In every great forward movement, it is always the faithful few, the “Agitators”, the “Extremists”, the men and women who are described as “idealists” and “Un-Practical Theorist”, who are blaze the track. This is as true in our own day as in the times that have passed.
For an example; White Australia, has been fought aggressively before and during Federation. Most hardest of all was in Queensland, where the squatter kings, the sugar lanterns and the great bankers, assisted by the press, persistently inveighed against the very same people that urged for reform, the people who cried out with silent voices. Their hearts screaming for change, an end to this great tragedy, to halt the assault on our national lives.
I do not dismiss the hatred and vitriol we all must face. The frothing and men in the streets are merely pawns to be used. Sold and bought to do the bidding of the highest bidder, their puppet master, the one who hides behind layers of bureaucracy.
But we have persisted in times of great strife, we have marched on in times of depression and we shall Advance further.
Because we are Australian.