Heritage Site vandalized twenty three years ago.

Vandalism and desecration of heritage monuments, memorials and statues appears to the latest fashion of the screaming Left. The whole concept however is not original; it’s just been adopted from the United States and advocates are simply jumping on the bandwagon. Commentators like Stan Grant aren’t very original in their thoughts. Simply put, he could see public mileage running with the issue, so away he went. What he and his like-minded comrades espouse is just a copy-cat action of their colleagues in the USA.

Sadly in Tasmania heritage monument vandalism began twenty three years ago since 1995. The Tasmanian Government either Liberal or Labor appear unwilling or simply are not interested in tackling the situation. They are, in my opinion, either politically attuned to what has gone on or are – as in the words of a headmaster of mine many years ago – “spineless jellyfish”.

To highlight my point we have to go back in history to fully understand what is meant.

In September 1803 a twenty three old man, Lieutenant John Bowen Royal Navy with 48 other souls, made up of administrators, military personnel, free settlers and convicts landed at a spot called Risdon Cove on the River Derwent four miles north of modern Hobart city. Bowen and his settlers laid the foundations of Tasmania, it being the first British settlement in the State. For many years until 1995 it was an historic park where all could visit and enjoy themselves perhaps with a barbecue.

The settlement at Risdon Cove was not a success for various reasons. Bowen, however, was not at fault. He settled at the spot on the orders of Governor Gidley Philip King who was in turn advised by George Bass who was impressed by the description given by another explorer, Captain John Hayes.

As a consequent, with further orders from Governor King, Lt-Colonel David Collins Royal Marines arrived with more settlers in February 1804 and abandoned the Risdon Cove settlement in favour of Sullivans Cove, now the site of Hobart city. Bowen returned to Sydney and subsequently to England.

The original historic site at Risdon was farmed for a hundred years and in February 1904 it was made into a public area being called Bowen Park for the next 90 odd years. A wonderful monument was unveiled by the Governor and Premier in memory of Bowen and the early settlers. The park – although not all times very successfully – was owned by the Tasmanian State Government and managed by what was then known as the National Parks & Wildlife Service.

Then in December 1995 all that changed. The Liberal Government under Premier Ray Groom gave this most significant historic site in Tasmania and certainly one of the most significant in Australia, over to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council (TALC) headed by radical aboriginal activist, Michael Mansell. It was one of 12 sites handed to the TALC with very favourable conditions. For instance the TALC does not pay any land rates to the local Clarence Council, unlike house holders and other land owners.

On the very date of hand over, the Bowen Monument was vandalised because it was a symbol of ‘”invasion”. The most shameful aspect of it all was that all Tasmanian Parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament were there at the time celebrating the hand over. All must have seen the desecration of the monument, but NOT ONE made a complaint. It was only when a nearby resident alerted me that it publicly became aware. No-one, however, was held responsible; there was no inquiry nor were there any concern expressed by our community and heritage leaders.

The once public park is now owned by the TALC and no one goes there, except members of the very well publicly funded TALC and the TAC (Tasmanian Aboriginal Council). The whole historic settlement has been neglected and is now in complete disrepair, this the most historic site in Tasmania. Fortunately we do have a record of the archaeological digs at Risdon Cove Historic site which was undertaken in 1978-1980 published in a rather large report, which is now as rare as hen’s teeth.

In 2003 at the 200th anniversary of Bowen’s landing the Tasmanian Government, under ex BLF Union man, Labor Premier Jim Bacon ignored completely that the historic event as though it never happened. . Even the sailing of a replica of one of the first vessels at Risdon Cove, “The Lady Nelson” was ordered not to sail near the area as it might ‘offend’ members of the TAC. Except for a private function, which I arranged, there was no heralding the first settlement nor any recognition of the 1803 settlement, which now is termed the site of the “European invasion” This is being rigorously and vigorously taught in Tasmanian schools including private under the anti British and racist curriculum called Gumnuts. This programme is where aboriginal activists are brought in from outside the education system lampoon our culture. All this under the eye of Liberal Education Minister, Jeremy Rockliff.

