If you’re anything like me, you think we’ve got it pretty bloody good, here in Australia. We aren’t perfect but we are a work in progress. In my lifetime so far, I’ve seen our society become more accepting, more open-minded and more inclusive than ever before. I hope to see those attitudes reflected in law before too long. But that’s not what this is about. This is about just some of the small but noisy groups that oppose that progress.

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The Ibis.

The native ibis, with it’s handsome black and white ensemble and long beak, is the picture of grace when in flight. The fly in formation, just like in a movie. Gorgeous things. Are you shaking your head yet? Perhaps picturing the much-maligned “bin chicken” rooting through the rubbish bins in a city lane way? Maybe remembering the time a “tip turkey” nicked off with your sandwich? Here’s the thing, though. The ibis seems to be the latest thing we love to hate, judging by all the memes and songs, but actually, they’re kind of amazing. They’re so much more than the “picnic-wrecking fuck” that this song describes them as.

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