Change Australia Can Believe In?

Barack Obama, who bows to nobody in his understanding of this world, has some rather important news for Australia: you are henceforth part of Asia

Now to find Australia some Hope.
(h/t to Daughter, who noticed this over my shoulder while I was on Obama’s site)
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10 Responses to “Change Australia Can Believe In?”

  1. Dave J says:

    Kevin Rudd’s Labour government is already tanking in the polls. Aussies have a talent for seeing through bullshit.

  2. The_Real_JeffS says:

    Oh, this is certainly CHANGE!
    Perhaps HOPE comes later.

  3. So is Tim Blair singing “I think I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really THINK so!” now?

  4. spot_the_dog says:

    I think it was one of Paul Keatings’ dreams to see Australia accepted as part of Asia, a true “Asian nation.” Chuck off the old ties to those nasty Imperialist British and Warmonger Yanks and bind ourselves to the bosom of Asia. Because, we have so much more in common with, and so much more to gain from, the communists, totalitarians, military juntas and miscellaneous thugocrats of China, Burma, Indonesia et. al.
    Kevin wants to form an EU-style Asian Union, too – at least that was one of his thought-bubble, announced-on-the-run policies.
    “With friends like that…”

  5. gutful says:

    i think you’ll find this is a matter of definition. you could say australia is part of oceania, but that’s like saying ‘australia, new zealand and some smaller islands.’ ‘asia-pacific’ is a more meaningful grouping in diplomatic and trade terms. australia certainly puts its hand up to be included in this definition and has done so for decades.

  6. Between Keating and Rudd, there was this guy:

    JOHN HOWARD: And a combination of Mandarin and Cantonese is now the most, if you can combine them, is now the most widely spoken foreign language in Australia.

    And that’s a little fact, a little vignette that’s probably known to a lot of you, but when you tell that to an Asian leader or even more so, to a European leader, they’re perfectly astonished.

    And it’s just an illustration of the way in which we are naturally and comfortably and permanently part of this region and see our future in it.

    In terms of economic and military strategy, Australia is part of Asia.

  7. WAF says:

    So between Kevni p!ssing off the Yanks in favour of China, and Obambi being a pacifist wuss anyway, if a WWII-type situation were to happen again here in the near future, we’d just have to hope that Burma, North Korea or China would come to our rescue…
    We’re all f__ked.

  8. Kate P says:

    Isn’t Australia already one of the “57 states”?

  9. nightfly says:

    He’s going to work to ensure that China plays by international rules? By hoping they’ll change, no doubt…
    This guy isn’t fit to be elected dogcatcher. He should stay in the Senate where reality won’t bother him too much.

  10. mojo says:

    Dude: “…he’s got issues, man!”
    Walter: “You mean besides the pacifism?”

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