Over the years the Bowen monument has been repeatedly vandalised and this most important historic memorial is now in a dreadful state. Despite calls for its repair the Tasmanian Government and the Tasmanian Heritage Commission does nothing. After all, we must not offend the tiny minority.

The whole situation deteriorated when the then Secretary of the Department of Tourism, Parks and Heritage Mr Scott Gadd ordered his man, Mr Vin Gerasimenok to declare (and to quote from the letter held in my files) “Risdon Cove is no longer an Historic Site”. This is madness. All road signs indicating where the Bowen Memorial was located were removed.

Unfortunately the vandalism towards our historic site continues. It began twenty two years ago in Tasmania with the seemingly consent of the Tasmanian Government, be they Liberal or Labor.

The demise of the leadership of men

With the revelation that after the 2018 Tasmanian election results more women than men make up the majority of parliamentarians, poses a question. Where is the leadership of men? Or is it now just a case of the continuing demise of men’s leadership?

It is just not in politics women now dominate, but major roles in sport administration (even men’s football), entertainment, business, public service, police, transport, defence, emergency services, banking, education, etc., etc., women taking over from men. This may seem marvellous, but where do men go? Clearly they are taking secondary roles with females now graduating more than males from universities and colleges particularly in such courses as medical and legal. So are they proving to be more talented and of greater i.q.? The feminists would have us think so, but let’s look at the real reasons.

The women’s movement has a political agenda and over the past number of decades have not only had laws promoted in their favour, but have had quota systems applied, affirmative action, massive promotion in the media and the entertainment industry, preferential emphasis in educational curriculum, and massive and massive of public money spent in their favour. Whole Government departments, both state and federal have been constructed for the promotion on the ‘status of women’ where only women are allowed to apply.

The result is enviable; men are taking second best, pushed out by a political correct agenda with many conservative women taking advantage of its unfair bias, probably not being really aware of this globalist’s agenda.

Boys in schools are suffering from female teaching bias and are being treated as oppressive of the female and potential wife beaters. If boys endeavour to be ‘boys’ then immediately (usually be a female administrative staff) there is intervention. Boys do not know how to be boys…there is confusion. Men are unsure of their roles. The effect upon the family is enormous.

Men are natural to leadership roles. How often women are portrayed even in dangerous and war-like environment as leaders, leading the men on a mission or out of trouble? All this is of course is utter rubbish, but to the growing mind of the juvenile it looks as though it is reality. Even in the scouting movement and boy’s early sport, the role of coaching is now taken over in many incidences by female leadership. In advertising of course, the man is portrayed as a fool with the woman, as the superior wise one making the sensible decisions.

Men not fulfilling their roles of leadership, of protector and of family provider are producing males of a snowflake generation who are prepared to sit back and take second best resorting to drinking and sport.

What can be done about it? Well certainly we cannot expect our spineless jelly fish parliamentarians to do anything about it; after all they are a product of mass political party thinking and survive in their roles by not thinking for themselves.

It comes back to the people. Parents must respect and the honour the roles nature has deemed the male to follow and allow their male family member to not only fulfil his role but to promote and honour it. A strong father figure must influence this and direct the young mind on to the right course, but the mature male figure within the family must first of all assume his responsibility as the head of the family.

The problem is of course; while our society is being feminised most of the real world is not. The growing continent of Asia is still masculine and does look upon the West and rightly so, as decadent and rotting. We will be taken advantage of. The Muslim religion is a masculine religion thereby attracting males, while the Christian religion is looked upon as feminine with males leaving the traditional religion in droves while most of those who remain are over whelmingly female. Now many pastors, priests and even bishops are female usually espousing liberation, socialist theology.

The call of “equality” is the latest mantra. Equal before the law yes, but we are not equal as individuals…we are incredibly different to each other. There is no such thing as a level playing field. And so it is with the sexes….we are different and what is wrong with that? We complement each other. We have different roles to play.

