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Shadow Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is hanging his hat on a real world amalgamation of Marvel Comic’s Mutant Registration Act and Superhuman Registration Act in order to deal with a statistically insignificant crime ripple.
It amazes me that this question still gets asked, and that the answer given is often not a unanimous YES despite all evidence to the contrary.
One way of looking at this odd phenomena is wishful thinking taking precedence over reality.
Could it be the case that we would prefer discrimination based on an individual or group’s ethnic and/or cultural heritage, even generations removed, to be an embarrassing remnant of a less enlightened time?
An article published today by world-renowned Australian neurosurgeon and son of Chinese immigrants, Dr Charlie Teo read to me like as a proud Aussie recognising and acknowledging the problem of racial intolerance. However the comments following the post are prime examples of the vitriol that emerges whenever this topic is broached.
Ironically a poll listed on the page shows that 21.63% of those that voted (218 individuals so far) don’t believe that racism is still alive in Australia. This despite several of the commentators requesting that Dr Teo should ‘go home’, along with a litany of excuses and justifications for the way certain Australians and visitors are treated here.
I wrote a response which I’ve published below, however I highly recommend reading both Dr Teo’s article and the resulting comments for an insight into ‘everyday’ Australian attitudes to multiculturalism.
Oh, and in case anyone suggests I should ‘go home’ for holding ‘un-australian’ views, I was born here and am incredibly grateful for that fact, just like Dr Teo.
Thank you for drawing attention to these issues in such a respectful way Dr Teo.
Many of us feel regularly embarrassed by the level of intolerance that often does seem endemic throughout this great land.
I have seen men physically assaulted with no provocation, woman and children spat on, told to go home either face to face or from passing cars, and often it’s as if no-one batts an eyelid. Worse still is the level of ignorance, excuse making and special pleading of those that attempt to justify such behaviour.
On the other hand I have seen great compassion and collaboration in so many projects of all scales from the smallest act of kindness to larger gestures of welcoming.
Of course there is good and bad behaviour by all Australians, regardless of their cultural heritage, ethnicity or skin tone. However by blindly discriminating, do the commenter’s here actually believe they are not contributing to this problem?
Yes of course other countries are intolerant of other nationalities, but how does this make it alright for such behaviour to exist here? Isn’t it better to strive to lead by example in this area as we, as a nation and hopefully as individuals do in other respects?
Australia is a magnificent country in no small part due to the hard work of people from many nations who strove to make it what it is today, not because the populace were complacent or afraid of progress. We are and have always been a multicultural nation and were this not the case we would not be enjoying the way of life we all seem to agree is pretty damn great.
To deny this is a failure of appreciation of our nation, and to deny a more encompassing, optimistic and reality-based Australia Day celebration.
Jayson D Cooke
Last night on ABC1 we were shown an example of inspirational journalism with Sarah Ferguson and the Four Corners team taking us behind the razor-wire and electric fences of Australia’s on-shore detention centres. Anyone who wasn’t able to watch it can find the story here. What we saw was simply terrible, sickening and saddening in equal measure.
What followed after on Media Watch was yet another example of the much higher rating tabloid media (in this case Today Tonight) distorting facts in order to propagate many of the myths that lead to our country relying on detention centres in the first place.
A better example of the dichotomy between quality journalism and tabloid trash I can’t imagine, nor a better example of the harms caused by such unethical misuses of journalistic freedom.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote that I was preparing a story on the Citizens Electoral Council (CEC), but until today had posted nothing more on this subject. This was in no small part due to the vast amount of research I ended up compiling, but also because I had received correspondence from around the country regarding CEC activities. Among many concerning activities I’ve discovered is that cartloads of the CEC’s propaganda paper, The New Citizen , have been regularly appearing not just at Griffith University campuses and Bond University on Queensland’s Gold Coast, but on university campuses Australia wide.
The latest in a long day of developments (click here or scroll down if you don’t believe me) involving the Gold Coast’s ‘racial brawl’ where ‘racial tensions exploded’ story that featured quite prominently not only on the front page of the Gold Coast Bulletin, but also took up most of page four, most the editorial section as well as being featured on goldcoast.com.au, news.com.au and The Australian web sites, um…wasn’t race related it turns out.
This afternoon an Australian Associated Press article posted on News.com.au details South-east Queensland regional director Glen Hoppner once more stating that the fight was not racially motivated. Read the rest of this entry »
The headline reads:
‘Racial brawl at Gold Coast school‘
Students said there had been tension between New Zealand and white students for months.”
This story describing a ‘racial brawl’, as ‘racial tensions exploded’ appeared today in the Gold Coast Bulletin and is now featured on goldcoast.com.au, news.com.au and The Australian. Oddly the only people interviewed that in any way inferred that the conflict was race related were students at the school. Read the rest of this entry »