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Monday, April 25th, 2011

Subject:That's (not) the ANZAC spirit
Time:Mon 25 Apr 2011 13:42
That's (not) the ANZAC spirit
By Rod Swift

Just when did it become acceptable to use one of our most sacred days – ANZAC Day – as a cheap political football?

I’m sure that people would be rightly quick to heap scorn on any person who would use a day of solace, remembrance and reflection to further a political agenda.

Heaven forbid, a soldier would be the last person you’d think would taint such a solemn day.

Which is why Jim Wallace should be hanging his head in shame.

Former Brigadier Wallace is a graduate of Duntroon, has served in the Royal Regiment and has commanded our elite Special Air Services Regiment.

Undoubtably, the former Brigadier Wallace’s service to our nation has been exemplary.

Which is why I am agog at his post-military posturings.

Earlier today, that same former army man and now head of Australia’s right-wing fundamentalist lobby used Twitter to send to his followers the following insensitive comment:

@JimWallaceACL — Jim Wallace — Just remember that as we remember Servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they fought for – wasn’t gay marriage and Islamic!

Was it a deft tactical manoeuvre by the former Brigadier to deliberately fan the flames of racism and homophobic abuse on ANZAC Day?

Can his tactic be seen as a “two-step forward, one-step retreat” rear-guard action? After all, he’s apologised for picking today to express his most offensive of views:

@JimWallaceACL — Jim Wallace — Ok you are right my apologies this was the wrong context to raise these issues. ANZACs mean to much to me to demean this day, not intended

Disappointingly, the former Brigadier couldn’t find it in his heart to apologise for the actual slur against gays and Muslim people.

Maybe he was softening us up so such offensive notions are acceptable on any other non-sacred day in our calendar? It certainly hasn’t been the first time that the former brigadier has deliberately attacked people of a minority sexuality.

And what of our out, proud, GLBTI service personnel, who have been serving our nation with distinction and honour openly since 1992, and no doubt secretly for decades?

In October last year, Mr Wallace urged our Federal MPs to find a higher standard of morality, and to “set the highest standard of courage and integrity and to commit to protect and demonstrate it, as is so essential in the highest leadership calling in the nation.”

I agree. Political discourse in this country should be reasoned, thinking and debated. It should not be dragged to the lowest common denominator, without fanning the flames of racism, hatred and ignorance.

Mr Wallace should show leadership and apologise not only for picking ANZAC Day to offend the memories of our fallen soldiers, but also for maligning whole sections of our community with offensive hyperbole.

He should also admit that those comments are offensive in a civil, secular society like ours on any day of the year, not just ANZAC Day.

Anything else would be un-Christian and immoral, and would make a mockery of the cause he is trying to further.


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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Time:Wed 14 Jul 2010 01:03

  • 23:03 is at the airport again, heading for Melbourne with cats... #

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Monday, July 12th, 2010

Time:Mon 12 Jul 2010 01:01
  • 02:05 @loosejewels no. Just an unintended consequence. :) #
  • 02:55 @grum still smelling soooo gaaay then :) #
  • 03:20 I'm at Tullamarine Tarmac. 4sq.com/bNmD0b #
  • 04:29 is thanking the nice Mr Ryan at Virgin Lounge Melbourne. He's always a bright smile on a morning departure. #
  • 05:33 I'm at Virgin Blue Lounge (Melbourne Airport, Melbourne). 4sq.com/818f8P #
  • 10:11 ... has arrived, albeit delayed... twitpic.com/248f0n #
  • 10:21 @Nic_Hayes mmm #
  • 10:27 @Nic_Hayes Perth. For 2 days #
  • 11:21 suggests that WA people should give more consideration to sacking the AFL's worst coach eagles... twitpic.com/24935i #
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Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Time:Sun 11 Jul 2010 01:01
  • 17:22 highlights another benefit of being in Melbourne... twitpic.com/240ebn #
  • 17:25 ... and Fremantle hit the lead...! (@ Etihad Stadium w/ 13 others) 4sq.com/75oWeE #
  • 17:31 @SueYeap good for you girl.. retail therapy is nice! #
  • 17:32 @jasonjordan I am at Etihad... a real stadium! #
  • 17:33 @woofycub wish we were there! #
  • 17:36 @jasonjordan watch our Dockers win! twitpic.com/240i39 #
  • 17:51 @jasonjordan like breeding trash in the suburbs that can't understand what living within their means is? #
  • 18:08 @sebsharp ... and I thought you loved the c*ck #
  • 18:09 @jasonjordan more services for the McMansion class? #
  • 18:11 @SueYeap has ABC Perth not moved logical channel numbers yet? In Melbourne it is on channel 24, and 20 has been retired. #
  • 18:13 @jasonjordan but you smell deeeelicious! #
  • 18:14 @SueYeap rescan... :) it is only an LCN change. #
  • 18:15 @SueYeap and if you use icetv.com.au it will be all good for the change to 24 #
  • 18:18 @grum deeeelicious #
  • 18:26 @SueYeap I love icetv for recording on my Topfield, my Media Centre and the other half's Macintrash #
  • 19:55 @loosejewels yes. Poor west coast now locked in to wooden spoon position. #
  • 20:10 @grum so gay!!!!! #
  • 20:26 @grum YES. yes I am... #
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Time:Sat 10 Jul 2010 01:02
  • 18:54 @woofycub hahahahahah #
  • 18:56 @loosejewels they rocked on Colbert report #
  • 19:28 #wakemeupwhen September ends... #
  • 19:37 @loosejewels can you still telegram or Morse code in media releases? #
  • 19:56 @SueYeap at IKEA! ;) #
  • 19:57 @Nic_Hayes we should get a MediaTUB going... #
  • 20:08 @SueYeap Richmond has alcohol... I needed it after spending thousands the other day thete #
  • 21:25 @shrydar it always is! #
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Friday, July 9th, 2010

