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Australian cultural cohesion historical concern! : Comments

By Patricia Jenkings, published 23/6/2011

Australia's approach to non-Anglo immigrants has developed over time, and must develop further.

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Patricia Jenkins is another well meaning humanitarian who seems to think that white Australians should be happy about their culture and identity being submerged by incoming waves of non English speaking migrants. Patricia, can you name a single country in the world in all of recorded history where the majority allowed themselves to peacefully be made into a minority in their own country?

If I was to say that I was Chinese or Indian, and that I wanted to protect and promote my culture, I am sure that you would think that this is a great idea, and you would support my ideals wholeheartedly. So why do you think it wrong for white people do the same thing?

What holds every society together is the general agreement as to what constitutes acceptable behaviour. Where different cultures inhabit the same territory, who have values, attitudes and behaviour diametrically opposed to each other, the inevitable result is serious social strife, reduced civil liberties, demands for separatism, terrorism, and civil war.

The portents that this is inevitable process has already begun in Australia are already being manifest with race riots in Redfern, Cronulla, and Cogee, the balkanisation of suburbs into ethnic ghettoes, and the reduction of our civil liberties through the implementation of anti terrorism and anti organized crime legislation.

Australia is not a multicultural society, it is increasingly a culturally divided society where entire suburbs are becoming monocultural from the importation of people who are totally committed to maintaining their religious and cultural identity. These people, who have no intention of sublimating their own cultural values and ethnic identity into some fuzzy, no-name brand, multicultural "Australian" one, must be shaking their heads in pitying wonder that people like you want to destroy your own.
Posted by LEGO, Thursday, 23 June 2011 1:55:29 PM
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The Greeks and the Italians never tried to blow us up? Is that a women under that burka or a bomb?
Posted by Kenny, Thursday, 23 June 2011 2:27:53 PM
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I think there is a deep confusion at the heart of this article and it's suggested in the title. It is not cultural cohesion we need to achieve but social cohesion; that is, a peaceful, democratic society within the framework provided by the Constitution and Australian law.

To the extent that citizens of various backgrounds understand each others cultural customs and respect, even participate in these customs this is to be applauded but the key issue is that individuals are free to believe in and practise what they like provided they do not coerce others and they obey Australian law. Asylum seekers must also behave in this fashion. If they are attempting to enter Australia illegally and are not genuine refugees, then they must be dealt with by the law and deported.
Posted by Senior Victorian, Thursday, 23 June 2011 4:31:26 PM
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Patricia,

If the Abo had had the power to eject the Brits in 1788 we would not have had any problem with the non-brits coming here after the 40s.

So the Abo are the one to be blamed, arn't they?
Posted by skeptic, Sunday, 26 June 2011 9:13:26 PM
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