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 “Welcome to Country” booed at opera!

12.07.19.  Is it coincidence that on the eve of the government’s brain-fart release of their secret plans to hornswoggle voters into splitting the nation into a new them-and-us social mess that a first opposing salvo has been fired against their plan, at an opera of all places? The welcome to country mob get paid for this fraud that was invented by Ernie Dingo and Richard Walley in 1976 and now annoyingly interrupts all public events. A handy earner for the Aboriginal industry and the afore tolerance is likely to face a nasty rush of intolerance.
An Aboriginal “Welcome to Country” ceremony has reportedly been booed by an audience member at the Sydney Opera House. The Morrison Government is facing its first big internal push-back over Ken Wyatt’s call for a referendum on Indigenous … An Aboriginal “Welcome to Country” ceremony was reportedly booed by an audience member at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night.

Source: News.com

Welcome to Country ‘booed’ at Sydney Opera House

“Last night, at an Opera Australia performance of Anna Bolena, someone in the audience booed the Welcome to Country,” The Australian’s arts editor Ashleigh Wilson wrote on Twitter yesterday.
“First I’ve heard of that happening at an arts event anywhere. Opera audiences are often vocal but usually they pick the moment a little better.”
Users on Twitter described it as “appalling” and disrespectful. “All the closet racists are showing their true selves these days,” Mel Giancarlo wrote. “I’m keeping careful notes.”
Ray Simon said he “always suspected the opera crowd were middle-class bogans”. Lauren Elizabeth added, “When the Oz opera performs Otello, they use brown face. So not really surprised the audience is a bunch of out-of-touch racists.”
Others shared similar experiences. “I had a guy next to me muttering about it (negatively) at a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra concert a few months ago,” Paul Noonan wrote.
Karen Shirley said she encountered it at a recent community event. “An intimate setting so the ‘objection’ was impossible not to hear,” she wrote. “It made me equal parts enraged + bereft and to my shame also speechless. How dare they?”
Author Judith Ridge added, “Someone (repeatedly) heckled the stunning Welcome to Country at the 16 Lovers Lane concert at the State Theatre last year. They got booed down by the audience.”
Stephen T., however, said “in honesty” he was “not that surprised”. “I think some kind of point has been passed where goodthinkful gestures have stopped carrying weight,” he wrote.
“For me, it was when I was part of the response to the attempted bombing in Bourke St last year — before Red Cross turned out crews, it insisted on doing an Acknowledgment of Country. In the presence of a very real and frightening tragedy a ritual like that seemed so meaningless.”
A Sydney Opera House spokeswoman said the company was “deeply saddened to hear about this incident”.
“Racism of any form is unacceptable,” she said. “The Opera House is committed to supporting and celebrating First Nations culture and to fostering a shared sense of belonging for all Australians.
“An Acknowledgement of Country is given at the majority of performances. This is an important way that we honour our First Nations Peoples and acknowledge the Gadigal people, traditional custodians of Tubowgule, the land on which the Opera House stands.”
The City of Sydney officially acknowledges the Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of the area and notes the “far reaching and devastating impacts” of the British “invasion”.
As a mark of respect, official events begin with a Welcome to Country ceremony — either in the form of a speech or a performance — delivered by an elder or other representative.
It encourages other organisations, community groups and event producers to include either a Welcome to Country or a simple Acknowledgement of Country.
On Wednesday, Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt said he would push for a referendum to recognise Aborigines in the Constitution and enshrine an “indigenous voice” to parliament, which would advise government on Aboriginal issues.
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and PM Scott Morrison have both spoken out against the suggestion since it was first proposed by the Referendum Council in 2017, arguing it would become a “third chamber of parliament”.

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  • seadogger 12/07/2019, 6:41 am

    Old bush saying…If your neighbor goes to church get up early and brand your cattle.
    NB Take note MalMo

    • Thunder 13/07/2019, 6:01 am

      I was at a Clinic recently taking a Friend for treatment.

      They had an odd looking map of Australia on one wall.

      It had Australia broken up in a dozen colours with the Aboriginals claiming every last corner of OUR land for themselves.

      They are STONE AGE cave dwellers, then and now…so Fxxx Off !!

      They have never moved out of the Stone Age and all these FAKE players need a life sentence in a Quarry breaking rocks into Dust.

      I wouldn’t even give them Cake to eat………….

