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It wont be long,Yeah.OZ is indeed going down the same path as the UK!It will be a while yet,BUT it's gonna happen IMO !I will brace myself.
How can anyone begrudge a true asylum seeker a place of safety? I doubt if anyone on this forum does.
I think problems can arise if asylum seekers don't actually want to become Australian, or integrate, because they are really just waiting for a time when they can return to their 'own' country. They might not understand or appreciate the laws and customs of our country - or even want to. I think we have more problems as old enemies bring their issues and wars with them but I guess it must be hard to leave such strong feelings at the airport/dock.
It may be a shame that new arrivals want to be together but that's always been the way, hasn't it? And it's understandable if people feel a sense of belonging from being close to others who share their culture, language and history - even if they are white, anglo-saxons lol!
I don't know what the answer is but I do think that the government needs to ensure that ALL new migrants, irrespective of race, creed or colour (or means of entry to our county lol) understand what our laws are and appreciate our customs and culture.
All just IMHO of course,
I can't stand it when people bemoan the uk and use the phrase "going down the same path as the uk", continually trotting the old cliche out whenever it's convenient. Whereas I accept that opinions are subjective, it seems that wheeling out the hackneyed idea that Britain has gone to the dogs is getting a little tired.
Take yourself back to any generation you like, at any time in the history of the uk and you'll always find people having a moan about something, whether it's those darn pesky Romans, or rude uncouth Vikings, or those strange folk who insist on using machines to do things.
Is the uk really that bad, or are we just a nationality that has set itself up as a walking cliche?
So there's immigrants in the uk, and there's immigrants here - big deal. It's going to happen whether you like it or not. In all probability, the majority would far rather be back in their own country if it wasn't such a basket case. If Australia suddenly went nuts and my life was under threat, you can bet your bottom dollar I'd be escaping for the good of MY family...
As for the ones who we all despise, the tiny minuscule minority, the ones who arrive preaching a doctrine of hatred... we have a criminal justice system that should be better equipped to deal with that, and as far as i can see that is a separate issue that both countries need to address more effectively and would involve reforming an archaic legal system that often has its roots in a different age....
Back to my original point, it really is a matter of perception, but it just annoys me the slating the uk gets for issues that pale into significance when you think of all the wonderful things about Britain that you forget because you spend all your time worrying about some nutcases scattered about the place.
Everyone gives Islam a bad rap, but for my money the radicals in that religion are no worse than the creepy folk who turn up at the door every now and then and tell me i'm going to go to hell unless i follow a bunch of bizarre criteria.
But nobody moans about them because they fit your narrow-minded classification of "British" and are just quaint folk... ... ...
Whew! sorry if that went a bit ranty - it's not aimed at anyone, just the idea.
Last edited by rich; 09-05-2011 at 01:31 AM. Reason: bit ranty, like.