Aborigines fought for our (Australian) flag. I heard that somewhere but I forget where or the context. No matter. I doubt many Aborigines think well of the Australian flag. To them it probably represents many of the wrongs of the past.
A radio presenter friend has a new phone answering person. R spoke to her on the phone one day and she was absolutely lovely. Our friend tells us that she has two exceptionally attractive sons in their twenties. She is what is, or was known as a Burgher, in the colonial country of Celyon, now Sri Lanka. Burghers, a mix of Sri Lankan and Portuguese are normally pale skinned, but not always. They were often schooled at Catholic church institutions, and so speak English very well.
From knowing many Anglo Indians and Burghers from Ceylon, they regret when the British left their colonies and left them to their own devices.
While I know there were many wrongs done to colonial countries, Australia included, by our then British masters, we and some of the former colonies have inherited some very special laws and manners of governance from Britain that should be treasured.
In some ways I dislike the self satisfied Australia for so many reason, but then I take full advantage of it and live a quite comfortable life in Australia.
Australia was Aboriginal first before Britain invaded the country, and
that is exactly what happened, so I don't mind if Aborigines want to
protest about Invasion Day. The facts and our mistreatment of the native
population cannot be denied. But we are here now for good and bad and
we are all Australian.
The Headmaster wrote a note on Australia's report card: Could to better but natural talent and luck makes Oz an ok place.
PS This should of course been posted on Australia Day, yesterday, but in typical Australian fashion it is up the day after, on the public holiday for Australia Day.