We are in crisis mode and we are seeing society escalating with a myriad of social problems, yet we have no solution, only to promote the same insane policies. Men not welcomed here! It is all quite unnatural.

Australia Day…Why January 26th?

I would like to answer the question why January 26th?

Many people may think that January 26th was the exact day the British arrived in New South Wales for the first time. Well, actually the British arrived at Botany Bay on the 18th January, after the eleven vessels sailed from England, 13th May 1787. We can only imagine the difficulties and challenges which faced all on that eight month voyage and admire the fortitude and endurance of our early settlers.

Upon arrival at Botany Bay, Governor Arthur Phillip was disappointed in what he saw. He had been instructed to go there on the recommendation of Sir Joseph Banks of the Royal Society, when he had accompanied Captain James Cook to the area. Convinced that Botany Bay was unsuitable, after the rest of the fleet arrived, Phillip set off to explore together with David Collins, who was to play a major role in Tasmania’s history and John Hunter, later to take over from Phillip as Governor, a spot just north of Botany Bay. There he discovered Port Jackson which he described: “the finest harbour in the world in which a thousand sail of the line may ride in the most perfect security.”

Well satisfied with the choice he immediately returned to Botany Bay and transferred all to the new site. At sundown on January 26th, 1788 a simple ceremony took place at Sydney Cove. The English flag was raised, toasts were drunk and volleys were fired. The other ships came in soon afterwards and next morning the transfer began of men and tents, equipment and stores.

Thus was the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia. From this settlement of New South Wales, came firstly the colony of Van Diemen’s Land (1803) then all the others. As time progressed they became fully separated colonies from New South Wales, Tasmania in 1825, South Australia in 1836, Victoria in 1850, and Queensland in 1859. The colony of Western Australia – independent from New South Wales – was formed in 1829. From the 1880s there was a concerted effort to bring all the colonies into one new nation and on the 1st January 1901, the colonies became States of the new nation of Australia.

So why not the 1st January 1901 for Australia Day? It is not unusual for a State or nation to celebrate its birthday on the date of settlement, so January 26th is apt indeed and from those very humble and harsh beginnings came Australia!

So how long has January 26th been celebrated as our birthday?

By 1808, January 26 was being celebrated as “First Landing Day” or “Foundation Day” with drinking and merriment. Thirty years after the arrival of the First Fleet, in 1818, the Governor of Australia, Lachlan Macquarie, ordered a 30-gun salute, hosted a dinner ball at Government House and gave government employees a holiday. In the following years, employees of banks and other organizations were also given holidays. In the following decades, horse racing and regattas were popular activities on January 26.

In 1838, Foundation Day was Australia’s first public holiday. It was also the occasion of the first public celebrations of the founding of Australia. The shores of Sydney Harbour were crowded and there was a firework display. By 1888, January 26 had become known as ‘Anniversary Day’ and was celebrated in all colonies except Adelaide. In 1888, the centenary of the arrival of the First Fleet was celebrated with ceremonies, exhibitions, banquets, regattas, fireworks and the unveiling of a statue of Queen Victoria.

By 1935, January 26 was known as Australia Day in all states except New South Wales, where it was still called Anniversary Day. In 1938, large scale celebrations were held. These included a re-enactment of the landing of the First Fleet.

From 1946, January 26 was known as Australia Day in all states. However, the public holiday was moved to the Monday nearest to January 26 to create a long weekend. Since 1994, the Australia Day public holiday has been on January 26 in all states and territories.

We should be proud of the accomplishments of our people and of the nation. This why we celebrate our nation’s birthday on January 26th….

Thoughts on Council Amalgamation

Council amalgamation, like many things, sounds terrific. If we had fewer Councils within Tasmania, surely this means less cost to the already over-burdened tax-payer? We have had amalgamations before and may I say, “forced” amalgamation as many in those effected districts were against it. Regardless, the powers that are, went ahead. It was some years ago that the latest round of amalgamations went through and as one who opposed them I knew firsthand the opposition which existed, such as in the Huon Valley and on Bruny Island. Now, we are going through another round; it is the sound Fabian principle which is at work; bit by bit and by stealth.

