Sunday, 20 January 2008

This is so Queensland

Last December this blog featured an open letter to the Queensland police commissioner. At the same time I pointed him to that post via personal correspondence.

In the open letter I asked whether my approach regarding the dispute with Griffith University had been wrong, too genteel perhaps. Some people in this state had gone as far as burning down police stations and high-ranking members of the judiciary were put at their disposal for their efforts. In my own case however no-one contacted about the issue wanted to have anything to do with it. The general excuse was that universities are autonomous and handle such matters internally.

There was a response. About two weeks later I received a letter from the Acting Deputy Commissioner. 'I make no attempt to look for the "open letter" on the internet', he wrote, and added I should discuss any concerns with the officer in charge of my local police station.

How ludicrous. Imagine walking into a police station with your thesis in hand and launching into a complaint about its evaluation.

Let's be kind; I assume had this man been familiar with the "open letter" he would have replied differently. Since he wasn't, what he said was laughable.

These things are not uncommon here. Over the years we've had problems with the public health system, child welfare, transport, even airport security. It turned out these problems were systemic, the result of a general culture that fears openness and being confronted with its mistakes. Those few individuals who dared to stand up were intimidated into silence and sometimes even lost their jobs. We are not talking about some document ending up in a wrong tray; there was the loss of life, severe shortcomings in quality of service, and many millions of dollars being wasted. Some were actually quite funny: train carriages were ordered that proved too large for the tunnels.

Essentially there are two ways in which a demographic can be analysed. The more obvious one is to focus on an area and examine what is going on. The other, less targeted but no less productive, is to observe the manner in which matters are handled, regardless of what they may be or where they occur. From town planning to the placement of street signs, from access to information to the spelling of words, from the intensity of religious leanings to the civilised tone of debates.

It is no coincidence that my few examples along those lines about Queensland evoked such antagonism by the examiners of my honours thesis.

Naturally, in such a culture the institutions are not immune, and that includes universities. The University of Queensland for instance saw fit to confer an honorary doctorate upon Joh Bjelke-Petersen, a late premier and Christian fundamentalist under whose reign this state become the laughing stock of Australia. And Griffith University spent a considerable amount of money to establish its Interfaith Centre. In deference to religion, not to critically examine the role of phantasies in a troubled world.

Compare that to the recent protest at a university in Rome because the present pope, when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger, supported the actions by his church against Galileo Galilei. As a consequence his planned appearance there was cancelled.

Could this happen here? I doubt it. Only a few years ago some girls at a Christian school were writhing on the floor in religious ecstasy. How is that for the local zeitgeist.

But rest assured, my fellow citizens, the teachers could tell it wasn't the devil.

1 comment:

Seven Star Hand said...

Hey MW,

How sweet is it that the university in Rome is causing this uproar. It warms my heart to see truth and justice stand upon their own two feet in the face of the Dragon Queen (Vatican/Papacy).

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