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To the Most Honourable Professor of Good Sense, David Lowe, I’ve just read your opinion in our beloved Byron Echo, on the Tingle Issue – from predominantly the Murdoch press.

Thank you for dealing out the cards of actualised truth. Yes we do live in a predominantly racist country.

Your reasoning of that fact remaining in perpetuity while a ‘holier than thou’ attitude remains, is very true. The simple understanding of how the human brain, in general, operates is clear evidence of this. The truth of the lies we live are within.

Another piece of related interest I’ve noted is that one of our most respected historian writers and thinkers, on this very subject of the Australian brand of racism, is David Hill, whose recent documentation of the truths of our invasion of this continent are described accurately within the pages of his monumental research into 1788 The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet.

Under the guise of a penal colony to get rid of the huge overcrowding of jails in England, they chose a landing site on a faraway place that was thought to be very sparsely populated and up for grabs, where they could dump these worthless criminals and solve their problem.

So they thought! In fact, it only caused another problem and a huge lie.

The irony of this comment I make on David Hill’s remarkable research, is that he is a previous chair of the ABC and, to my understanding, the present ABC have not been supportive of Laura Tingle and the true rationale behind her brave statement.

What is it with our ABC? That it can’t stand its ground for its choice of high-performing journalists who speak the truth and defend their level of integrity, that is unbeknownst or undervalued by the ABC, when obviously it’s upholding the integrity of their service to Australia! It must be a too-hard-a-call for them to allow some truths to prevail?

Another example of this is Stan Grant, who may at times have been a loose cannon, he was turned from his respected place as a high-profile journalist and international political commentator, for speaking his mind on racial discrimination. He of all people has seen and experienced it at first hand. But to turn their backs on these bravehearts is, I think, counterproductive to the reeducation. It borders on censorship or suppression. When in fact the point has been missed. This racism I speak of is alive and well deepened in our psyche, below our conscious awareness and seeps out from most, in ordinary conversations. The trick is to listen to yourself.

We have come a long way so far since settlement in 1788, and as you’ve said David, we are the most successful multicultural nation, and in many respects as one moves around this country we are doing our best to respect everyone’s rights and democratic freedoms of expression. Education and the practice of its learnings is crucial to the understanding of its benefits. Democracy is not an easy cake to eat and many suffer with chronic indigestion.

Thank you again David, I would appreciate reading more of your thoughts from our Tiny Tinsel Town’s Echo. The only true independent democratised newspaper in Australia, I think?

Savaad Churcher-Wells, Byron Bay

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  1. The Murdoch Media Empire and its war against the ABC is no revelation, confecting issues and outrage shows how small they really are.
    That ABC management didn’t back Laura Tingle, who only spoke the truth, shows how small they really are as well.

  2. There can be legitimate debate as to whether Laura spoke the truth or simply made an unhelpful generalisation that will do nothing to discourage racism. However, what I think is clear is that someone in her position at the ABC should not use that priviledged position in what many perceive as a partisan way. As it happens I generally agree with her on most political issues but I think she is damaging the ABC and that will become more obvious when a future conservative government cuts ABC funding or, heaven forbid, foists some of the Sky News crew on an unsuspecting ABC audience. For examples of how good journalists at insitutions like the ABC should conduct themselves, turn into the PBS Newshour (rebroadcast on SBS); you seldom know what their personal views are, excepting those identified as opinion makers and balanced by someone with differing views.

  3. You know what’s so weird about this discussion was that tingle was talking about Dutton’s continuing dog whistling: African gangs, immigration, complaints about Lebanese immigrants compared to white South African farmers. Now that is political commentary we want.


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