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We have been warned : Comments

By Richard Laidlaw, published 27/3/2018

Peter Dutton, the Home Affairs minister who is leading the charge towards making Australia even less relevant to the world than it already is, was two months old when I arrived in Australia.

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Anyone who says "that as an immigrant I'm not entitled to full free speech because I'm not a real Aussie" is a fool.

Anyone who believes them, likewise.

In Australia you're still perfectly able to say "And I won't be shutting up."

Now go visit to the 'old country' and explain to them how you won't be shutting up....

http://pjmedia.com/trending/upside-morals-todays-britain/

"On March 12, Lauren Southern, an author and anti-Islam activist from Canada whose YouTube channel has nearly half a million followers, tried to enter the UK via Calais. Instead of being admitted, she was escorted into a room by Kent police, who, citing the Terrorism Act, informed her that she had no rights (including the right to remain silent), interrogated her about her political and religious beliefs, asked her what she thought about Islamic and right-wing terrorists, and demanded that she hand over her phone and tell them her access code so they could read her text messages. (She refused.)

Southern was eventually told that she would be denied entry into the UK because of her participation in a “racist” event the previous month in Luton, where, having noticed that it's okay to say Jesus was gay, she handed out flyers saying that Allah is gay. This, the Kent police told her, had been an act of “racism.” Two days after her expulsion, Southern was at the European Parliament, where an MEP from Kent, Janice Atkinson, pointed out that as a Canadian, Southern carries a passport in which the Queen of Canada, who is also Queen of the United Kingdom, requests that the holder be permitted free and unimpeded travel. The same valiant British cops who put so much energy into interrogating and intimidating Southern, noted Atkinson, have “allowed 500 jihadis to slip in.”

Just be happy that you are a citizen of a land where free speech remains relatively free.
Posted by mhaze, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 12:43:23 PM
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MHaze: Thanks. I'm very happy to be Australian, and have been for 46 years. I thought that was clear. I was very happy, too, to leave the U.K. in 1969, in part because of apprehension of the future development there of the sort of Orwellian policing and attempts at thought control of which you speak. There's a vast difference between culture (and heritage) and banal political matters of the moment.
Posted by Scribe, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 1:27:58 PM
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None of my business? Well Just don't make my business by going into print with your political predilections! And you're the one who described himself as British. Like so many who think they're the only ones and let's not beat around the 'ouses, able to speak right proper henglish. You seem to want to say something or pick a quarrel with the host country, but just don't possess the testicular fortitude?

Reading between the lines? I'd say you have a minority view/problem with our border control and the detention of intending non invited immigrants? Who to a generic man have quite deliberately destroyed their identifying documentation!

But only after using it to book an air passage to a so called transition country. Where they were safe from the alleged prosecution or mortal danger and as such, owed nothing by us.

If they still want to come here they remain free to opt for any legitimate UNR camp get on a waiting list and just wait for their legitimate turn, always providing they can pass our good character test.

And given they can't? A very plausible reason for destroying their identifying documentation. The same papers they need to get a transition visa to Malaysia or Indonesia where as allegedly persecuted Muslims/minorities, they had already found sanctuary.

Even so, still able to find the equivalent of a year's salary to pay organised crime to illegally smuggle them into Australian territory.

Now if you have a different view? How about persuasion with your alleged writing skill?

Thus far as an exercise in how to win friends and influence people your "very superior" bombast isn't working too well, is it?
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Tuesday, 27 March 2018 1:49:02 PM
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Thanks, Alan B. Always nice to get a considered response.
Posted by Scribe, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 2:09:52 PM
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In the multi- cultural Australia that we have today , one tends to forget about the 'historical' whingeing Pom... Ahhh ... memories and Thanks for them, Richard. Enjoy Indonesia..!
Posted by Aspley, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 2:10:39 PM
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"Thanks, Alan B. Always nice to get a considered response."

http://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/unturned-bunker/images/0/0a/Meaning-of-vault-boy-thumbs-up-jpg.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20160316025719

Succinct and right on target.
Posted by mhaze, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 2:20:49 PM
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