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Australia Becoming Unliveable–BBC

May 23, 2022

By Paul Homewood



This may come as news to the Aussies!




Perhaps somebody should have told their 19th ancestors!

  1. May 23, 2022 12:02 pm

    This Oz poem is exactly 100 years old and shows there is nothing new under the Oz sun. Sorry for its length, but it is entertaining! Wonder if the BBC have ever read it?

    Said Hanrahan [poem by John O’Brien]

    Said Hanrahan
    “We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,
    In accents most forlorn,
    Outside the church, ere Mass began,
    One frosty Sunday morn.

    The congregation stood about,
    Coat-collars to the ears,
    And talked of stock, and crops, and drought,
    As it had done for years.

    “It’s looking crook,” said Daniel Croke;
    “Bedad, it’s cruke, me lad,
    For never since the banks went broke
    Has seasons been so bad.”

    “It’s dry, all right,” said young O’Neil,
    With which astute remark
    He squatted down upon his heel
    And chewed a piece of bark.

    And so around the chorus ran
    “It’s keepin’ dry, no doubt.”
    “We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,
    “Before the year is out.”

    “The crops are done; ye’ll have your work
    To save one bag of grain;
    From here way out to Back-o’-Bourke
    They’re singin’ out for rain.

    “They’re singin’ out for rain,” he said,
    “And all the tanks are dry.”
    The congregation scratched its head,
    And gazed around the sky.

    “There won’t be grass, in any case,
    Enough to feed an ass;
    There’s not a blade on Casey’s place
    As I came down to Mass.”

    “If rain don’t come this month,” said Dan,
    And cleared his throat to speak —
    “We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,
    “If rain don’t come this week.”

    A heavy silence seemed to steal
    On all at this remark;
    And each man squatted on his heel,
    And chewed a piece of bark.

    “We want an inch of rain, we do,”
    O’Neil observed at last;
    But Croke “maintained” we wanted two
    To put the danger past.

    “If we don’t get three inches, man,
    Or four to break this drought,
    We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,
    “Before the year is out.”

    In God’s good time down came the rain;
    And all the afternoon
    On iron roof and window-pane
    It drummed a homely tune.

    And through the night it pattered still,
    And lightsome, gladsome elves
    On dripping spout and window-sill
    Kept talking to themselves.

    It pelted, pelted all day long,
    A-singing at its work,
    Till every heart took up the song
    Way out to Back-o’-Bourke.

    And every creek a banker ran,
    And dams filled overtop;
    “We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,
    “If this rain doesn’t stop.”

    And stop it did, in God’s good time;
    And spring came in to fold
    A mantle o’er the hills sublime
    Of green and pink and gold.

    And days went by on dancing feet,
    With harvest-hopes immense,
    And laughing eyes beheld the wheat
    Nid-nodding o’er the fence.

    And, oh, the smiles on every face,
    As happy lad and lass
    Through grass knee-deep on Casey’s place
    Went riding down to Mass.

    While round the church in clothes genteel
    Discoursed the men of mark,
    And each man squatted on his heel,
    And chewed his piece of bark.

    “There’ll be bush-fires for sure, me man,
    There will, without a doubt;
    We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,
    “Before the year is out.”

    • Mack permalink
      May 23, 2022 1:25 pm

      Or how about a bit of Dorothea Mackellar from 1908, “I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of drought and flooding plains”. Yep, Oz was a veritable nirvana of non extreme weather before man started playing with co2. In a minute Captain Cook and Abel Tasman will be along to chat about their experiences of beautifully habitable weather on the continent from centuries ago.

      • Mack permalink
        May 23, 2022 1:27 pm

        Should read ‘flooding rains’ not ‘plains’ but you get my drift!

  2. May 23, 2022 12:10 pm

    Recent spells of heavy rainfall in the East should have finally ended the myth of persistent “new-normal” drought, though no doubt it will re-emerge like a vampire when the next drought arrives.

    Possibly the only part of Australia that has dried relative to 100 years ago is SW Western Australia, but not much has changed there in recent decades:

  3. May 23, 2022 12:36 pm

    I love the “become MORE unliveable”. In the 45 years I have lived here, the population has risen from 14,000,000 to 26,000,000, largely on migration, and we had to use the military to stop countless thousands of indigent economic migrant desperately wanting illegal entry to this unliveable county. And with a net average per capita wealth of around US$500,000, it ranks in the top three in the world, whereas the poor British, funding the BBC, do not make the top ten. If this be unliveable, let me have more of it.

    • Gamecock permalink
      May 23, 2022 1:30 pm

      I took it as projection: Khalil and Turnbull find it unlivable.

      Article is tagged “Australia election 2022.”

      So, BBC is covering Australia election with people who hate Australia.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      May 23, 2022 3:19 pm

      By Mean Net Financial Assets per Capita, the UK is 13th, just above Australia. The Wealth statistic includes things like mineral assets which are rather dependent on price. Were the Uk to include fracking gas, the number would be substantially different.

