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Australia Day to Look Out for your Mate

Tomorrow, Friday January 26 2007, is Australia Day. We Aussies celebrate the day as a public holiday, have barbeques, go to the beach, watch or participate in sporting events or gather with family and mates and eat meat pies, lamingtons and pavlova. Australia is so much more than Meat Pies, great beaches and Kangaroos though. Australia is all about protecting our environment: including the environment of people.

On January 26, 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and became its first Governor. This day flagged the foundation day of the new colony, the new world, Australia.

Australia is a harsh land. The cruel sun and elements have made Aussies tough, survivors, resourceful and tenacious. Our isolation led to ingenuity and leadership. Although quick to cut down those Aussies that we consider, “tall poppies” we also pride ourselves on the concept of being a "true blue" mate.

Mateship is integral to the Aussie way of life. We look out for our mates and give them a hand when required. Is this the reason then that Australians have adopted, adapted and take seriously protective behaviours? We want to protect our mates.

Although the original protective behaviour program dealt specifically with child sexual abuse, Australia is responsible for widening the program to ensure that we look out for all community members needing protection from any element of harm. The Aussie way of life co-exists in many risk-taking situations: the beach with its sharks, crocodiles or surf, the outback with its snakes and spiders, the gum treed bush with its propensity to flood, drought and bush fire, and the cities with its pull of escaping to the wild colonial landscape. Add to this crime, fear of crime and the lessons we have learnt from other densely populated countries and my view is that Australia has got it right with their all encompassing protective behaviour programs and their views of looking out for our mates.

Happy Australia Day mate. How about tomorrow you help us celebrate by enacting our mate ship values. Look out for the people in your neighbourhood, apartment block or family. Engage in some protective behaviours and help keep the world’s children safe. Lend a child a hand, a smile, ring the authorities about that public playground equipment that needs fixing, report child abuse if you suspect it is happening.

Imaginif is about to launch the world’s biggest on-line child protection conversation and we hope that you will join us. The more mates we have, the quicker the world will understand that child protection IS serious business.

Some other blogs about Australia Day if you’re interested:

G’day Mate. Australia Day, true blue!
A nation of bonzer cringers?
Australia Day 2007
Google vs Microsoft on Australia Day
Australia Week. G’day LA and NY
Best vacation destinations
The story of a great Australian woman.

4 Response to "Australia Day to Look Out for your Mate"

Rodney Olsen said...

Thanks for the link. :)

Megan Bayliss said...

You are welcome Rodney. Thank you for the time you put into radio and your blogging. Have a great Australia Day. Stay safe and eat many snags off the barbie (translation for you non Aussies: eat many sausages off the barbeque).

ERIK said...

Hi Megan,

Nice that you have tomorrow an Australia Day. I understand Australia is much more than kangaroos.
But kangoroos are such beautiful animals and they don't know problems like child abusement and surely no sexual violence.
My favorite animal of Australia is the Koala, they seem so cute. I saw some here in the Zoo but they sleep very often.
Why can't people act like such animals and protect their children. No child abusement that is the thing we want all.
What concerns the story of a great Australian woman I think you deserve your place there too. Great because you want to do on this problems for child abusement.


Megan Bayliss said...

Hi Erik
I always love to get your comments. Thank you.

Yes, Koalas sleep and pee a lot. They sleep so much because it takes their bodies a lot of work to digest and process the gum leaves that they eat. As cute and cuddly as they appear they can also be quite vicious. Their claws are very sharp!

We love Kangaroos and Wallabies and see them in the wild often. It saddens me to see them dead on the roads though. They become confused by car headlights and often jump straight into the path of cars and trucks. When my children were little, they would get very upset and want to help the poor creatures. I coped with it by telling the kids that the Kangaroos were sleeping on the warm roads and that when the kids grow up and can drive they must be very careful so that they don't hit a kangaroo.

I so want no child abuse too. Thank you for your ongoing concern and commitment to the cause.

And as for me being a great woman - I wish! I just do what I can. After almost 16 years working with sexual assault I am eager to ensure that as many people as possible can each do their own little bit to raise awareness and prevent child abuse. Your comments do this Erik. The more people that stand up and say NO MORE CHILD ABUSE, the quicker our children will also find a voice and know that there are many people in the world that want to help and protect them.

It is hard for a child to speak up when someone is abusing them but if they know that the adult is doing the wrong thing, that not all adults do that, then we may have more chance of intervening before the abuse has a chance to escalate.

Keep up your good work Erik - perhaps you can make a career out of it.

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