I think we should all go back where we came from.
I think we should all go back where we came from.
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where!!! back to the womb......i'm all for that over winter.. its getting colder
It needs to be put into perspective.
Firstly, computing is so easy now that just about anyone can do it (M'lord I'd like to present meself as "Exhibit P1"). That means that just about anyone with an opinion can get online and express it. These are probably the same folks who, in the old days of paper letters to the editor, would sit down at the kitchen table with their crayons and laboriously print out a hate letter of some sort to the editor.
Secondly, it used to be a saying among journalists that the letters to the editor pages were the domain of nutters. The online arena has possibly taken over that job.
Thirdly, if you don't believe that Australians are capable of being anti-immigrant then you need a reality check. The funny thing about it is that most of them will excuse any immigrant they personally know. This tells me that each rumble of nutterism will pass. I mean many here probably don't remember the racist antics of Michael Brander and his mob, but they seem to have disappeared.
Fourthly, I recall the antics of Colin Jordan, the Nazi schoolteacher from Essex and of course nowadays there's the BNP and the slightly smarter but still nasty UKIP. So it isn't just Australia that has its fair share of bigots.
It's also said that the various waves of immigrants are greeted coolly at first and then gradually accepted into Australian society. Apparently that's been going on since the Second Fleet arrived in NSW. The people from the First Fleet were lining up to take the mickey out of them! Some things never change eh?
Some recent political history on the topic - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationa...on_(Australia)
Hello, I've been reading this forum for years and this thread has finally brought me out of my hiding place :) I am an Australian and I would just like to echo Diane's comments. Please don't worry too much about this article and the foolish replies on Adelaidenow. If you read Adelaidenow regularly you will see that it is the forum where some of Adelaide's most accomplished idiots go to air their views. I am also disappointed by this article, but not surprised. It's happened before and likely will happen again. Please rest assured that for every racist Australian there is another who values our multicultural community and the great benefits that our immigrant populations have given us. I hope you all enjoy Australia very much and thank you for your contributions to our country.
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I'm on Aussie and was disgusted to see the results of that survey - what i read was that 51% of Aussies believe all immigration should be banned! I find that hard to believe. Please don't worry about the idiot comments on that story..... those sort of stories bring them all out and they're certainly not reflective of the attitude of the most Aussies (in my opinion).
I'm afraid this is on par with the Advertiser's usual diet of halfbaked opinion dressed up as 'reporting' and the rabid views of the noisy minority expressed as 'public opinion'. Immigration is a sensitive issue in Australia - depsite having a long history of it! Sadly where some people come from (generally not the UK) is also an issue that worries some people ... as it does in the UK and in other countries in Europe to be fair.
Australia takes a very few immigrants when compared to it's European neighbours but sadly, the level of commentary in both parliament and the press inflames rather than informs. Why let the facts get in the way of a good story. Most Australians I know are pretty tolerant and wouldn't share these views ... but I'm sure we all know some people who do find immigration unpalatable and certainly Australia is constantly worrying about some aspects of it.
I think that racist scaremongering thinly disguised as 'public concern' is shameful. Well done to you for removing it from your FB and for being prepared to take a stand.
Pretty shocking. But no more than the more right wing tabloids here in the UK (think Sun and Daily Mail) - it seems this stuff sells to a certain type of person, they are popular papers! They also like these 'polls', in tiny letters you usually find they asked a very small number of people. Will be interested to hear how quick Facebook's response is/what they say to you.
And nice posts from the aussies on here saying not to think it is a general public opinion, thanks for those. Especially as we are still embroiled in the process and not there yet!
There are racists every where you go and there are racists here in Oz too. Personally I don't like being dumped in the same catergory because I am Aussie born, (although parents from a European background). It is only some Aussies that are like that. But there are lots more people who are not racists and if they are like me they don't tend to read that gumph, nor take part in the stupid polls. The ones that do take part are the ones that like to stir and are racists because that's the only way they can get their "point" across.