The bush: "Central to the Australian psyche" - John Howard

Submitted: Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 12:56
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Just been watching part of the Kerry Packer memorial.

In a speech he was just making, John Howard was describing a conversation he was having with John Anderson, his old No#2 (an avid 4WDer). Anderson told him of how Kerry said to him that he loved the bush. Howard went on to call the bush "central to the Australian psyche".

Maybe some of the politicians who wish to close down our access to the bush should realise this. Take note you pollys..... you can try & take the 4WDer out of the bush but you can't take the bush out of the 4WDer.
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Reply By: Member - laura B (NSW) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 13:00

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 13:00
Amen - watched it too - close the trackes down - we'll just go over gutters and across round-a-bouts,drive through the local park ....... they wont stop us!! The bush is where ever you make it!!

Laura B
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 13:13

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 13:13
I will second that
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 14:16

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 14:16
That is exactly what I see every morning and afternoon around my kid's school!

Does that mean that we should count Taragos in the 4wd community?

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn D (NSW) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 21:47

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 21:47
Are you playing with the full deck ?

No wonder 4wdrivers get such bad press.

My vehicle is a tool I use to get places you cant get in a normal car .

Keep ripping up suburbia and tracks you may want to go on one day will surely be closed already.

Glenn
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Follow Up By: Rock Crawler - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 22:36

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 22:36
you sure your car is the tool ? have a beer and take a breath , ever heard of figure of speech .
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn D (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 16:24

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 16:24
Reckon I had had more beers than I needed actually : )
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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 14:18

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 14:18
"bush "central to the Australian psyche"

Now if only his party policy reflected that.
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Reply By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 16:31

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 16:31
Surely one accepts that some areas are sacrosant (and I say that as the owner of several well-used 4WDs).
Collyn Rivers
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 16:57

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 16:57
If you can, get onto reading some of David Tacey out of LaTrobe Uni.
Associate professor of English or something.

Just finished reading a couple of his books.
He talks of his experience growing up in the Alice, and aboriginal friends he made, and the little he discovered about dream time.

He expands this into the fact that most land has an effect on the occupiers/settlers, and that aboriginals have developed a life story combining with the land over thousands of years. Looking at the push over the last 50 years or so for the 'trip around the block' and the more travelling we do in discovering Oz, he reasons that we are seeking a white fella dreaming, a spirtual root and connection with the land that our traditional religions imported from Europe don't do.

Some interesting thoughts and comments on the white Australian pysche and sprituality. He reasons that connection with the bush is central to our working out our Australian-ness and a balance in our society. Besides maybe helping us to work out a relationship with the original inhabitants of our land.

Now take some of these ideas to the pollies when they talk of closing access to national parks.
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Reply By: Footloose - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:03

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:03
What John meant to say was I cant form a Govt without the National Party and they're from the bush.
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Reply By: Eddy - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 19:11

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 19:11
In John's case is this the "George Bush" or the "Mulberry bush"

I am sorry, but Kirabilly House is far closer to the Freeway and the free lunch than a dirt road.

A bit like the other bloke wearing a yellow ribbon in Caboolture.

All Hi-jackers don't wear hoods.

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Reply By: kesh - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 20:14

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 20:14
Dont get too carried away about what Kerry said to John who said to the other John that yes (an aside) we all love the bush but dont forget that even as remote as it is it we can still make us plenty of moolah without putting too much back in.
I am sure there are plenty on this forum who have visited the historic Noccundra pub, part of and owned by Noccatunga. So who owned all of that, and when did he last visit this enormous property, one of the largest in W.Qld.? Well, of course that great old bush lover himself.
He cost me substantial investment money, and I am disappointed (but not surprised) he was cremated not interred. Otherwise I would have had a nice spot to seek out and distribute some feelings of my bladder
Kerry Packer was a taker, not a giver.
kesh
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Reply By: RedGibber - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 21:56

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 21:56
Howard may say what he likes....and it's hogwash anyway!!

Control of areas where 4WDrivers want to go is very much defined/decided by State Govts. and their various agencies.
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