Unsettled by Invasion

Unsettled by Invasion

I found the University of New South Wales guidelines on history: https://teaching.unsw.edu.au/indigenous-terminology

This is what has got the Australian media worked up enough to produce yet another round of the good old topic of whether Australia was ‘invaded‘ or ‘settled‘. Like Easter,  this row will surely happen every year but you can’t quite be sure exactly when.

The Google search for these guidelines shows that at UNSW political correctness has gone mad. Their news feed indicates that very many things are invading, including:

  • robots
  • Indonesia (invaded East Timor, 1975)
  • tropical fish
  • woody shrubs
  • bitou bush
  • women in the workforce (a ‘gentle invasion’)
  • cane toads
  • lantana
  • brush turkeys
  • Michael Moore (actually, Moore thinks Australia’s not that great to invade compared with Europe, according to a UNSW student review of his movie, Where to Invade Next)
  • The blastocyst (invading the uterus endometrium)
  • more cane toads

The list is extensive, but the Murdoch press, using their powers of investigative journalism, have discovered the one and only thing, animal, mineral or vegetable, to have definitely never invaded Australia: the British Navy.

Am I allowed to say ‘discovered’?
If so, I’d just note that Bennelong discovered Europe, but didn’t invade it.[pdf]

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