The questions we must ask ourselves are two important ones: firstly, has amalgamation proved financially beneficial to the rate-payer? The answer is NO. We are still subject to high rates, less for our rates and an annual increase in rates. Secondly, we must ask – do the rate-payers and residents have a greater say in local government because of amalgamation? The answer, (again) is NO. The further your seat of government is from you the less input you will have; ask the residents on Bruny and those within those now non-existent municipalities in the Huon. Ask ourselves; what input do the ratepayers of Tasman have in Nubeena? Limited I would suggest. If the seat of local government is, say for instance, at Sorell, the residents will have even less and little influence.

The Socialist agenda for Tasmania (and elsewhere for Australia) emanating from the United Nations is to regionalise the State. In other words, three main areas, south, north and north west. This way State Governments will be done away with extra power being centralised in Canberra and let me say quite openly Tony Abbott is an admitted centralist; so we have a problem of both major Parties being centralists. Power, increasingly over the years, has been centralised in Canberra, whereby now the Tasmanian Government is really just an administration centre.

Truly we need another Joseph ‘Jo’ Darling; that great Tasmanian politician who stood up to Canberra during the war and won!

It is true that the existence and the role of State Governments is written into the Australian Constitution, while local government is not. The reason why local government is not in the Australian Constitution is because they existed within each colony before federation. Federation was formed because of the colonies and as municipalities were a colonial, then State responsibility, there was no need (and still no need) for it to be included.

With the State Governments being mentioned, the power mongers and social manipulators have a problem. To do away with State Governments, we must have a national referendum.

Changing the Constitution in the past has always been a problem for Governments as people have an in-built fear of Government and great suspicion of its true intention. However, there has been a massive brain-washing campaign over the years with the theme that Tasmania, being a small State, is over-governed and it costs us too much.

Let’s look at some facts. In Australia we have three tiers of government i.e. Federal, State and Local. (In the USA they are four). Our fore-fathers, knowing the corruptive spirit of man and his quest for “power” (the second-oldest profession) designed our system of government to break up that ‘power’ and put checks and balances to counter-act the greedy appetite for governments to increase its hold over the people, whom it supposedly represents. So the three tiered system of government is there to divide power and responsibilities; in other words to decentralise power. By getting rid of one tier of government you will only put more power into lesser hands – and that’s the name of the game. As far as costing us more; this is really a furphy. Whole departments can be abolished saving the tax-payer hundreds of millions of dollars annually. What costs is the unnecessary funding of many pet projects, political favourites, minders, useless departments and social curriculums promoted by political considerations rather than what is in the interest of the public. Yes, we are over-governed, but not in structure. We are over-governed with the growth of governments and the many commissions, Boards, Departments and individuals, who never answer to the public nor have they ever been approved by the public. Australia is one of the most over-governed people in the Western World in that we have become so controlled by Government. The Andrew Bolt affair of late has shown us that public expression is no longer to be tolerated by the courts and government and that we must toe the line in all things. To highlight this over-bearing attitude by governments, have you noticed over the years, how we are all now being watched and reported on? We have become a “pip” society and …”you don’t even have to give your name…” so the rhetoric goes.

Council amalgamations sound nice; but beware; it is just another quest for power; let’s not be fooled by this thrust. When governments tell us that it is good for us, think the opposite. Governments exist to entrench their power and that power is at the expense of the people.

The Queens 70th Wedding Anniversary

2017 marked the 70th platinum anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia and Prince Philip. It was on November 20th 1947, before Elizabeth ascended to the throne, they were married at London’s Westminster Abbey. It is a great achievement in anyone’s estimation.  Not only has the monarch provided political stability but also has set an example for marital stability during times of great testing, tribulation and incredible changes of social attitudes.  Speaking on the occasion of their 60th anniversary in 1997, the Prince said the secret to their marriage was “tolerance and different interests”.  The formula has obviously been successful.

The Palace has announced that there will be no public events to mark the occasion, but there is no doubt there will be many private functions to recognise the anniversary.