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      May 24, 2022 7:40 am

      The rise of fascism and authoritarian police is a problem, though.

      • Dave Ward permalink
        May 24, 2022 11:39 am

        No only that, but the way the majority of the population appears willing to go along with this fascism and authoritarianism is making Australia (and her near neighbour) “Unliveable” – as far as I’m concerned. I’m glad I paid both countries a visit decades ago, but there is no way I will ever set foot in either of them again…

  4. Coeur de Lion permalink
    May 23, 2022 12:39 pm

    I smell an insurance scam riding on the back of non-existing climate change.

  5. Mark permalink
    May 23, 2022 12:45 pm

    So Australia is becoming unliveable, the death toll from extreme weather is rising around the world and the forecast is that worse is to come, we need immediate and drastic action to prevent all out global catastrophe, but the BBC’s ‘climate disinformation specialist’ says being a ‘doomer’ is wrong…

    • May 23, 2022 1:40 pm

      Well given that they just declared themselves a nation of masochists…… they should not complain when they meet a real sadist…and there is a big one near by right next to the China Sea. I bet Xi is rubbing his hands and shaking his head at the same time in total disbelief.

      • mikewaite permalink
        May 23, 2022 5:42 pm

        Re: Albanese ; to quote from trhe BBC story:

        “However, he has so far refused calls to phase out coal use or to block the opening of new coal mines.”

        Clearly he is more intelligent than our bunch of ministers.

      • Ray Sanders permalink
        May 23, 2022 7:34 pm

        A Masochist teamed up with a Sadist for mutual pleasure. The Masochist pleaded “Hit me” and the Sadist said…….”No”

  6. EPC1948 Rh permalink
    May 23, 2022 1:02 pm

    Typical BBC….. Next news.. Sahara desert getting drier😎….
    … Note that if you make comments on trustpilot about the BBC you risk getting your account closed.

  7. May 23, 2022 1:07 pm

    Another totaaly disgraceful article from the BBC

  8. May 23, 2022 1:21 pm

    There is no cure for the BBC, with all its fake news and bias. It needs to be sold off or defunded as soon as possible.

    • May 23, 2022 1:36 pm

      Sadly I concur Phillip. In my younger years I used to feel immense pride when people I met travelling the world mentioned the BBC. Now I attach a health warning if ever the BBC is mentioned. So sad but is this not the way of the left. They only know how to destroy. They infect, then infest and ultimately destroy any institution.

  9. Harry Passfield permalink
    May 23, 2022 1:22 pm

    O/T…but ref my comment on the BBC Corresponence about HSBC’s Stuart Kirk speaking out against CC measures by the bank: today the DT says he’s been suspended. Surprise, not.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      May 23, 2022 1:44 pm

      Sorry…my original comment was on Go Organic and Starve.

    • Ray Sanders permalink
      May 23, 2022 7:38 pm

      Hi Harry, I picked up on your comment yesterday and then had to smile this morning when I read he had been suspended. Sadly you were all too prescient.

  10. May 23, 2022 1:32 pm

    I think even Blind Freddy can see why en mass the left want to erase history. Makes their job of lying so much easier.

    The BBC cleverly make sure you cannot upload anything to illustrate your complaint. Heavens above if they allowed that!
    Finally am I alone in objecting the the amount of detailed personal information that the BBC has now decided that it needs for you even to be allowed to complain?
    I see the plan. Firstly most people when seeing that gross invasion of privacy will simply give up. Secondly I do not think it is beyond them classifying a dissenting voice and a hater or an “ist” of some kind and Thirdly, I do not put it past them to send your full details to hapless plod who now sits on his/her/its spotty behind hunting for interweb “misspeak”. Finally part II, am I also alone in experiencing, regardless whether I tick the yes I want a reply box, the ever so important BBC never bother to reply?

  11. matelot65 permalink
    May 23, 2022 1:33 pm

    Is it me, or do those wet / dry periods look about 20 year cyclical? The old adage, “what goes round comes round” springs to mind!

  12. May 23, 2022 2:02 pm

    Well, Australia is a land of droughts and floods – nothing new there.

    What may be changing is that newer houses have been built on the flood plains and so more of them get flooded when the floods eventually arrive. Similarly, houses are built in the bush without adequate fire breaks – so more go up in flames when the inevitable fires arrive on the back of the droughts. Made worse by a lack of bush management which allows fuel to build up.

    Those folks who think that that “climate change” is solely responsible for these woes are going to be sadly disappointed.

  13. Gerry, England permalink
    May 23, 2022 2:16 pm

    Subject change – there is a post on that the French nuclear power stations are suffering from problems and half of them are off-line requiring France to IMPORT power. So that will no doubt cause problems for those who import from France such as the UK.

    • May 23, 2022 3:04 pm

      So… begins the collapse?

