In today's globalised economy, State Interest is all about money. ... our Anthem remixed during one of the Sydney NYE celebrations recently. None of these things should be happening, but we must do what others do or we get left behind.
So what if the Waratah train is Made in China? It's not where the things are made, but the motives behind it in getting more bang for their buck. Patriotism is long gone dead and replaced with greed ...
If an Australian wants to buy a plastic Australian flag in Australia, it's not the government's decision from whom they buy it. They don't ban the import of national flags so you choose from which retailer you buy it and a wholesaler chooses from what manufacturer they buy. You have that freedom in Australia. If patriotism is important to you, you personally have to take responsibility.
Was it an Australian who produced the remix on Advance Australia Fair to which you refer? Did it have Australian session musicians?
No, the New South Wales PPP train / A set / Waratah is not a patriotic symbol, even if it is named after the New South Wales floral emblem.
I'm not trying to challenge you, but do you know where I can buy actually buy 100% locally made Australian flags, towels etc? Of course I have the freedom to buy them, but are there even any for sale? The only 'Made in Australia flag' was produced in the mid 80s.
Regardless of whether or not the remixer was Australian is not the point, they obviously had reasons for doing it, that was to facilitate in the fireworks, celebration and hence generate profit for the organisers.
I found the video of the remix here:
Why can't the Waratah train be a patriotic symbol? Aren't we allowed to pride ourselves in our production of rolling stock for our rail system?
I know these things sound trivial, but I honesty see this Globalisation thing as just a money making thing. Either all countries give up their sovereignty for common good on things such as Global Warming (which desperately needs to be addressed seriously) Poverty (Our current system exploits hungry stomachs to sustain ourselves), or regain their sense of true patriotic pride to reinforce notions of self identity and all those warm and nice things. I see either approach as good rather than using sovereignty and nationhood as a mask of disguise for pure greed and money.
You may argue that I am being an extremist, but I am simply stating facts.