Drunken idiots defile the Australia Day party

I KNOW it's wrong, but I don't like Australia Day.

Not the day itself or what it is supposed to stand for, but what it has become.

If someone from another country arrived at Mooloolaba Beach on Australia Day, they would be forgiven for being confused.

Is it a day to celebrate our proud history or simply an excuse for young men and women to drape themselves in the national flag, drink too much beer and start fights?

They might also be confused by that most idiotic of war cries "Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!"

Let's get one thing straight - whether it's being used at the cricket, the Olympics or Australia Day, it means absolutely nothing.

The words to Waltzing Matilda mean something. So do the words to Advance Australia Fair and the Ode of Remembrance.

In fact, the words to half a dozen anthems by Queen mean more than "Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!".

It is stupid and lazy.

It says to the rest of the world "we couldn't think of anything decent to say".

When I was young, we used to celebrate Australia Day with bush poetry, billy boiling competitions and fresh damper.

If that sounds corny, you're missing the point.

Australia Day should be about national pride, not out-of-control nationalism.

Don't know the difference? Look them up.

While you're at it, try looking up the history of the Eureka Flag some of you mob seem to enjoy flying and having tattooed on yourself.

Once you can honestly say you know something about Peter Lalor and his followers, what they achieved and why they did it, then fly the flag with my blessing.

You might also do a bit of research on Ned Kelly.

Same deal. Once you honestly know a bit more about Ned than the simple fact he was a bushranger, feel free to invoke his spirit.

And if you want to stomp around crying "It's a free country, this is what the Anzacs fought for!", try to avoid punching an innocent passer-by while you're doing it.

Sorry to sound bitter but I want to be proud of Australia Day again.

And I want the rest of the world to see that pride and envy it, rather than shaking their heads at the ridiculous behaviour of drunken idiots on what should be our most special occasion.


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