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Changing what we can change : Comments

By Margaret Beavis, published 23/11/2015

Australia has a proud history of multiculturalism, and bringing together leaders and communities from differing ethnic and religious groups.

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Clueless. The UN General Assembly's First Committee can pass all the useless resolutions it wants. Bit like the Green Left, really. Fact is, the Security Council will not support any such action. And each permanent member has a veto.

Russia, China, the US are not going to agree to give up their nuclear weapons.

And, by the way, this writer appears to lay all the responsibility at the feet of the United States. Russia and China are not mentioned. Why would that be?

She claims that one of the benefits of multiculturalism is "...an Aboriginal football player...". Good grief. There were thousands of them long before multiculturalism was dreamed up and they were cheered and admired. What has that got to do with the failed policy of multiculturalism? (Angela Merkel's assessment, not just mine.)

And the differences between earlier waves of immigration and the present one were that (a) they generally integrated and accepted the host culture, and (b) they didn't harbour terrorists in their ranks.

If "boat people" are "scarred for life" by their treatment on Christmas Island, Manus and Nauru, how does that compare with their treatment in environments they allegedly fled from?

As for changes to the criminal justice system...

The soft on crime strategies that the writer applauds led to the rape and murder of Jill Meagher and many other such crimes. No wonder people have now taken a more punitive view. Locking criminals away has a very good result: it keeps them off the street and prevents any further offences.

Na´ve is not a strong enough word for this junk. It gives bleeding hearts a bad name.
Posted by calwest, Monday, 23 November 2015 10:36:25 AM
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>Australia has a proud history of multiculturalism,

Early history of Australia shows that is not exactly true. The English discriminated against the Irish and Scotts and the Chinese. People of German Heritage and Italian heritage were interned during the Second world war.

It has been slow progress and in terms of history it is only in relative recent times that have we began to embrace our multicultural heritage.
Posted by Wolly B, Monday, 23 November 2015 11:00:36 AM
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Oh god!

If a GP can prattle such garbage it makes you wonder just what they are teaching in med school these days, & if it is safe to visit your local GP.
Posted by Hasbeen, Monday, 23 November 2015 11:35:16 AM
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The author, luv a, looks like a nice lady.

But there is a Difference between Catholic or Buddhist Vietnamese refugees, Aborigines (who already live here) and

young Muslim males.

There is a strong correlation between terrorism in Australia and young Muslim males. Alienated and inspired by ISIS online propaganda.

Many of these males cannot be usefully security checked when they come to Australia because they are under 10 or not even born. They are growing up here, steadily more radicalised, in increasing numbers.

The Government's promise it will "security check" all Syrian refugees is therefore ineffective even before it starts. This is because the threat develops years after entry to Australia.

Is it a problem Australians should boost by bringing in 12,000 more?

The Government even failed to identify the risk from Sydney seige Monis. Identifying 15 year olds is even more difficult.

So have a cup of tea Margaret.
Posted by plantagenet, Monday, 23 November 2015 12:08:54 PM
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Seems like a reasonable assessment of the situation that all of humankind is now in. It has quite a bit of congruence with this essay:
http://www.dabase.org/p3family.htm
And most of the people associated with the multivarious outfits listed here would probably sympathize with it too.
http://www.dabase.org/GCF.htm

Unfortunately the humanly created world-mummery is (perhaps) to far gone into a downwards spiralling darkness for people of good will to make any positive distance. But then again the author of the first essay tells us that we (that is everybody all at once) can, and must make the necessary changes.
He points out that one can either practice the politics of the open hand or the closed (angry) fist. One can either light a candle, or angrily curse and thus deepen the darkness.
Posted by Daffy Duck, Monday, 23 November 2015 1:32:57 PM
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From the same author - written in 1982.
"The trouble is is that the ancient cultural memes which are now patterning and thus controlling the entire world are now obsolete, and essentially toxic.
These memes were once more of less self contained. But for the last 1000 years these cultures and their "holy" books have inevitably entered into more and more open contact and conflict with one another. The result has been a seemingly interminable sequence of absurd wars, all based on the efforts of one or another anciently (or modernly) independent system of mind and culture to achieve a state of power and dominance over all other systems.
Historically, Christian-ISM and Islam-ISM are, among religions, the most conspicuous in their consistent pursuit of world wide political power and universal cultural dominance, whereas the capitalistic and communistic political systems, each in league with the amoral and transcultural technical idealism of scientific materialism, are, in the modern era, the most conspicuous secular enterprises engaged in the usual pursuit of global power and dominance.

By unconsciously allowing the process of world culture to develop through the never-ending conflict of self-contained systems we have, in effect and in actuality, placed the world in the hands of self-centered lunatics - as if all of the madmen and madwomen who imagine themselves to be Cleopatra, Jesus, or Napoleon were given principal offices in each government and institution in the world.

There, all the "holy" books are OUR books, and all of us must go to school and be transformed in our minds by studying the Great Tradition, Only a critical approach to our inherited and traditional cultural and philosophical limitations of mind and action can purify us of the deeply entrenched habit of brute conflict and self-delusion."

Unfortunately those that call themselves "conservative" are, everywhere, the most resistant to such necessary trance-formation. They would rather fight to the death, and thus destroy civilization, or what remains of it.
Posted by Daffy Duck, Monday, 23 November 2015 2:01:38 PM
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