Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 29 On this day in Assorted Aussie History

Ahhhh, don't you just love hard rubbish collections?
Not only have I been cracking the whip on the spouse to clear some serious backlog of crap from our house and backyard - yes, he's been OUTSIDE in the SUNLIGHT for more than a cigarette of late! - but we've gone hard rubbish shopping ourselves and scored some really decent finds.
I shall dub this The Year of The Window Blind.
On one day I picked up 2 as new cedar venetian wooden blinds, 4 as new fabric roman blinds and 3 as new PVC roller blinds.
There were quite a number of other venetian wooden blinds I didn't pick, being water stained or worn, and plenty of fab furniture anyone would go nuts over ; an antique wardrobe, table and chairs, couches galore (some in excellent condition, others having seen a wild romp or three) a great modern rattan outdoor furniture setting, complete with waterproof cushions, that only needed a quick dab with some linseed oil or whatever to sparkle again plus shedloads more goodies.

1981 - In yon City of Churches aka Adelaide the 7th National Conference for Lesbians and Homosexual men was held with nary a one of the churches collapsing in a shower of bricks.

1837 - The Select Committee on Aborigines (one wonders how they were select!) in the British Settlements flourished its report to the House of Commons in which some bright spark had noted that the invasion of Aboriginal lands by Europeans had either intentionally or oops, sorry about that, old chap unintentionally led to the destruction of Aboriginal society and even genocide.
Gee whiz, really?
Who'd a thunk it....

1928 - At Port Kembla they were doing their bit for the environment when Australian Iron and Steel LTD began operating its blast furnace on this day.

1978 - The Sydney Morning Herald, upholding the 'moral right' *cough bullshit cough*, published the names, addressed and personal details of those arrested during the 4th Homosexual Conference march two days earlier.

1992 - The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir sung their guts out and won the Community Choir’s section of the Australian National Choral Championships in Wagga.

2000 - A mere 13 years ago the Howard Govt spat the dummy at the UN and flounced out of the UNs Human Rights Committees and vowed to obstruct any monitoring of Aussie human rights.
Yeah, take that, UN!
Us Aussie don't need no stinking human rights!
Pfft to Cabinet refusing to sign a protocol to fight discrimination against our sheilas and who cares if the Committee of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination had 13 concerns for Oz mandatory sentencing whereas China  only had 10?
And who cares that the Fair isle of Oz was the first country in 1948 to propose an international court of human rights, that's all blah-di-blah in the past, this is the year 2013 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012  613 BC and we can treat women, Indigenous, LGBT and asylum seekers anyhow we choose.

5 comments:

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Elephant's Child said...

Ouch on your last point. I wish (how I wish) that it wasn't true. But it is.

Andrew said...

Your council must do announced hard rubbish collection where everyone puts their stuff out on the street. Our city has a request service, four times a year. You ring and book and put your stuff out. It works well for us, but in conventional streets with houses, I have heard that one person books to have their hard rubbish collected and neighbours see their rubbish put out and assume there is a collection for all and put their rubbish out too.

Jayne said...

Yep, EC, so wrong in 2013 :(

Jayne said...

Yes, Andrew, we're still allowed to put ours out for the pickers to pick through lol.

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