Australian authors shafted in favour of foreign Refujesus

Caption: Boozy has been grifting off Australian taxpayers for years. Now he’s shafting Australian authors.

Australian writers don?t have an easy time of it. Like many Australian creative industries, writers have always had to swim up the river of an isolated, tiny economy of scale. Add to that an industry undergoing dramatic transformation ? shrinking hardcopy sales and the decimation of industries like journalism, which have been the traditional ?day jobs? ? and Australian authors need all the help they can get.

But the leftist cultural elite in Australia would rather throw money at politically-favoured foreigners. Quote:

The winner of this year’s $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature couldn’t be at the awards presentation on Thursday evening. He was unavoidably detained elsewhere – on Manus Island, where he has been incarcerated for more than five years.

Kurdish refugee Behrouz Boochani’s? poetic memoir, No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (translated by Omid Tofighian), not only won Australia’s richest writing prize, but also the $25,000 non-fiction prize in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, which were presented by the creative industries minister, Martin Foley. End of quote.

Leaving aside the lies ? he isn?t ?incarcerated? ? the fact remains that Boozey is even less entitled to that money than he is to enter Australia.

But such footling trifles as rules are no barrier to leftist virtue-signalling. Quote:

Boochani’s book, which has already been deemed ineligible for the NSW Premier’s Awards and the Walkley Foundation’s book awards because its author is neither an Australian citizen nor a permanent resident, was given special exemption from similar guidelines by the Victorian prize administrators, the Wheeler Centre.

Its director, Michael Williams, said the winner of the Victorian Prize had been decided by the chairs of all the judging panels. “That’s a group of people who arguably have a horse in the race in a different direction. But they were unanimous.” End of quote.

Of course they were unanimous: despite the protestations, it?s a safe bet that nearly every one of the judges is a leftist elite singing from the same hymn sheet of bien pensant watermelon orthodoxy. A quick glance through the Wheeler Centre?s website is a depressing tour through enough conventional left-elite dogmas to give the ABC a masterclass in groupthink: Trump, climate change, ?big pharma?, gender activism, climate change, and rich, white people whining about ?the one percent? and ?white fragility?. Quote:

Gig Ryan, one of those judges, said while Boochani was not an Australian citizen, “he, and his statelessness, are Australia’s responsibility”. His work was “certainly the most unusual book in its style, in its peculiar mix of almost coolly sociological study and impressionistic poetry”.

Williams denied that the Boochani decision had politicised the awards. “Non-fiction books often delve into political and social issues. Our writers are going to be critics of our society and they are going to be throwing down challenges and they’re going to be putting forward prescriptions for better way of doing things. It doesn’t mean the award has been politicised, it means that through books we can make the most powerful, most lasting statements on the big issues of the day.” End of quote.


Again, this is so much baloney. Boozey?s ?statelessness? is entirely his own doing. He chose to pay criminal people smugglers, to try and illegally enter Australia. He chooses to remain on Manus instead of sodding off somewhere else. Now, after skiving millions from Australian taxpayers in funding and payouts, he and his lefty camp-followers are giving the finger to Australian authors by trousering money meant for Australians, not for country-shopping foreigners.