Thursday 11th July 2013 brought a new sense of history to Australia. Facing certain defeat in the First Test of the Ashes, debutant spin bowler, and number 11 batsman, Ashton Agar strode to the wicket with Australia at 117 for 9. Still trailing by 98 runs all that Australia could hope for, was for Agar to hold up his end, while Phil Hughes tried to decrease the deficit by whatever means he could.
For cricketing enthusiasts what followed was amazing. It appeared that Phil Hughes was the debutant holding up his end and Ashton Agar was the accomplished batsman. Record after record tumbled in the historic fightback. First to go was the world record of 68 for a number 11 debutant batsman, then the highest ever partnership for a last wicket stand and finally the highest score by a number 11 batsman ever. Ashton was caught in the outfield 2 runs short of his hundred and left the field to a standing ovation from the whole crowd of spectators.
Phil Hughes finished his knock on 81 not out, and certainly did his part in the fight-back. Hughes had been on 21 when Agar came to the crease so contributed 60 runs to the partnership. (Hardly a slouch, when you are facing certain defeat, but overshadowed by the 98 runs from the debutant.)
So the first question is “Who is Ashton Agar?”
Ashton is a 6 foot 4”, 19 year old, specialist spinner who was looking forward to spending the English summer as an Australian Institute of Sports scholar. This changed for him dramatically when he received a call up to play in the first Ashes Test for Australia. He has a Sri Lankan background. Agar is the grandson of Nala Hewawissa, who played cricket for Dharmarajah College, Kandy. Sheilagh Hewawissa, Agar’s grandmother, worked for the Ceylon Tea Board. Agar’s father, John, has played club cricket in Melbourne.
This brings us to the second question. “What does cricket have to do with Federal Politics?”
Rise Up Australia Party is a debutant political party with a Sri Lankan connection. Daniel Nalliah has come to Australia from Sri Lanka, and like most Sri Lankans he is a lover of cricket. He has started a political party to begin the fight-back to save our country. The attempt by Islamists to take over Australia and introduce Sharia Law is just not cricket.
RUAP might be the debutant party in this election, but like Agar we will fight to save our country from certain defeat. We will not look at the odds against us, but will rather take the fight to the opposition. Daniel Nalliah was taken to court by the Islamic Council of Victoria in 2002 on vilification charges. From 2002 to 2007, he was in the centre of a court case for Freedom of Religion and Speech in Melbourne, Australia. After a 5 year battle he won a landmark Australian legal battle for freedom of speech and the right to criticise parts of the Koran which promote hate and religious intolerance.
This is what Australians do when their backs are to the wall. The ANZAC spirit comes out and they fight to the death. We owe it to all our soldiers who have given their lives for Australia to stand up and fight for freedom in Australia, and not allow the current government to capitulate to the Islamic extremists.
When PM Rudd stops playing games, or finally manages to make up his mind on a date for the election, we ask you to give the debutant party your vote.
Vote 1 – Rise Up Australia Party