I didn't plan on using this blog as a platform for a rant, but I read something yesterday that has left me shocked. I love Australia and the people that live there - I wouldn't have spent so many years there if I hadn't, and of course, I have family and friends there too. I always believed the people to be very down to earth and "no nonsense" yet completely welcoming and with big hearts, but how have they managed to elect a government that is more PC than the EU?
The world is in a financial crisis, people are dying in parts of the world because of famine and war, the Arab world is in turmoil - so what is Australia concerned with? Removing the birth of Jesus Christ as a reference point for dates in school history books. So what year are we really living in if not 2011AD? The terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) are to be replaced with BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era). It may be a secular government but it is a Christian country surely. What's next - are they going to ban Christmas or just rename it so that they can still benefit from public holidays? Surely changes such these are for public debate and a referendum. I hope that common sense will prevail and the row that has delayed these changes from being pushed through for next year will halt this idiocy.
What is this obsession with change for the sake of change? I can see no other reason for making a change such as this - and if you're wondering why I'm bothered by this it's because changes which take place in one country usually begin to work their way around to other countries - England next? I can see no benefit to this change unless it's atheism or some disillusioned attempt to remove christianity from reference points so that other faiths are not "offended" - as if any truly religious person would be offended by another's religious beliefs!
Oh, and have the people of Queensland who lost so much during the flooding been re-homed and compensated for their losses and are their lives back to normal? I'm not sure that they are - I think the Australian Labour Government would do better to concentrate on the welfare of the Australian people rather than tinkering with history due to their own sense of superiority - or is that inferiority?