principle. I also remember Bill Hayden saying and memory forces me to paraphrase: “Democracy is fraught, but compared to anarchy, I’ll take it.”
He might as well have said that it’s fraught with contradiction, something which has all of us blindsided at times, so yes, caution is advised when it comes to changing the Constitution.
I believe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are convening further meetings nation-wide to assess the situation and that is a good thing.
Perhaps, it’s why no date has yet been set for the Referendum.
How we deal with each other’s contradictions distinguishes a democracy and ourselves, both as a society and as a people under law. I would have to say that this is the nub.

Recent Comments by Russell Guy

New abattoir for Alice? Some cattle men pushing for it.
@ Trevor Shiell: I’ve been following your posts for some time and they are so on the money that I almost feel depressed after reading your sustained critique of government apathy when it comes to your table of viable industry and opportunities missed.
What is it?
Are you so far ahead of your time that you are dismissed for being a prophet (we don’t do prophets much anymore) or is it that nobody, including MLAs can be bothered to debate you?
The almost total silence that greets your researched posts is a wonder in itself.
I wonder how you can keep posting in the face of such indifference, but, as has been noted in the Broken Window of Tolerance story on these pages, hope springs eternal.
It’s another wonder than nobody has bottled it and sold it in the Mall.

Youth crisis: broken window of tolerance
This is a clear distillation of much of what has been said in these pages for a number of years by many people trying to rationalise the progressive liberalism which has left a legacy of seven days per week takeaway alcohol.
Social engineering is a term used to describe social movements and their effect, but present alcohol reform is deconstructing modern social policy by trying to rationalise liberal supply and its pathology.
The Cultural Revolution that brought sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll to the post-war generation, many of whom became politicians, is as much implicated as anything else when it comes to determining the kind of values societies need to follow in a postmodern world.

Collective memoir of Tracker wins top prize
Great to see that memoir, too long stuck in a rut of selected facts, is forging ahead as a genre that can be worked into a prize-winning consideration and that Australian literature is recognised as being capable of speaking to a present-day cultural reality. Congratulations to the author.

In a flap over flags – a possible compromise?
I think your idea has merit, Alex and I hope it gets up. I made a similar point a month ago concerning other strategic vantage points for the Aboriginal flag, posted 20th February, 2018 at 2:03pm:

Feel free to try this at home
The last Sunday in March is apparently ‘Neighbourhood Day’ around Australia. This morning, I was given a free cup of tea at a market stall, announcing the event.
A gent next to me said, “G’day, neighbour.”
I was momentarily affronted that he would break into my morning to tell me this after having had my home broken into during the weak.
I told him so and said that I would get over it, but it’s not the first time I’ve been robbed and I’m bruised.
The flyer that came with the free cuppa said: “The principal aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with the people who live around us. Neighbours are important because good relationships with others can and do change communities, connections help prevent loneliness, isolation and depression. Reach out to families with children and teenagers in your community to help them connect and belong.”
I haven’t exactly been shy about doing this for most of my adult life, but I’m tired, burnt-out, lonely and depressed enough to be affronted by a simple act of goodwill from an anonymous man, posing as a neighbour at a market stall on Saturday morning.
Does anyone else feel like this?

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