I was all of twenty-one when I shocked my family by voting for Paul Keating.  Not one of my finest moments I think they’d agree.

And whether my reasons were well researched enough to be voting for something as important as Prime Minister, is absolutely up for debate.  However what I did know at the time is that just because my family had always voted Liberal, that wasn’t enough for me to do so just to keep them happy.

I do remember though that what I did admire about Keating, was his ability to just say things, without worrying about what people thought, or whether it was said in a way deemed appropriate at the time.

He’s back in the news this week, thanks to the launch of his book After Words, and once again is not mincing his words.

Fresh off the back of the Queen’s visit Keating compared Australia with a “lost child, waving your little flag, unsure of the landscape around us.”

And “we need to go there ourselves with our heads up, knowing who we are and what we stand for, not as some drifting group looking for a strategic benefactor, like the United States as now or Britain as it was before.”

He said Australians were “people uncertain of their values, holding on to the Queen’s coat tails while waving those embarrassing flags.”  The latter a poor choice of words.

Yet typically Keating comes off a little abrasive, although I believe, something to maybe think about.

Naturally the Republican debate was kicked off again as part of the Queen’s visit, and although I do hope out of respect the subject wasn’t disrespectfully thrown into Her Majesty’s face, it is worth at least for us as a Nation to consider how it is we perceive ourselves these days and how we see our place in the world.

How much have we grown, and do we really need to feel that because our history and culture doesn’t date back as far as the rest of the world, haven’t we well and evolved and developed as a serious Nation?

I do love the Queen and all that she represents in terms of our history, and as such I believe while she is still alive, I’d like to keep her as a symbolic figurehead.

However once she is gone, I will have very little interest in Prince Charles having a role in our country.  Sure he can step up to his place as the King of Britain, but he is not someone we need to inherit.

Even this week with all the Melbourne Cup and Spring Carnival celebrations, I felt a tad disgruntled that we’re forced to look like we’re such a Nation of sycophants by the way we carry on, perhaps more so in the media, about all the international celebrities that have graced us with their presence.

C’mon, isn’t it just a little bit desperate and sad that we are supposed to be so excited and honoured that these hugely famous names have come all this way to our little event?  Our little event that is arguably the biggest on the world horse racing calendar.

Perhaps it might feel a little more warm and fuzzy if we didn’t know that the Kim Kardashian’s Adrian Grenier’s and other names that half the population can’t work out where they’re from, had been paid stupid amounts to come here and give us lip service about the so –called honour of being here?

Why do these people’s names even make it into our news about the event?

There are interesting people that from all over the world that come  to attend events in Australia, including the Melbourne Cup and yet unless they’re on an American TV show or the like it doesn’t seem to be enough.

Surely it’s time for we as Australian’s to start putting our pride where our mouth is and stop looking for external validation to make us feel good?  I think we are enough and we need to start believing it.



  1. In reality, no royalties are needed – in any Country. They are an extra expence for taxpayers, they are for most parts, no longer what used to be Royal Blood (if they were, they would have been far to in-bred), Today Royal Families, are trying to keep them selves and their previous status alive, by marrying marketing assistans, office clerks and all sorts of “normal” breeding. There is no space for that ancient artificial Glamour world, paied by hard working people. The so-called Royalties, has no power in any way, not in politics, or in any other matter, do they matter. It is a ridicilous Circus, that cost way to much, not worth the money in general.

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