Who is boasting? Why can't I relay this information like so many other people do here?
Because Chrisrad, you are not simply stating that Australia has given $1billion - you are making this into a point of national pride. I don't think national pride comes into it - as I have said before, we must give aid but with a minimum of fuss - AND
we must ensure we give for the right reasons (ego not being a correct reason).
QANTASFOREVER, Chrisrad has every right to be proud that his country is doing such a thing.
ClassicLover, an intrinsic sense of pride is inevitable, but it should be nothing more than that. To gain any sense of joy out of the fact that Australia is providing relief for a disaster which has taken close to 150,000 lives is inapropriate - we must simply do our duty without getting bogged down in ridiculous patriotic tirades.
You're not the arbiter of what someone should and shouldn't say.
I am not even trying to censor him. He can say whatever he likes - just as I can say whatever I like in reply to his comments. Works both ways my friend.
Your opinion on the matter has been noted more than once though.
Obviously it has not as my point seems to be completely lost on certain people. All of a sudden I'm an anti-patriot or some other nonsense.
Qantas077 and DeskPilot summed things up very well.
This is not a time for flagwaving, rather a time to help those who are suffering.
Fighting for the glory of the Australian Republic.