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Retailers recall controversial 'Australia Est. 1788' shirt

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The_Observer    293

Australia would have avoided all this trouble if it had simply become a part of New Zealand  :D

 

No thanks!

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The_Observer    293

I consider myself a reasonably sensible person, I don't celebrate Australia day by covering myself in temporary tats of the Australian flag or of the southern cross, I don't tape the Australian flag to my car or don the warpaints for my face in the colours of the flag, I guess you could say my patriotism or nationalism is pretty well subdued.  That being said I quite like the idea and look of the shirt and am pretty disappointed - but not surprised - that something so ridiculous has caused such a stir.

 

Its amazing that people will comment and get so wound over a shirt or something that can be connected via six degrees of separation to racism yet those same people don't say a damn word or lift a finger when more important debates about the future of our nation and society occur. 

 

 As a kiwi thank lived in AUS, Aus day was amazing to see. So mych patriostism, nothing like NZ Day were we get the day off, do nothing and watch the new to see who did what and where. I loved aus day, only cause it was a fun day to do stuff.

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blerk    316

 As a kiwi thank lived in AUS, Aus day was amazing to see. So mych patriostism, nothing like NZ Day were we get the day off, do nothing and watch the new to see who did what and where. I loved aus day, only cause it was a fun day to do stuff.

 

We have a New Zealand day? Closest we have is Waitangi day but that's not exactly the same thing is it? It's not exactly a national day of happiness and celebration... We don't do patriotism well here in NZ at all.

 

And if you thought Australian patriotism was impressive, go live in the States for a year. If Australian patriotism is 10 on the 1-10 scale, the Americans go straight to 100, and it's not just on the 4th of July - it's the little things like the flag on every train, boat, truck, etc. that really stand out. 

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The_Observer    293

We have a New Zealand day? Closest we have is Waitangi day but that's not exactly the same thing is it? It's not exactly a national day of happiness and celebration... We don't do patriotism well here in NZ at all.

 

And if you thought Australian patriotism was impressive, go live in the States for a year. If Australian patriotism is 10 on the 1-10 scale, the Americans go straight to 100, and it's not just on the 4th of July - it's the little things like the flag on every train, boat, truck, etc. that really stand out. 

 

LOL yea NZ day and Waitangi day are the same day but you use the word Waitangi Day to a AUS and they will be like um what???

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-T-    617

Utter nonsense as always with regards to these things. Australia was founded in 1788 therefore this Tshirt, while not exactly a stylistic wonder, is correct and not racist.

 

I enjoy Australia day as an immigrant and it's generally a harmless and fun day

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Arachno 1D    7,991

The name may have been founded on that date but the country and its ethnic people have been there for many more years and I guess they see it as a celebration of not so much founders as carpet baggers so it would depend on your viewpoint as to if an offense were likely.

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TrueMonolith    169

Its wrong anyway.

While the state of New South Wales was founded on 26/01/1788, Australia was made on 01/01/1901.

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+FloatingFatMan    13,181

Maybe it should just say "HM Prison Australia, Est 1788" ;)

 

Or how about "Invaded 1788". :rofl:

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TrueMonolith    169

Maybe it should just say "HM Prison Australia, Est 1788" ;)

 

Or how about "Invaded 1788". :rofl:

New South Wales or Sydney Est 1788 would be fine.

It was invaded in 1776 when Cook first landed here.

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Nefarious Trigger    6,804

Strewth!

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-T-    617

Eff me, do people go out of their way to be offended these days or something

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+Anarkii    2,069

Eff me, do people go out of their way to be offended these days or something

Who exactly is the tshirt offending though?

 

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+FloatingFatMan    13,181

^ Nobody with any sense.

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ozgeek    157

Eff me, do people go out of their way to be offended these days or something

 

People are becoming too racist. Perhaps getting it from the USA who have an obession with patriotism. And people wanted to follow the examples of USA.

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compl3x    6,252

People are becoming too racist. 

 

 

Too racist? Is there some level of racism which is acceptable?

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