The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Absurdities I might be following, but aren't
From what used to be called the Dominions , a couple of perversions of grievance politics.
From Canada, language fascism: via Damian Penny, the tale of the language Gauleiter (aka Commissioner of Official Languages) Dyane Adam who is complaining that the government's French language quota is not being met because francophone civil servants insist on speaking English to one another!
Why the anglophone majority still do kow-tow to this system beats me: last I heard, the prospect of French Quebeckers even attempting to secede had diminished to near zero. The fact of the national Liberal one-party state has something to do with it, I suspect.
And, via Tim Dunlop, I learn that the opposition Labor  party (ALP) is proposing to scrap ATSIC, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. Apparently, known amongst abo activists as Aborigines Talking Shit In Canberra.
Way back just after the blog started, I seem to remember looking at the land question, in particular the case of WA v Ward  - the name has stuck for being a tiny name for such an monumentally long case! It's a fascinating topic: one white man's snafu after another, carelessly giving away too much after decades of giving nothing at all, and having to take a whole lot back again.
But, I reckon - if it was too complicated for the professionals...
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