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Migration Policy Did Not Include English Neighbour Punching Other Neighbour To Their Head

Victor P Taffa

On Australia Day 2018 one can celebrate on what Australia has achieved and what the future holds.

As a proud Australian on Australia Day one cringes every time a person from New Zealand tries to say Fish & Chips.

New Zealanders always say Fush & Chups.

It is grating to listen to a New Zealander asking for Fush & Chups.

However one can’t be too harsh on the Kiwis. After all they exported two of the best Australians. These being:

  • Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen
  • Eugene Gabriel Sayegh


Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen

National Party Premier of Queensland

8 August 1968 – 1 December 1987 (19 years 115 days)

  • Born: 13 January 1911
  • Died: 23 April 2005

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen is Queensland’s longest continuously serving Premier at 19 years and 115 days.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was born in Dannevirke in the southern Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand, and lived in Waipukurau, a small town in Hawke’s Bay. The Australian Bjelke-Petersen family are of Danish and Swedish descent.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s parents were both Danish immigrants, and his father, Carl (known to the family as George), was a Lutheran pastor. In 1913 the family moved to Australia, establishing a farm, ‘Bethany’, near Kingaroy in south-eastern Queensland.

Joh Bjelke-Petersen married Florence Isabel Gilmour on 31 May 1952 and had 4 children.


Eugene Gabriel Sayegh

Queensland’s longest serving Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 1968-87













Eugene Gabriel Sayegh (Editor Victor P Taffa’s Grandfather)

  • Born: 7 May 1900
  • Died: 30 July 1988

First Solicitor and Barrister of Lebanese descent admitted to the Bar in New South Wales.

Eugene Gabriel Sayegh came to Sydney from Auckland, New Zealand in 1917.

Eugene Gabriel Sayegh of Christian Catholic Lebanese descent was admitted to the Bar in New South Wales in 1927.

Eugene married Zoe Malouf at St. Mary Magdalene Rose Bay in January 1928 and had 3 daughters and 11 Grandchildren.

In 1946 Eugene defeated William Dovey QC (Father of Margaret Whitlam) in a famous Sydney divorce case.

Eugene retired from legal practice in 1984.

New Zealand exported in Editor Victor P Taffa’s mind two great Australians who were people who he looked up to and gained much knowledge from.

These were two Ex-New Zealanders who Editor Victor P Taffa never heard say Fush & Chups.


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