We're on a good thing, let's keep it that way

THERE is nothing quite as fabulous as being an Australian and calling this most wonderful of countries home.

I'm not a worldly or terribly well-travelled type but I've done enough to know a good thing when I see it. And I see it right here.

With so much of the world caught up in a hateful, miserable quandary - one which has left many questioning the validity of their own way of life - it's nice to take stock once in a while and truly appreciate what it is that we enjoy and take for granted.

We drink clean water, breathe clean air. We enjoy freedoms of speech, faith, association and expression. We are - for the most part - safe.

Our stunning home is a land of tremendous contrast - its geography and topography an almost symbolic reflection of the culture and community housed therein.

To take any of this for granted - having fought so hard to preserve it, worked so hard to build it and dared to dream so hard as to imagine an amazing future - seems unjust and a snub of its worth.

But, in fact, the opposite is true. To live in a place where we can take all of this for granted is undoubtedly the greatest compliment we can offer our forebears.

It's what they fought hard to achieve. And now, we need to fight the good fight to maintain and protect it.

Australia is in demand. It's the kind of place everyone would want to call home.

Those of us lucky enough to do so should cherish the privilege; only take for granted that to which we are entitled, and fight with all our Aussie might (without the need to raise arms or cultivate hate) to guard and protect the Australia we have and that which we want for our future.

Happy Straya Day!

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