Category Archives: Migration

AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 Sequel

 

Celebrating What
CELEBRATING WHAT??
(australiadental.com.au)

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE BARRICADES

On Australia Day morning I manned the barricades to keep vehicles out and merrymakers safe while participating in the Pearl Beach patriotic festivities. Celebrating  what? The character of our celebrations are far removed from those of other ex-colonial nations, Canada, United States, Brazil, Argentina and New Zealand, (Australia Day Prequel).

Returning to the barricades, there was a stark difference in celebratory effusion between people who passed across my checkpoint. Almost without exception, New Australians of Arabic, African and southern European extraction waved flags and enthusiastically greeted me  with “Happy Australia Day”. No doubt those from war torn, corrupt regimes would have much to celebrate. Conversely, almost without exception, long-domiciled Australians were less enthusiastic and a trifle reticent in their greeting. Perhaps a ‘life not meant to be easy’ is giving a lie to ‘Our Golden Soil and Wealth for Toil’ for too many of us. Question Time antics in the House does not inspire public confidence that Government policy will solve today’s problems.

 

PAYMENT OF RESPECT TO ALL AUSTRALIANS

First Australians
DESCENDANTS OF THE FIRST AUSTRALIANS
(buzzfeed.co)

It is right that at diverse meetings across this Land, Australians should pay respects to the First People to colonise Australia Felix, for example, the Gadigal people of the Sydney region and the Ngunnawal people around Canberra. Missing from these respects is a recognition that, wherever we are gathered, the Australian nation owes its prosperity, safety, freedom and culture to European settlers and pioneers who created the foundation for the Australia of today.

Australian Pioneers
AUSTRALIAN PIONEERS (beadsguru.blogspot.com)

It is concerning that too many younger Australians, in their comfortable surrounds, are unaware of the debt they owe their forebears and other early settlers. Payment of respects to all Australian Pioneers might provide an ethos for Australia and provide the  Nation with a focus for our National Day.

Young Australians
COMFORTABLE YOUNG AUSTRALIANS
(border.gov.au)

Australia is a nation of immigrants (convicts, settlers. Chinese miners, Ten Pound Poms, boat people). A pillar for social cohesion amongst the Australian nation can only be ‘One Law of the Land’, inviolate, absolute.  Australia Day, at whatever future date, must celebrate the achievements of Australia as an Immigrant Nation. This omission could be considered as evidence of a Cultural Cringe since we do not honour the toil, hardship  and achievement of the people who made Australia before the Second World War. Let us  remember them on Australia Day and pay our respects to them more often than we do. Without the energy of new immigrants Australia, as a Middle Power, will inevitably wilt and decline.

New Australians
NEW AUSTRALIANS, THE HOPE OF OUR SIDE (australiantimes.co.uk)

 

OVER TO THE POLITICIANS!

In an ideal world the Federal Parliament would grasp the initiative to ensure Opening Ceremonies would continue to pay respects to Traditional Owners and Pioneer Immigrants who collectively laid the foundation for the Australia of today. This policy would provide a focus for Australia Day rather than the vacuous “Enjoy Australia Day any way you like”.

 

 

 

 

 

Backpackers and Backsliders June 2016

Backsliders and Backpackers

BREXIT  Calais Refugee Camps

 

Backpackers and Backsliders

Australia has a serious youth unemployment problem. For 2008, the 15 – 24 age group numbered 300,000  young people, that is, a 14 % unemployment rate. (Source Youth Unemployment in Australia, Dr Patrick Carvalho, November 2015)

 

Young Australians
Young Australians
(theconversation.com)

Backpacker working visas granted during 2012 – 13  were 249,000. These young people found employment picking fruit, working on farms, hotel cleaning, in bars and restaurants. (Source Department of Immigration,  August 2013) There is now one backpacker for every Year 12 school leaver. (Source Centre for Population and Urban Research, Monash University)

I was recently in a packing shed in central New South Wales, Korean backpackers  were efficiently working. I asked why no Australian young people were in the mix. The owner snorted  and stated he would not employ young Australians for several reasons from laziness to unreliability.

 

Backpacker Work
Backpacker Employment, Backer Work
(journysaremade.com)

Our Australian culture still suffers from the legacy of ‘Loss of Empire’. We, as a nation, must come to terms with the fact that there must be young Australians in our midst who will  remain ‘hewers of wood and drawers of water: aspirations for degrees and diplomas for some will remain pipe dreams and our political elite must face reality. The above ideas will be dealt with in more detail later. Contribution on this issue would be welcome. A variation on crowd funding!

 

BREXIT  Calais Refugee Camps

 

Calais Camp
Calais Asylum Camp
(mirror.co.uk)

A ‘boil’ barely mentioned but might be painfully ‘lanced’ is the international boundary between Britain and France, nominally in the middle of the English Channel. Currently, France assists Britain by placing the boundary on the seaward side of Calais – Britain pays millions of pounds a year for this service. There are now rumbles from the French Government that this cosy arrangement may be reviewed. There is now a possibility that the refugee camps containing some 18,000 displaced persons could be transferred to ‘This blessed plot, this realm, this England (Richard II). In recent months, France has foiled 37,000 attempts by migrants to reach the shores of Kent. (helprefugees.com and BBC News) Martello Towers and the ghosts of The Few and Francis Drake will be unable to repel this new invasion. This might become an unimagined  consequence of the ‘Leave’ faction.

 

Police and Refugees
Police and Refugees
(thelocal.fr)

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