Time:Fri 09 Jul 2010 01:01
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Time:Wed 07 Jul 2010 01:02
  • 02:24 is waking up in Adelaide... #
  • 06:37 @adamrichard an iPad from Nigeria no doubt #
  • 06:38 @adamrichard meanwhile, we are rocketing toward Melbourne from Adelaide right now. Be in town after 2pm #
  • 06:38 @ian unlike the Dukes Hwy this morning. Still in Melbourne? #
  • 06:39 @sammyjay86 in town a day early at 2pm approximately... #
  • 06:39 @roybear indeed. #
  • 06:41 listens to Nova 91.9 Adelaide's signal get slowly weaker as we head past 150km mark... 571km to Melbourne. #
  • 07:16 is gonna listen to @dhughesy talk about Ben 'Coma' Cousins on Adelaide's Nova 91.9 #
  • 07:21 @adamrichard Matt chose the station. But we can listen on 101.9 The Fox tomorrow! #
  • 07:23 @Daniel_Hatch they will be ditching that line in the anthem... about "boundless plains to share" #thefairgoisdead #
  • 07:25 @pamannairbitch US Airways arriving at pontoon 42 on the Hudson... no, it is not a Catalina! #
  • 07:42 @sebsharp I have a floore that you can mope for me... #
  • 08:17 is at the SA/VIC border... #
  • 10:06 @sebsharp thanks! #
  • 11:08 @sammyjay86 that is about right #
  • 11:09 @sammyjay86 settlement was due today at noon and has gone ahead #
  • 12:05 is now 100km from West Footscray... #
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Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Time:Tue 06 Jul 2010 01:02
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Monday, July 5th, 2010

Time:Mon 05 Jul 2010 01:03
  • 11:37 is leaving for Norseman. Next internet at Ceduna late tomorrow. #
  • 11:47 shares a pic from the road... twitpic.com/2296ry #
  • 12:50 is just arriving in Norseman. Apparently Optus has coverage here! YAY! #
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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Time:Thu 01 Jul 2010 01:11
  • 18:17 @sammyjay86 thx for doing that. More luck Friday I think #
  • 20:57 @jasonjordan when you use STD and dial it direct, you only pay for the time you use! #beepatheowl #
  • 21:00 @jasonjordan sooooo gay! #
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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Time:Wed 30 Jun 2010 01:08
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Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Time:Tue 29 Jun 2010 01:07
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Monday, June 28th, 2010

Time:Mon 28 Jun 2010 01:03
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Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Time:Sat 26 Jun 2010 01:06
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Friday, June 25th, 2010