    • Duker permalink
      May 24, 2022 6:16 am

      ‘EDF stresses there are no safety issues and most are offline for routine checks,’
      So no crisis

    • May 24, 2022 7:35 am


      we have been supplying electricity to France for some weeks now It always has ben a two way link.

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      May 24, 2022 2:38 pm

      We’ve been exporting power to France, for about 4 weeks now.

  14. Phoenix44 permalink
    May 23, 2022 3:22 pm

    The truth is now a foreign country for th BBC. All that matters is its narrative. Sadly this is simply the modern world now, where the younger generation or two have no idea that their “facts” are nothing of the sort. What the Left want to believe is now truth, whether it’s about racism, the climate or inflation.

  15. Penda100 permalink
    May 23, 2022 3:23 pm

    OT but a nice report in today’s DT about an electric bus “exploding in a ball of flame”. And they want us all to have a BEV! Insane.

  16. May 23, 2022 3:32 pm

    Never mind, the new government will fix everything with a miracle climate policy 🙄

    • Curious George permalink
      May 23, 2022 4:39 pm

      Isn’t it the function of Government to make Australia unlivable?

      • May 23, 2022 10:22 pm

        If so, reliable electricity should be high on their hit list.

  17. europeanonion permalink
    May 23, 2022 4:45 pm

    Had those that supported the new leader not moved to Australia in the first place then that pristine country would not be so paranoid about what they suggest is happening to it. There is a simple remedy, if their consciences weight so heavy, leave. In this way all that grief created over the fate of the the indigenous peoples would be calmed into the bargain. They could go back to their simple life; the grim reality of living in the wild, which some have now turned into a romantic tale of simple life and picking our meals directly from nature. When our country people left the land to work in the sociologists created nightmare city environment, there was never a popular move assembled with the intention of going back to their origins. Climate has become a narrative tied-up in sentimental notions and it just doesn’t wash. When the Daily Telegraph waxes lyrical about those far away destinations without a soul in sight they are just making snobby asides about how much people like them dislike the great unwashed, distance is no object if you have the dough. Look what nature could be like golden sands and pellucid waters by the 5 star hotel suggesting a notice, no riff-raff in St. Bart’s.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      May 23, 2022 11:05 pm

      Might explain why there are adverts in The Guardian for holidays in the tropical Seychelles. A long way away even by private jet and a lot more new airports built recently.
      Fortunately no-one mentioned that they were going to be underwater by 2018.

  18. John Hultquist permalink
    May 23, 2022 6:10 pm

    “By Shaimaa Khalil and Tiffanie Turnbull in Brisbane”

    Tiffanie is listed as “Journalist at BBC World News – Sydney, NSW
    “I have covered everything from courts and general news, to sport and fact-checking.”

    I did not see her age but she looks to be about 20. She seems to know schist about how the Earth works. Someone tell her to go back to covering “sport.”

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      May 24, 2022 8:59 am

      Tiffanie Turnbull and her colleague may wish to ‘fact check ‘ this passage : ” In the past three years ,record -breaking bushfire and flood events have killed more than 500 people and billions of animals . Drought , cyclones and freak tides have gripped communities ” …..

      The record Australian bushfire season in terms of landmass burned is 1974 -75 [117 million ha. ] – not the 2019 -20 Black Summer fires ..

      1974 is also the record wettest year in the 120 year BoM nationwide rainfall total database and the widespread flooding in that year surpassed the magnitude of the 2022 floods with the exception of a few towns such as Lismore ..So too the La Nina floods of 2010 -11 , 1893 and the mid 1950’s …Note the doublespeak in this ABC News report headline : ” NSW Floods Unmatched in Scale and Rainfall But History Shows There Have Been Worse ” , ABC News , 26 Mar. 2021 ….Worse in the past [ which is true ] yet ‘unmatched ‘this year ?

      The Australian BoM Cyclone series shows cyclones have diminished over the last 50 years from peaks in the 1970’s and 1980’s . Drought conditions were worse in the decades prior to 1960 than the 60 years to 2020 . Look at the aridity values in the BoM national rainfall chart

  19. May 23, 2022 11:31 pm

    The whole of autumn here has been dank, wet and miserable with few dry days. Denley Moor has come to eastern Australia…

    Very strong la Nina weather patterns, but the climatistas never predicted global warming causing lots of la Ninas. It always was ‘permanent el Ninos’, and our dams never filling again.

    This season is similar to 1974, which was also a double la Nina with extensive floods on the eastern coastal plain. Of course 1974 was also the pinnacle of the new Ice Age scare.

  20. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 24, 2022 9:39 am

    BBC has been claiming dust in Iraq is climate change, getting worse, experts say etc. Eg
    Reality? Hard to conclude much except that this year is nothing unusual.

  21. Cheshire Red permalink
    May 24, 2022 1:15 pm

    Australia’s population in 1900 was around 5 million.
    By 2012 it had grown to about 22 million.

    Currently approximately 26 million.

    Slam-dunk false assertions by the lying BBC.

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