Traditional Australians hark from European heritage. The first First World settlers to Australia were largely Irish either convicted, persecuted, cleared out, famined and transported at the hands of the governing English aristocracy. Historic records confirm that incumbent Aborigines since the days of the ‘great southern land’ predating First World settlement, lost the Frontier Wars (1788-1934) against the settlers.
Most traditional Australians hold European heritage. Many generations that hark from the first two centuries of our nation’s founding, came from Ireland, Scotland, England and Scotts-Irish Northern Ireland. Other Europeans followed.
Ned Kelly had Irish heritage and that’s why the English colonial government persecuted him and his family to gaol and to his hanging death. Peter Lalor who led the Eureka Stockade uprising in 1854 had Irish heritage.
These days, Leftist cultural abandonment of teaching Australian history means than many young Australians are lost without Australian traditional culture and instead indoctrinated to presume we are some how part of Asia.
Many young Australians are not taught of our European roots, nor especially of our Irish roots.
Our Celtic cousins are well part of Australian culture – four Labor prime ministers have shared Irish heritage including Kevin Rudd, Paul Keating, John Curtin and Ben Chifley.
Former governor-general Sir William Deane also made the list, along with two New South Wales premiers and two Victorian premiers. Arthur Calwell was Irish.
Irish Australians are also a creative bunch, excelling in the arts, with actors Errol Flynn, Nicole Kidman, artist Sidney Nolan, author Tom Keneally and musicians Damien Leith, Doc Neeson and Kev Carmody.
Irish Australian sports stars were also honoured, including surfer Mick Fanning, sprinter Patrick Johnson and Olympic swimmer Sarah Frances “Fanny” Durack. And there’s no escaping the Irish influence on Australia’s footy fields, with Socceroo Lucas Neill, former Sydney Swan Tadhg Kennelly and AFL great Jim Stynes.
Australia is indebted to its Irish heritage. Irish these days should not require a visa to visit Australia.
But across Australia, underfunded order and justice has not only let down Australians. Thugs and gangs roam wild in our urban streets, attacking innocents and on this St Patricks Day March 17 we remember visiting Irish who have succumbed to failings in our government’s failure to keep the peace, failure to maintain civil order and justice, failure to control deadly violence on our streets.
Since February 23, Sydney police detectives are investigating two suspected street bashings of visiting Irishmen Darren Hedderman and Dylan Souster in inner Sydney’s Waterloo.
On Saturday August 22, 2015, visiting Irish national, Jason Cierans (29), was the victim of a one-punch attack outside the Tea Gardens Hotel in Sydney’s Bondi Junction by a foreigner Adrian Gabriel Martinez (30) of Argentina. Jason was placed in an induced coma
Back in March 2010, young Irishman Paddy Fox was fighting for his life in Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital after being bashed at 8pm during a night out in Sydney’s coastal suburb of Randwick on a Sunday.
Irishman Gearoid Walsh (23) died in hospital four days after being knocked to the ground after being punched outside a Coogee takeaway-food shop.
What to do?
Emergency services want lockout laws to be rolled out across the state
Listen to the paramedics. Amid growing calls for the state government to scrap its controversial lockout laws, a coalition of emergency services workers have banded together to demand the laws not only remain but be expanded.
The Last Drinks coalition, represented by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation, the Health Services Union NSW and Police Association of NSW, described its opponents as “a vocal minority” driven by “greed”.
“Please do not succumb to the pressure of a vocal minority,” the say to Liberal Partys’ arrogant dictator Mike Baird.
“The arguments against the alcohol laws aren’t driven by fact or even broad community support; they’re driven by greed and a poor understanding of the evidence.
“Community safety needs to be the No. 1 priority of the NSW government and for that reason we cannot see a reversal of these very effective laws. In fact, we believe they should be applied statewide so that other communities can benefit from the reductions in violence.”
Sydney’s infamously violent Kings Cross police chief, Michael Fitzgerald, was gagged by Mike Baird from speaking about the laws, but he told a union newsletter that violence had halved in the area since the lockouts came into effect.
“The reduction in violence had resulted in police being able to be more proactive in preventing crime, leading to an overall benefit,” he said.
“Kings Cross is completely changed from a location where people came at all hours to drink to excess which resulted in violence and anti-social behaviour.
“There has been a 50 per cent drop in violence in the Kings Cross area, including alcohol-related assaults and 70 per cent reduction in steal from persons As a result of the reduction in general violence there are fewer assaults on police.”
Paramedic Greg Bruce said being attacked while trying to treat a drunken patient was not uncommon.
“I have had colleagues who have had to have a break from work because of assault situations that have left them feeling unsafe at work.”
Prince of Wales emergency department clinical nurse consultant Wayne Varndell said nurses were tired of coming to work “in a boxing ring”.