Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula.
Quite a few places in Australia’s south bear pretty French names, largely due to the fact that Britain and France were in a race in the 18th century to chart or lay claim to bits of the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit. Shortly after Captain Arthur Phillip made land in Botany Bay in 1788 Jean-François de Galaup, Comte de La Pérouse, also came ashore to bid the commoner (later-) first British governor of New South Wales a most courteous and gallant, “Bonjour, mon capitaine!”. Later in the same year the noble count and his ships vanished off the coasts of the Santa Cruz Islands, a group now in the Solomon Islands. (Any interested in the Anglo-Gallic rivalry in the South Seas can read more on page 4 here.) And Botany Bay is now where Sydney’s crumby airport is.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart, the Most Reverend Julian Porteous, has been slapped with a notice that the official anti-discrimination peeps in Tasmania have accepted a complaint from a “transgender” election candidate of the Greens party (with an Irish name) that the archbishop’s distributing of a statement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference on marriage among Catholic schools and parishes infringed the state’s anti-discrimination provisions and that action will ensue. Grrrrumphhhh!
Michael Cook, boss editor of the mercatornet website in Australia, picks up the tale and notes, or suggests anyway, that it may be virtually impossible in Tasmania for anyone to publicly oppose “gay marriage” there. The amended anti-discrimination provisions in Tasmania, let through by a coalition of Labour and Greens, may have seen to that.
This may be interesting as the whole of Australia may soon be facing a plebiscite on the “gay marriage” nonsense. However, it would appear that in Tasmania (population 515,000), anyway, it will be illegal for anyone to speak against it.
Let us hope that the Tasmanian provisions cannot catch any on CP&S for expressing their sincere views.
The offensive document from the Australian Bishops’ Conference can be viewed in all its horror here.
Michael Cook’s article is here.
Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hobart