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“Un-Australian.com.au” – on what being Australian means

May 4, 2011

Herman O'Hermitage

Herman O'Hermitage


Title: It’s – “Un-Australian.com.au” –

Byline: … ‘on what being Australian means –

“… the QUESTION is still to be Answered …”

Article by: Herman O’Hermitage


Last night I went out to meet Andy. Andy received a letter from ICAC saying they could not prosecute a corrupt behaviour. That is the way it is in NSW, a bloated and corrupt public service that is totally out of touch with reality, but that is all an adjunct to the main point. While meeting Andy I saw a poster at the RSL club asking patrons to log on to its-unaustralian.com.au

The poster is trying to raise an army to fight the proposed anti poker machine legislation. The poster got me thinking.

In 2001 it was Australia’s centenary of Federation. Our Prime Minister at the time asked all Australian’s to dwell on what being an Australian means. That was a decade ago. Do we forget, or has it merely slipped into the back of our mind.

Is it Australian to suck on society the way the poker machine industry does, returning very little to society, and constantly saying that they are a vibrant example within society? Basically to lie, and cheat people out of their hard earned cash in the name of entertainment?

Is it Australian to be the Treasurer of this nation, and keep denying that our over valued currency, which is destroying jobs in tourism and higher education and other export sector is actually a win for all Australians because of the mining boom. Does this man forget that boom leads to bust?

Is it Australian for those who work in the office of ICAC or the Ombudsman to constantly meet all matters with brick bats effectively saying “I am alright Jack, just rack off”?

Please tell me. What does it mean to be, to be an Australian?

Is it OK for the PM to attend the royal nuptials when it is long held that is the job of the Vice Regal? (Yesterday someone said how about the good she did in Japan, what good? He was referring to a free trade agreement with Japan, when it is plain to see that free trade agreements undermine fair trade).

Lachlan Macquarie had a bunch of red coats flogged in public to try to display that Australia (NSW at the time) did not have two sets of standards, one for the underclass and one for authority. Is that Being Australian.

Where Eyeball is fighting with Fraser Coast Council over an Aqua Therapy programme for the aged and disabled is that Australian either;

  1. to keep the bastards honest, or
  2. for that council to keep saying “I am alright Jack, just rack off”?

This weeks’ 4 Corners was particularly inspiring. Where the Wik people of far North Queensland have been devastated by alcoholism, Louise O’Donoghue and others new mantra is “Welfare does not help, only education does” I would like to nominate that as being Australian. Much of Australia’s greatness stems from those egalitarian attributes.

Please nominate some more.

And to those who promote this Its Un-Australian campaign for their own greedy and selfish and deceptive needs, you please rack off.

The greatest quality of this blog site is that it promotes thinking in alternatives. It also can be educational. Our media has stopped fulfilling this role. Why not share some stories on inspiring Australians, and as John Howard said a decade ago, truly define what being Australian means.

Herman …


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  1. yoda
    May 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Well Herman, its UnAustralian (UA)to whinge like hell and make subjective statements about people.
    Its AU to keep making rules for people, when they can act responsibily themselves (poker machines).
    Its UA to take a disability allowance and not try and fix yourself.
    Its UA to critise our Prime Minister when she is representing her county.
    Its UA to critise short green men who are much wiser than you.
    Its UA to flog anybody unless it is a sporting match.

    All in all Herman, your a pretty f_cking disgraceful example of an Australian and I hereby nominate you so UA as to not be able to subject your opinion on the matter. Does anybody out there want to second the nomination?

  2. May 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    You take on Herman at your own peril Yoda … I know you both and if you did not already know it – you’re the pissant who has to stand on a stool to piss … so when it comes to playing a pokie … depressed and mindless you might not be – but for Corporate Australian to be so Un-Australian and take the mick from these souls – someone has to call them to account …

  3. Herman
    May 5, 2011 at 7:13 am

    At times bigotry is best ignored. Many 8 year olds will desist when they don’t get attention.

    Australia does have its share of ugly Australians. I repeat what Louise O”donoghue and others said “Sometimes Education is the key”

    Is this Yoda the Yokel?

