Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Grateful

No flags. No symbols.



Just happy that I live here.

We're not perfect, but I think it's about as close as any country can get

As Mark Seymour wrote in an opinion piece in the Age on Sunday, "there are all these other places that have exciting, vibrant cultures with a great deal to offer...many of them just as sophisticated and interesting as ours...perhaps more so'"

Australia Day is not a day all Australians think is worth celebrating and lately it feels like it's turned into a day that's all about BBQ'd lamb. I hope that's not really the case.

This year, the Australian of the Year is Professor Pat McGorry. A psychiatrist who has worked with young people with mental health issues. All I can say is, thank goodness it's not another sportsman, specifically, a cricketer. It seems over the past 20 years or so, we seem to have had our fair share of sportspeople taking out the country's top honour.

Congratulations Professor. Your recognition is well deserved.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Lesley - I support your sentiment. Hope you had a lovely Australia Day yesterday. - Tina x

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  2. What a worthy man to be given Australian of the Year.

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  3. I agree - I'm glad it's not another sportsperson too.

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  4. Hear, hear, and I still can't get over the fact that one year Paul Hogan was Australian of the Year. I mean really did those ads with the shrimp on the barbie (cringe) really merit such an esteemed honour?
    Cheers
    Engracia

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