The Queens has served her people well, even republicans admit to this. On September 9th 2015 she became the longest serving monarch in British history, breaking Queen Victoria’s 63 year old reign. It was unlikely that she would become Queen at all.  In 1936 with the unexpected abdication of her uncle King Edward VIII had the crown pass to her father, George VI thus paving the way for Elizabeth to ascend to the throne. On February 6 1952 she and Philip were in a remote part of Kenya when the news came through of the death of her father who had been ill. Queen Elizabeth II (although technically speaking Queen Elizabeth I for Scotland) was crowned Queen, June 2 1953.  A young lady had inherited enormous responsibility, yet she did not shun the prospect.

On taking her oath at the coronation she promised to “govern the people” of her various realms, not the Government of the day nor to serve the Government, but the “people”.  Her role is an independent identity.  She finished by publicly stating, “The things which I have before promised, I will perform and keep, so help me God.”  She certainly has fulfilled her oath.  How many governments, politicians, public officials have done likewise?  She serves her people.

Her and the Prince’s relationship with Tasmania came very early in 1954. Indeed, she was the first resigning monarch to embark on a tour of the crown’s expansive Dominions. First it was to Fiji in the Pacific and other British possessions, then an extensive tour of New Zealand. Aboard the royal yacht Gothic they sailed into the Tasman Sea where the Royal Australian Navy vessel, HMAS Australia took over escort duties sailing first into Sydney Harbour and elsewhere on the mainland.

Then it was Tasmania’s turn, when on February 20th the Gothic glided into Hobart. After the vessel’s berthing, the Royal couple were taken to the Town Hall to be met by the Lord Mayor of Hobart, Sir Richard Harris, the Governor of Tasmania, Sir Ronald Cross and Premier Robert Cosgrove. It was notable the first official gathering in their Australian tour was in Hobart when 22,000 school children gave a display at North Hobart Oval.

In my possession I have a beautiful glossy red-covered souvenir of the “Opening of Parliament by The Queen 1954.”  It was presented to me by the late Dr George Howatt, an American Political Scientist who was a great admirer of Constitutional Monarchy. It is an attractive presentation A4 size which gives a detailed account of the historical occasion. The Royal couple then toured Tasmania and eventually left our shores.

Since then of course there has been substantial changes throughout the world. Worse of all was the “dark decade” in which Charles and Diana divorced (1996) followed by Diana’s death (1997) and before that the burning of Windsor Castle (1992) the year when looking back was described by the Queen as her “annus horribilis”.  Yet come 2017 the Queen is greatly revered world-wide, a lady who has fulfilled when she promised to “sincerely pledge myself to your service…throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.” (Coronation Day Speech, June 2, 1953). How many politicians have said that and if they have, fulfilled their pledge?

Over the decades since 1954 there have been a number of visits by the Royal couple to Tasmania, 1963, 70, 77, 81 and 88. The last being the year 2000, but can I add just this?  This last time one of Prince Philip’s functions was to unveil a plague to our naval history at Anzac Park, Lindisfarne at which I attended.  I noted however, those loyal subjects such as I, together with my friend, the late Michael Hodgman were held back from the event by barriers.  The Prince then arrived to do the honours accompanied by officialdom who were by reputation, republicans,  I mused about the comical situation of it all….loyalists held back, while republicans were in the official party.  There is no doubt in my mind, the Prince was very aware of this….the first thing he did when alighting from the car, was to turn and wave to us….I still l have the photograph.

The Royal Couple’s devotion to each other and their belief in the institution of marriage sets an example to all.  When in Australia near 50 per cent of marriages fail and their average span is twelve years, it is important the example they have set is recognised.  When the two Fabian Socialists, Gough Whitlam and Lionel Murphy brought in the Family Law Courts, Murphy boasted that “this will destroy the family”. Now couples can be divorced after just twelve month’s separation and neither party are required to give a reason why they wish to divorce.  Made all too easy.

Reg A. Watson is a Tasmanian historian and author and Tasmanian Convener for Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.