  • Graham Richards 12/07/2019, 6:46 am

    I notice the propaganda crap is well & truly underway. Not sure where the Canadian description of Indigenous people started but the ABC is also referring to First Nation. The hidden message is the word “first”.
    Think of the conatation of that word in everyday life. Do the non indigenous Australians suddenly end up as being second in line to any indigenous whim or desire?
    Will the 1st nation parliament have veto powers? This is the point where my aforementioned “minority rule” will kick in. We all know that government never says NO to anything indigenous for fear of being racist. The UN would have us exactly where they want us….doing as they, the World Government mob & Globalists, say.
    This sounds more like Turnbull plot to me..

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 12/07/2019, 7:47 am

      Try getting crook outback and needing the RFDS if an abo gets crook at the same time. Guess who gets help first. During the floods the RFDS airlifted a white toddler out of Rocky but refused to take the mother and the aerodrome was closed shortly afterwards. The mother got herself to Gladstone and tried to get on Qantas Link but they knocked her back too on account of them hauling abo’s out who had deserted Cherbourg or whatever the joint is called. I diverted the police jet to Gladstone and picked her up, got her to Brisbane and arranged for a police vehicle to take her to the kids hospital. I wasn’t censured for “breaking” the rules and wouldn’t have cared less if they had censured me but that illustrates what the RFDS/Qantas/ and many organisations do. A bunch of abos fleeing a flood instead of staying to help and the RFDS and Qantas refusing to help a woman who had a very sick kid. Funny thing about it all is I never did know if the little kid lived or died and no one ever said “thanks.” Life, a strange business.

      • Tamworth 12/07/2019, 8:44 am

        Good on you, Bots.

      • Deano 12/07/2019, 10:21 am

        You did the right thing and battled an army of bureaucratic idiots to do it.

  • Aktosplatz 12/07/2019, 8:13 am

    The quote from the post is “Racism of any form is unacceptable,” and indeed it is.
    But the ‘Welcome to Country’ is exactly that, it’s entirely based on race and is no different to South Africa’s Apartheid and the creation of Bantustans.

    Aboriginals are not barred from voting, they have elected their own indigenous int Parliament, so what more do they want?

    Another ‘mini Parliament?’ Who pays for this? And we are vastly over-governed already with Federal, State, and Local Governments bleeding us dry.

    The place is grinding to a halt because of red tape caused by over-governance. We don’t want another legislature based on race.

  • Jarrah 12/07/2019, 8:27 am

    If you want to see racism, look no further than the patronising “Welcome to country”, it is just another scam and has no cultural meaning at all. People who object to it are called racist by the PC snowflakes who are so sanctimonious and holier than thou. Forget Australia being a racist country, it is being divided by those who think we should all tow their line, the quiet Australians will not tolerate too much more of this crap.

  • Penguinite 12/07/2019, 8:36 am

    First Nation? First implies a provable fact! Nation implies a group of like minded peoples. Neither of these are true or at least provable facts. The first people to populate the land we now call Australia were several disparate groups of nomadic Indians and Eurasians who stumbled to and fro between here and PNG looking for sustenance and only stayed when the Land Bridge they were using was, permanently, over come by water and the toll paid, when fighting the Melanesian’s that had assumed control, became too much. As for Smoking Ceremonies, don’t make me laugh! The only smoke came from their cooking fires and bush burning to flush-out the next meal!

  • Maryanne 12/07/2019, 8:47 am

    About bloody time.

    • TommyGun 12/07/2019, 1:41 pm

      Yes; the guy should be given a medal.
      Let’s hope it’s the first of many.
      When I get back to OZ if anyone tries that PC cr*p near me I will certainly object, loudly.

  • DT 12/07/2019, 9:14 am

    Which tribe was first?

  • Cliff 12/07/2019, 9:17 am

    I lack the courage to do what that lone audience member did at the Opera House. (I also value my shin, which would be kicked rather hard by my loving trouble and strife if I tried it on – as she does all too often at dinner parties when I come up with something too UnPC.)

    But I have great respect for him, for I really get upset on being welcomed to the country that all four of my grandparents were born in as if I’m some blow in guest by some highly paid (unwillingly, all too often, by me [or my taxes]!!!) actor who is NOT my ‘auntie’ and who often as not, has skin every bit as pale as mine is.

