Wikinews are reporting that the New South Wales government are introducing the national anthem in to school classrooms as well as "Australian values" lessons in primary schools.
They also seem to be enacting a regime much like Mr Blair wishes to with his "respect agenda". The Aussies are at least being explicit: they want respect for authority, goddamnit! And the best way to do that is to spend a couple of minutes every day playing the national anthem at students!
These 'values' that the politicians seem to desire to promote are always essentially meaningless. At the Fabian Society this month, Chancellor Gordon Brown labelled British values as being liberty, fairness and responsibility. But, of course, he's never going to say the opposite. 'British values' would never be illiberalism, unfairness and irresponsibility.
But, of course, it's far easier to preach to us about 'values' while the biggest immoralist is the government themselves. It's not the individual citizens or the damn schoolkids who start wars, prevent people from defending themselves, nanny them excessively, get them on to dreaded social 'programmes', shoot them in the head seven times and demand porn from search engines.
Maybe if they were without sin, they could start lobbing rocks. But they are far from that. Taking morality tips from government is like sex advice from a priest.