by John G (This article was originally published by Vanguard on January 26, 2021.)
“It’s all about acknowledging how far we’ve come. You know, when those 12 ships turned up in Sydney, all those years ago, it wasn’t a particularly flash day for the people on those vessels either”.
(Scott Morrison referring to Australia Day, Gladstone Qld, The New Daily, 21 Jan 2021)
It ”wasn’t a great day for my fifth great-grandfather, William Roberts” Morrison revealed to The Guardian while also revealing in the Second Fleet, on the Neptune, was Kezia Brown, a gardeners’ labourer convicted of stealing clothing who would become Mr Morrison’s fifth-great-grandmother.
(Scott Morrison, National flag-raising and citizenship ceremony, Canberra, per The Guardian 26 January 2019)
But nothing is mentioned of Morrison’s ancestors later lives and their interactions with traditional inhabitants of the land where they settled. He revels in fragmentary facts and in doing so hides or hides from the whole truth. He also strives to shut down ideas at odds with his celebratory vibe, in his own turn to cancel culture.