Time to learn from history: Word in the Streets

Photo: Janie Barrett.
Photo: Janie Barrett.

There is a saying a week is a long time in politics. Only a mere few weeks ago one Bill Shorten was strutting the political stage fully convinced he was destined for The Lodge.

The smile has turned to a frown, almost a glare, associated with that grip on power he so seeks disappearing before his very eyes. Shorten’s negativity responding to government initiatives has worn thin. Prime Minister Turnbull and his Government have found some positive momentum. Shorten is now looking like a worried man.

The Government is not his only concern. Put the theme music from the movie ‘JAWS’ in your mind – beware the circling shark. Anthony Albanese, circling, watching, waiting, and a member of a party not known for shark attack, but well versed in back stabbing. A word, “Bill … Beware!”


Can you believe the temerity of some local councils in Australia? Yarra Council (Vic) not only refuses to acknowledge Australia Day on January 26, but now the Council staff have been instructed they are not allowed to even mention Australia Day, the directive being to refer to it as ‘26th January Holiday’.

One government body in Australia determines when we celebrate Australia Day – the Federal Government.

Yarra Council, and other similar thinking local councils should look at their respective areas of responsibility, which hasn’t really changed from the perceived notion councils are responsible for rates, roads and rubbish. Councils going beyond should be sacked.


Luke Foley, the NSW Labor leader, wants to bring the aboriginal flag up to the status of our national flag. Surely another case of misplaced priority and responsibility.

One nation, one flag, one government body determining what that should be … the Federal Government.

Do these politicians pull these distractions out of a hat because they have no substance, nothing concrete in their policies to take to the electorate? Makes one wonder!


A conversation the other day got around to how we don’t really consider history before pushing on with our endeavours.

History can teach us much and head us in the right direction. Our Government of today could heed these words: “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.”

These words could be a foreword to a paper about government management and responsibility.

Learn from history. The words were said by Cicero in 55BC.


I would think we’ve all heard of Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn, June 25/26 1876.

A massed number of Lakota, Dakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse routed Custer’s 7th Cavalry, annihilating 5 of 12 companies.

General George Armstrong Custer lost his life along with hundreds of his esteemed cavalry.

Custer’s Last Stand it may have been, his last optimistic words:

“There are not enough Indians in the World to defeat the 7th Cavalry.”