Winx stripped of her victories – Turf Talk: 30 October 2017
IN a form of ethnic cleansing in Australia, humans that have connections to foreign powers are being purged one by one. Highly placed government ministers have been disqualified from running for office and high class animals may be disqualified just from running.
The High Court of Australia has ruled that Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and four other politicians were wrongly elected because they held dual citizenship, in some cases claiming that they were unaware of their citizenship of another country by earlier association and not having renounced it. Association of this kind with a ―foreign power‖ is deemed to be a risk to putting Australia first.
The decision means that three of the politicians, including Mr Joyce, are all disqualified from office. The others quit in July.
Australia’s constitution prohibits dual citizens from being elected. How far will all this go? Is this not strange in a country of immigrants? Especially be-cause one politician has dual citizenship by descent not by birth, racehorse owners are reeling in shock at the implications of any extension of the policy.
One threatened party is Winx, a racehorse who has swept all local opposition before her. A heroine of Australian racing, Winx may lose all her accreditation because she is born of immigrant parents at least one of whom only spent limited periods in the country. Her mother was New Zealand born and her father was an Irish-American who visited Australia to earn money for sexual services.
Although Winx herself was born in Australia, she is automatically connected to New Zealand and Ireland thus bringing into question whether she has been doing her best for Australia or may have been secretly celebrating her New Zealand-ness or Irish-ness.
It would not only be Winx’s records that are at risk but also those of various horses that she beat who were born in UK and Ireland and were sold to Australia from those countries when good competitors but not up to the very highest European standards.
Thus may many Australian born sons and daughters of Australian-bred fathers and mothers be promoted
to their rightful place having been beaten only by runners with connections to foreign powers.
Winx’s loss of status would be a bitter blow to Australian racing fans. She has even been compared to the mighty miler Goldikova who also raced until the relatively advanced age of 6, although perhaps not to the current European 3 year old stars Enable and Cracksman.
It is understood that the purge could extend to humans in Australian Civil Service branches, many of whom are amongst the 26% of the population not born in Australia. And who knows what else is within this can of worms?
Kathy Freeman’s records are understood to be safe. – tt.