"And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda"

Gary MacLennan g.maclennan at qut.edu.au
Thu Aug 21 22:20:44 MDT 2003

At 11:03 PM 21/08/2003 -0400, Lou wrote:
>There's another song titled "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" by
>Australian folksinger Eric Bogle that is very relevant to today's world.

Bogle is a Scottish migrant, and an example of something I truly believe
about Australia.  It needs regular injections of radical ideas from
outside.  Otherwise it stagnates in the white colonial swamp.  Very much
the fate of all master classes and their would be subalterns.

The other item of news in Australia at the moment is the jailing of the Far
Right One Nation Party Leader Pauline Hanson.  She got 3 years.  Her
supporters will cop it because like Trotsky said of the Fascists for the
most part they are human dust.  They whinge & complain but they cop it
sweet.  The free to air channels did some vox pop interviews of her
supporters and they were classic red neck, stupid and ignorant types.  I
was and have been intrigued by her support among men from what I term the
Viagra belt - 55 something.  They loved her and her policies.  Now their
time is truly up.

Why the long sentence though?  Well Hanson was always "trailer park trash"
in the eyes of the establishment.  She was also bad for business with her
anti-Asia line.  So they got their revenge on her for being uppitty.

Is this a chapter in Australian politics closed?  Well no because her
politics, especially the racist anti-migrant & refugees elements, have been
taken up by the ruling party under John Howard.

Don't his racist politics hurt business as well?  The answer is yes
(potentially) and this is also the source of opposition to his pro-American
policies within the capitalist class.

But the opposition is muted because for the moment it looks like Australia
can have her cake and eat it.  Thus she can be pro-American and not suffer
any economic consequences.  We will see though.



Dr Gary MacLennan
Film & Television Discipline
Creative Industries Faculty
Gardens Point Campus
Brisbane 4001

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