  • Albert 12/07/2019, 9:20 am

    The last thing this country needs is passion-fingered politicians in charge of this offensive racist suggestion of Aboriginal recognition. If this distasteful racism is to be debated at all it should be debated in public group consultation and not by politicians with their own agenda who are supported by the ignorant self-appointed elite from the Sydney Opera House and the latte dens of Sydney and Melbourne.
    The claims of being the ‘First Nation’ is the greatest lie of all and it is supported by the blatant racism of the ‘Welcome To Country’ nonsense. Small groups of any unconnected people scattered across the vastness of a country the size of Australia do not a nation make.
    There is more than enough evidence to say that Aborigines were not the first to inhabit this land but that evidence is being pushed aside in the hope that the average Australian doesn’t learn too much about it. However, the fact remains that Aborigines are from an immigrant background as are all Australians and there can be no argument about that.
    For those interested, and we should all be interested, look up Rex Gilroy’s extensive research on the earliest occupation of Australia by groups other than Aborigines.

  • Lorraine 12/07/2019, 9:28 am

    it is the aborigine scam as invented by the comedian Ernie Dingo, there will be more that start to let others know, what they think of this farce. Ken Wyatt has let the cat out of the bag and us the people, us the one Australia . is just about up to our noses with PC crap. It will divide, and we have sat silent in our seats , with the Welcome crap, I think many more will voice displeasure and this Industry will be shut down. And so it should.

  • wal1957 12/07/2019, 10:02 am

    I thank the gentleman who booed!!! Well done sir!!!

    Like all who have commented so far, I am sick of hearing about the bloody aboriginal industry. Billions of dollars have been literally p!$$ed up the wall on this group of perpetual ‘poor me’ cry babies. Stuff ’em!!

    As for the referendum??? WTF!!! We do not need any more bloody government interference at any level, especially this apartheid BS!!!

  • Deano 12/07/2019, 10:29 am

    How wonderful to be welcomed to the country you were born in and to be asked to accept it in a building funded and built by the very people being ‘welcomed’.
    In the same spirit, I’m giving all of you my permission to continue living in the homes you’ve paid for.

  • Bwana Neusi 12/07/2019, 10:37 am

    There is significant evidence that the current mob of aborigines were not the first group to cross the land bridge to Oz and they certainly never made any “Nations” before they wiped out the first mob.

    So that would make it a “Second Tribes Smoking Pantomime” or similar.

  • geoffrey mcmaster 12/07/2019, 2:13 pm

    when there were provable suggestions that the maori’s of n.z. weren’t the first occupiers there was a huge backlash from the culturally offended and calls for a massive push to ridicule these claims apparently they worked as per Australia!

  • JRT 12/07/2019, 2:35 pm

    As several people have commented here, the current Aborigine people are not the first to inhabit Australia- they were INVADERS from India and Ceylon who massacred the original immigrants from PNG. As pointed out they were NEVER a nation but warring nomadic tribes. These people over the years have developed the myth that the were here first. Even going to the extent of trying to have “One of the most accurate and controversial books ever written on Australian History” – Cape York The Savage Frontier- banned by Parliament. It is little known, very expensive, available in libraries but cannot be borrowed.
    https://www.capeyorkbooks.com/cape-york-the-savage-frontier/

    • DT 12/07/2019, 3:26 pm

      I have a copy and recommend it.

    • Deano 12/07/2019, 3:46 pm

      Excellent info JRT. Thanks.

    • Cliff 12/07/2019, 5:26 pm

      I have read it. The Palmer River Goldfields and what went on there make the American Wild West look like a pleasant walk in a well manicured English glade.

      If you ever go up there to do the tourist trail, (far more interesting than you might imagine), one thing to note is the photographs of the women, working on the diggings alongside their men. dressed, in the incredible tropic heat, in the full length, heavy serge dresses of the day. Those were tough ladies – and the REAL ‘First Nation’.

  • JRT 12/07/2019, 2:49 pm

    In response to Albert, this from Rex Gilroy……………….
    Our politicians appear to be under the thumb of minority political groups and fearful of losing votes at elections unless they do the bidding of these largely left-wing activists. Ever since the government gave Aboriginal activists the right to re-claim their ‘sacred’ fossil skeletal remains from government museums and universities for the purpose of re-burial, the nation has been deprived of priceless fossil material vital to the study of human evolution in Australia.

  • Thunder 13/07/2019, 9:02 am

    The FIRST people in Australia were the Indonesians…….

    I would rather give it back to them than the bunch of No Hopers trying it on.

  • Geoff Unicomb 13/07/2019, 10:24 am

    Welcome to Country (W2C) was introduced by Ernie Dingo, as a joke. Try getting a group of part-Abos to do W2C, or the fictitious ‘smoking ceremony’, for under $500. The crap has become a scam industry. Actually, my guess at $500 was very low.
    Check this out – and these are on special:
    http://www.tribalexperiences.com/store/c2/shannonruska.com

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