Tuesday, August 13, 2013

August 13 On This Day in Aussie History

Being the boring old fart that I am I fell asleep before 8pm last night so missed last nights Q&A episode.
But, never fear!
I awoke in the wee small hours to hear ABC radio announcing that Mr Pyne had claimed there would never be an increase in the GST under the LNP.
Immediately brought to mind the famous 'throwaway' line of former PM Howard that there would never, ever be a GST under his Government.
But can we equally believe the other side?

As The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band sang oh so many years ago...
No Matter Who You Vote For The Government Always Gets In.

So, anyway, onto more important matters....
What's the difference between Cinderella and the Aussie Cricket Batting Team?
Cinderella knew when to leave the ball.

What do a bride and the Aussie Cricket Team have in common?
Their white outfits show that they're new to all of this.

What's the difference between a smoker and the Aussie Cricket Team?
At least a smoker knows they eventually have to quit.

Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all day.
*crickets chirping*

1959 - The House of Representatives were debating the National Marriage Act when they erupted at the news that the Darwin "Protector" of Aborigines had denied permission to Gladys Namagu to marry her white fiancee Mick Daly.
The Menzies Govt promised such discrimination would never be written into Australian Marriage law.

1817 - John Oxley, naval chappie and sometime explorer, tripped over a body of water he claimed to have discovered but it took another 11 years for Charles Stuart to christen it the New Year Creek but the correct Aboriginal name which it now bears, Bogan River, means birthplace of a king.

1914 - The Australian Red Cross was established by a sensible chook by the moniker of Lady Helen Munro-Ferguson.

2004 - Amidst rage and tears during a debate the Senate passed the Howard Government amendment to the Marriage Act which banned same-sex marriages.

"No matter who you vote for the government always gets in"


  1. Aaargh. And sadly I think it requires the impossible (both of our major parties working together) before we can have justice in our marriage laws. Point scoring seems to be much more fun...

  2. Bogan river birthplace of a king?