  4. yoda
    May 5, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Sounds to me that Bigotry is not the issue, Un Australian was the issue.
    To be Australian is to be opinionated, to give a fair go, to take responsibility for your own actions and then be prepared to accept everyone at face value until they prove themselves other than what they present. I take exception to Eye Ball writing with anger, although his premise is well intentioned. Fundamentally he is a genious, but with poor method and ability to communicate and tacticlly read a situation.
    It would seem that you poor Herman suffer from the same affliction. I too could take your side in the poker machine argument, but I chose to defend the other side by free choice. Obviously when dealing with Addictions all sorts of issues come into place. Gambling, Alcholism, Sex and so on. To ask government to be the adjudicator in this process is a different solution to being “Australian”, an Australian would treat it on its merits and say ” stop bloodywell doing that, can’t you see its ruining your life”. The subjectiveness of introducing rules for every ill we have in our society is one of the many huge mistakes we make in the attempt to protect people from themselves. If there is corruption in a process, then lets look at the corruption. Whether corporates or board members or charities are benefitting from addictions is a matter of common law and if guilty of same they should be prosecuted.
    When you can learn to seperate the humanity from the situation rather than the empathy you feel for the afflicted – then you will be much more composed to take forward a solution or protest.

    PS Please do not quote from history for what Governor Macquarrie would have done as it was not an era where many current issues were relevant. Now in this era its time not to look backward and reflect. Todays ills are very unique to us and the future, is what we need to understand. BETTER

  5. Herman
    May 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Evolution according to Charles Darwin is adaption to circumstance. Did Charles Darwin attempt to say, “history is bunkum”. Or I am try attempt to comprehend that Charles Darwin is futile because he did not live in our era? He is nothing but history?

    Play the ball, and not the man! Slanging matches are wholly futile!

  6. Herman
    May 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

    The use of the law of large numbers here is thought provoking. The Law of Large Numbers is from studies in statistics. Maybe computer programmers use the law of large numbers in designing computer program gambling algorithms but that would not apply to individual gamblers. The computer can and will operate 24 hours 7 days a week. It is simply impossible for a human to do this. By way of example just the need to go to the bathroom is a distraction, or in statistical speak a perturbation.

    I can not fathom how anyone can trust a computer to represent chance. In Keno the computer knows the payout ratio for each number combination before it randomly selects 20 numbers. In Lotto the same is true. In Lotto it would be very easy to select an outcome for publicity. The same holds true for Keno. When you see balls randomly selected, Lotto, that is chance. When you don’t see them randomly selected Keno, you can only wonder.

    For years I have predicted that one day they will beam telecasts of racing from Mars. We will not know or be able to validate the results, only the telecaster will be able to know accuracy. It has happened. We now have simulated racing being presented in NSW clubs. But this blog is aimed fairly and squarely at the social disease that poker machines have become. A half a century ago poker machines were designed to be noisy and glitzy, to attract attention. What has changed? Is this also true of on line gambling. Increase the hype?

    Phase 2 of the “Its UnAustralian” campaign has now rolled out. It is now accompanyied with a caption that reads “A did not vote for a license to Punt”. It has been incremented with a petition that starts “I reject the governments’ proposed……”

    On Tuesday night while I was listening to the treasurer deliver his fourth budget Eddie called me from the RSL. A wag had simply crossed out the word “reject” on the petition and written “accept”. He wanted to nominate that character for being Australian. It has the dry humour and cheek of the humble thinking “Australian”. Eddie added that on that page there was not a single signature.

  7. Herman
    May 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Oh and Eyeball we have a spam on this site “casinofreegamesblog” which needs to be blocked.

  8. Raymond Rigali
    May 27, 2011 at 4:39 am

    I haven’t checked in here for a while since I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are good quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my everyday bloglist.You deserve it friend 🙂

  9. mazon
    August 20, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I’m not sure that I agree 100% with your post, but I did find it interesting.

  10. ganocrine
    July 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Keep functioning ,fantastic job!

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