Time:Fri 25 Jun 2010 01:11
  • 07:31 Congratulations PM Julia Gillard. #
  • 07:33 @KarenMMiddleton it is PM Julia unopposed from my sources #
  • 07:33 @Daniel_Hatch it's Princess Joooolia! #
  • 07:36 leader and deputy was vacated... Julia Gillard is PM and Wayne Swan Deputy... both elected unopposed. #
  • 07:43 @Daniel_Hatch it is Princess Jooooolia and Queen Quentin #
  • 07:45 @OzAz email her giving advice about the shuffle if cabinet #
  • 08:46 @OzAz lundy needs the job #
  • 15:49 Julia Gillard has Tardis! Sky reporting she will be our 27th chick PM too! twitpic.com/1zgosu #
  • 23:27 @woofycub in a fortnight would be better for us... #
  • 23:27 @jasonjordan hot pool boy huh? #
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Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Time:Thu 24 Jun 2010 03:01
  • 06:39 @Devar mine took 7 hours! #
  • 06:42 @Nic_Hayes maybe we should do that together... #
  • 06:43 @Nic_Hayes BTW, nice page 18 story today with @Alison_Braun #
  • 06:53 @loosejewels sacrilege! But I suppose radio is different to The West only having chicks on back page if it is a bod-fest in Lycra. #
  • 08:39 @Devar not shitting you... 7 hours. It is why I am an android user now #
  • 08:41 @thewest_com_au it is more than meets the eye! #
  • 08:49 @G_Parker Shia le bouef in it?;) #
  • 08:51 @fletch65 more Crapple product fun. Android better #
  • 09:27 @G_Parker WA Govt to invest millions on R&D for Main Roads to make flexible tarmac. Will allow rolling of streets up after six much easier. #
  • 09:29 @G_Parker Kmart is open 24/7 in Geelong! And at about a dozen other Victorian locations. And has been that way for a decade #
  • 09:30 @G_Parker I know because I shopped at one at 4am back when I lived in Melbourne in 2000. #
  • 09:31 @brycewg I agree... like at Colds in Wagga Wagga... in 1999! #
  • 09:32 @brycewg were...that was Coles #
  • 09:32 @Nic_Hayes yes it was #
  • 12:53 @jasonjordan I just got my roster today. I am working 3pm to 11pm that night, so I'm a no go on the ball :( #
  • 12:57 @jasonjordan yes I am so annoyed #
  • 17:27 @G_Parker I love my desire! #
  • 18:08 @walkleys congrats to Latika #
  • 18:32 I just ousted @texanmeg as the mayor of The George on @foursquare! 4sq.com/aHnQ9t #
  • 18:33 @latikambourke congrats on award, Latika #
  • 18:53 @3AWNeilMitchell indeed. Latika is onto it. #
  • 19:31 @Nic_Hayes like Rudd, your little lady can clean up the mess... :) #spillcleanuponaisle3 #
  • 20:53 @Nic_Hayes first PM? She got a time machine? #
  • 21:00 @Nic_Hayes I was worried Barton's reanimated corpse was going to be rolled by Joooolia! #
  • 21:08 @Nic_Hayes Hello.... McFLY!!!!! #
  • 21:11 @Nic_Hayes Illawarra Mercury front page is: Our First Lady #
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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Time:Wed 23 Jun 2010 01:04
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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Time:Tue 22 Jun 2010 01:03
  • 08:05 @adamrichard if you have made calls, the carrier can tell your imei. At least telstra does from my history with them #
  • 13:00 @latikambourke indeed, Latin. The cornflower represents that. My dad died of MND, BTW. Horrible disease. #
  • 13:01 I'm at The George (216 St Georges Tce, Perth). 4sq.com/aHnQ9t #
  • 13:54 has just had a delicious lunch with @Nic_Hayes at the George. #
  • 14:12 @shigawire woo woo! #
  • 15:38 @cbirlam great news on wearitwithpride.com.au Cannes Lion bid. #CannesLions #
  • 15:44 @cbirlam campaign brief reporting Wear It With Pride is one of four Australian campaigns to make Cannes shortest #
  • 17:40 @Nic_Hayes it was promoted in last night's Ten News too. #
  • 19:28 @Nic_Hayes thanks. You too. Have to get the PCGuru along next tine #
  • 21:28 @Telstra tweet me too please. We want group, and a version without Telstra bloatware! #
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Monday, June 21st, 2010

Time:Mon 21 Jun 2010 01:01
  • 11:27 @Daniel_Hatch Melbourne l is the best and that's why i'm moving there #
  • 11:29 @Daniel_Hatch that's so freaking gay. I love it! #
  • 19:01 @jasonjordan I thought you were a Muslin! #
  • 20:12 @adamrichard erk! Has the taxi driver found it? #
  • 20:17 @adamrichard the only solution may be to imei block it if it does not turn up after a day or two #
  • 20:43 @adamrichard that is BS... which carrier you with? #
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Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Time:Sun 20 Jun 2010 01:00
  • 08:27 @sammyjay86 get over it! Seriously. #
  • 08:28 is lying in bed listening to the radio. #
  • 09:10 is listening to alejandro by lady gaga #
  • 09:10 @sammyjay86 and now i can use the voice dictation to reply #
  • 09:18 @Nic_Hayes she and i have had a similar journey #
  • 09:29 @Nic_Hayes yes. i'm on night shift this week, lunch is good... #
  • 09:45 @sammyjay86 yes it is very cool i no longer have to type. #
  • 15:00 @grum maybe it attracts people who are squares! #
  • 15:32 @grum lesbians are like that. :-) #
  • 15:40 @sammyjay86 indeed! #
  • 20:07 I just became the mayor of Smiggle Cannington on @foursquare! 4sq.com/b67oG8 #
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