Happy Australia Day

Waitangi Day is almost two weeks away and already a debate has started.

This time it’s over whether or not the holiday should be Mondayised if, as it does this year, it falls on a weekend.

Meanwhile, over the ditch, the Aussies will just be having fun.


3 Responses to Happy Australia Day

  1. JC says:

    The fact is that Waitangi Day has been more a Day of Atonement than a celebration over the last 40 years. Instead of the trite “celebrating our differences” its been “accentuating” them. As a nation we are pretty ambivalent about the day, take the holiday when it happens and move ASAP.

    That may change if National and the MP can hang together, and the dreadful Harawiras be finally subdued, but thats for the future and with it whether we accord it a full Stat holiday.



  2. gravedodger says:

    It bemuses me when significant days set aside to remember and/or celebrate something become diluted to long weekend status as a personal entitlement. If New Zealand day as a celebration of our nationhood is of so little importance then just let it go. The late Norman Kirk tried to make what we now call Waitangi Day, the day we celebrate our nationhood but that submerged back into the day we mark the treaty signing that we have today.
    Personally I regard the 26th September, the old Dominion Day, that recognises the day we cut the apron strings of “the old country”, as the day we celebrate the nationhood of us all. I do not say that to in any way diminish the 6th of February or ANZAC day.
    If either of those last mentioned dates have lost their significance to a majority of us to the point we should ‘mondayise’ them then we should debate whether we continue to set the day aside or relegate them to the saints days or Burns night or the battle of Cullodden and allow each to his own. If someone wishes time to mark it then they ask for the day off in the case of the employee or just takes it for the selfemployed.


  3. Paul Tremewan says:


    Being Australian
    is about driving in a German car
    to an Irish pub
    for A Belgian beer,
    then on the way home, grabbing an Indian curry
    or A Turkish kebab,
    to sit on Swedish furniture and
    watch American shows
    on a Japanese TV.
    Oh and…..
    Only in Australia …
    can a pizza get to your house faster
    than an ambulance.

    Only in Australia …
    do supermarkets make
    sick people walk all the way
    to the back of the shop
    to get their prescriptions
    while healthy people
    can buy cigarettes at the front.

    Only in Australia …
    do people order double cheeseburgers,
    large fries and
    a DIET coke.

    Only in Australia …
    do banks leave both doors wide open
    and chain the pens to the counters.

    Only in Australia …
    do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars
    in the driveway and
    lock our junk and cheap lawn mower
    in the garage.


    3 Aussies die each year
    testing if a 9v battery works on their tongue.

    58 Aussies are injured each year
    by using sharp knives instead of screwdrivers.

    31 Aussies have died since 1996
    by watering their Christmas tree
    while the fairy lights were plugged in.

    8 Aussies had serious burns in 2000
    trying on a new jumper
    with a lit cigarette in their mouth.

    A massive 543 Aussies
    were admitted to Emergency
    in the last two years
    after opening bottles of beer with their teeth.

    and finally………

    In 2000 eight Aussies cracked their skull
    whilst throwing up into the toilet.


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