ED: This article came into my inbox over the weekend, I know who sent it but don’t know who the author is.

When the history of the decline and fall of the great nation that was Australia is written, how will scholars trace its downward spiral?

Will they tag that point at which a vast percentage of the workforce became so lazy and ill-disciplined that it could no longer entertain the thought of travelling to the workplace and demanded to work from home.

Get up, shower, get dressed and walk to the bus stop? You must be joking.

Employers, led by governments, buckled to their demands and what was a Covid-convenience became regarded as an absolute right.

Lifestyle, the historians will note, became the worker’s mantra which superseded diligence and dedication with heavy penalties imposed on those bosses who dared contact an employee one minute after their official clock-off time.

“More money, less work” they chanted as they logged off and stretched back on the couch.

“More money, less work” said the unions and the government said “No worries, comrades” as productivity slipped lower and then lower again.

Maybe they will chart it as beginning at that time when people became so lazy that they could no longer be bothered to prepare meals and instead headed for the nearest takeaway outlet and then, tiring of the effort involved in so doing, picked up their phones and had their calorie laden meals delivered to their doors.

More food, less effort they sighed sinking once more onto the couch and the nation got fatter and fatter and fatter.

Perhaps the historians will chart this decline from the moment that a prime minister embraced lying as a virtue and the masses, in exchange for a handful of government largesse, nodded dumbly and pocketed the proffered coins.

Others might wonder if the moral rot took hold when governments failed to act against the murderous, hateful outpourings from some Muslim clerics, fearful that if it did, it might cost it votes in those electorates with a high proportion of Muslims.

Most people, either ignorant or too self-obsessed to care shrugged at these outrages and went back to moaning about the price of petrol and groceries.

Holocaust? That’s history, mate. Nothing to do with me.

It was when mobs roamed the streets, others might suggest, assaulting and robbing the innocent while the system supposed to deliver justice and protect them smiled and said: “They’re juveniles. They know not what they do. Release them” that the once great society began to crumble.

It was the concept of two Australia’s, other historians might argue, that divided and weakened the nation’s underpinnings for a nation divided cannot but fall.

As they trawl through the archives, they will find that the country became split between the Indigenous and the non-Indigenous, the former demanding special treatment and the latter sensing this went against the principles of democracy.

These historians will pore over the results of the Voice referendum and wonder why, when the people had made their wishes clear, the demands for two classes of Australians to exist continued and with them demands for money and land. The governments folded and gave away more money and signed away vast tracts of the country and the people’s discontent smouldered and their resentment grew.

Scholars might also note that the nation began its decline at the same time that the churches began to empty and the sports stadiums filled as sport became the new religion.

Grateful for this distraction from the reality of economic decline, politicians built bigger and better stadiums and states outbid each other for the right to hold games, premiers and prime ministers sitting in the grandstands like latter day emperors as the gladiators took to the field and the crowd roared as the country grew poorer and poorer.

Scholars wondering why, as the wheels of industry began to slow, the government did nothing to avert the looming crisis may find the answer in the cries of the people who demanded more handouts and more subsidies.

So the government gave them more money and they smiled and settled once more back on the couch. “More money, less work” they sighed.

The scholars will also find images of the giant windmills that began to cover the landscape as power stations closed and the country’s leaders held hands and cried “net zero, net zero” and as they did the lights went out for the last time and darkness enveloped the land and the great country that was once Australia was no more.



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  • Swannie May 27, 2024   Reply →

    Courier Mail earlier t this month

  • Steve Wise May 27, 2024   Reply →

    A lot of what is said in the letter reflects the comment amongst the old folks near where I live.
    Only takes a couple of beers on Anzac Day as the discussion heads around to “poor old” Barry,
    in his 80’s. Bashed by three teenagers so they could belt around the park in his electric 3 wheeler.
    Conversation is a little subdued when some one says “see it was Muriel’s grandson wot dun it”.
    Muriel and Sam no longer come to local social gatherings, too ashamed and embarrassed now.
    The three ugly little brats a boy and a girl 13 yrs. old and a boy 11, were apprehended the next day and
    out on bail in the afternoon. Horseplay the Magistrate said, probably just fell out of his scooter.
    They stole more than that from old Barry, “the Magistrate and the three”, more than the 9 bucks in his
    purse and his busted up scooter. They stole his self respect and the pride he had in wearing his medals
    on the Day.
    I am angry when I think about it, but more than that, I feel guilty that there is nothing in place to help him.

  • Rod Spragg May 28, 2024   Reply →

    Unfortunately this country has been going and continues to go down the drain for a very long time and if you look back most if not all of it started around the time that G Whitlam and his co hort J Cairns were in charge and the politicians of the same ilk have done NOTHING to improve things, they only improve things for themselves. I read somewhere that a certain politician had five houses and I would be interested to know how a public servant manages to do that when I had to go to a war to qualify for a war service loan and even when I put in for it the government department knocked back my application.

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