Australia continues to dither, as “Groundhog Day” down-under grinds on.

Gerry Dubbin
19 min readMay 26, 2020
I’m awake, I believe it sometimes — but I’m never sure if it’s yet safe enough to emerge from my safe, used to be cozy hidey-hole in the South Seas.

When will we Australians wake up?

I don’t know about you, but as I lapsed into another month of enforced isolation as a deadly virus swept across the globe, having to remain closeted in my home on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, provided both time and inspiration for reflection.

As 2020 progresses, it is becoming clear that even after the current virus imposed malaise is contained, my island continent home will not return fully to what it was before. A sobering thought, no? Well, that really got me thinking, particularly as Australia since entering a new century, has become increasingly divided, leadership too often inept and confusing. Our leaders dither, seemingly bereft of ideas as to how to go about the task of plotting a safe passage through increasingly stormy seas.

In all honesty, can anyone really claim with any confidence, that Australia has progressed much during the last decade? We’ve had over ten years of the same government, a disparate, group. A coalition of forces constantly bickering and fighting itself, while pushing forward short-sighted, often inept and indecisive foreign policy.

Let’s also not forget successive governments’ continuing refusals to deal fairly and honourably with the ancient rights, aspirations and reasonable requests from our ‘first nation’ brothers and sisters.

It has been 243 years since Britain first imposed itself on this land. Today, while always wishing to be recognised as a middle-sized power of global relevance, we Australians continue uncertain as to what we have become and where to plant our British dominated flag in an increasingly dangerous world.

Our society has become deeply divided, split between the few having amassed much more than enough in terms of wealth and power — and many, most being denied any real power, while continually being pressed down to ever lower standards of living.

Australia not so very long ago was a reasonably homogeneous society. The majority of its people could rightly lay claim, generally, to being at peace with their lot in life. Wherever they traveled, Australians were envied for their spacious ‘girt-by-sea’ country. Its citizens were among the freest of…



Gerry Dubbin

I write mainly on subjects and issues relating to the ongoing governance, international posture and foreign policy implications facing my country — Australia.