What kind of country do you want?

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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YOU DECIDE: In light of a recent poll which showed almost half of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration, Heath asks what kind of country do you want to live in.We again find ourselves tangled in the debate over the place of Australia’s Muslim community.

Last month a poll showed that half of Australians want thegovernment to close our borders to Islamic immigrants.

Despite living in acountry which was built on immigration, we are undoubtedly a very “unwelcoming”bunch at the moment.

The results of that now infamousEssential Research poll astounded me. This was not becoming ofthe Australia I thought I grew up in; the country I long believed was the greatest in the world.

Sadly as time goes on I have come to realise there are deep seated racial tensions present in Australian society – the kind that are usually expressed as a one-liner at the pub but really betray the nation’s relaxed attitude towards racism.

And in this modern age of uncertainty and fear -caused by a shifting global political, social and economicenvironment -it is not surprising to see those dark feelings come to the fore.

A lot of the discussionaround immigration hasbeen taking place in a space devoid of facts. Claims that Muslims don’t assimilate into the Australian culture are oftenbandied about by people who are short onevidence when pressedfor further information.

Those forgotten facts include thatIslam is the second biggest religion in the world, practiced by people of all races. Much like people raised in families of other faiths, not every Muslim follows the Quran to the letter or even practices their religion.

The idea that many who flee countries in the Middle East do so to escape the sometimes oppressive cultures of their homelands is also lost on some.

Regardless of the factthat we havesome of the most stringentimmigrationlaws of any country in the western world, many Australians still believethat we are too lenient.

Yes, terrorism is a genuine threat in the modern age. However, the overwhelming majority of violent crime in Australia is committed by those ofother ethnicities, a large proportionof which arewhite Australians.

So I ask you,what kind of country do you want to live in?

Do you want to live in a nation which celebrates its diversity or rejects it? A country known throughout the world as a welcoming, safe place to live, or a place which is famous for its stone cold hearts?

The United Nations has already given our leaders a stern talking to over controversial off-shoredetention policies. News is spreading fast.

It seems as if many Australians are yearning for theAustralia oflore, a mythicalAustralia that never really existed –or did only for a brief time.

Ask our Indigenous population what Australia was really like before their land was ripped up from beneath their feet by the same people who are so reluctant to open their armsto those fleeing persecution.

Unless you were born before theWhite Australia Policy began to be wound back in 1966, you would probably have grown up in a Sydney which was a melting pot ofpeople fromall cultures.

Now is the time for our political leaders and those in the public eye to stand together against hate and prejudice, on both sides of the debate.

The idea that people’s opinions must be respected, no matter how damaging and inflammatory, is utter hogwash and seems counter-intuitive at a time when mental health is supposedly at the forefront of the nation’s health policies.

Speaking as a white male, I don’t feel as if I’ve become marginalised. It seems as if those who do hold that belief just can’t deal with the fact their ignorantviews are finally being called out for what they are.

I believe we are better than this, and wehave the power todecide tobecome the great multi-cultural nation thatwe are alwaystoldwe are.

Heath is a journalist with Fairfax Media and a supporter of multi-culturalism.

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