Cancer For The Cure

Posted: September 21, 2011 in Dummy Spits, Politics

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Good people, I have a concern I’d like to share with you.

I am worried that we are losing our identities as Australians. I believe we all need to do whatever we can to resolve this as soon as possible so that our national identity can be enjoyed by future generations of Australians.

Anybody who has been abroad will till you two things that are certain. Airline food is crap, and virtually everyone loves Aussies.

It is absolutely true. It seemed to me that no matter where you were in the world, as soon as people found you were Australian, you were instantly welcomed, trusted, and considered a friend.

Australians have enjoyed a reputation of being everyone’s mate for a long time now. The Paul Hogan/Crocodile  Dundee style image of being always up for a beer, always saying G’Day to all, and being a little knockabout, has done us all well. Our Olympics were known as the Friendly Olympics, our nation digs deep whenever tragedy strikes at home or abroad, and we accept anyone that greets us with a smile.

My concern is that our reputation as an accepting, arms-open nation may be at risk. It seems racism is once again starting to raise its ugly head, as is apathy.

The Alan Jones inspired race riot in Cronulla in 2005, where Liberal Scott Morrisson is the elected leader, did our international reputation tremendous harm. Images of police trying to control angry mobs of mostly 18-35 year old white men, brandishing Australian flags, and looking to bash anyone whom they considered not white enough to be an Aussie in their eyes, were broadcast all over the world. I was asked many times about it by friends from overseas, they worried that our friendly nation was turning into a pack of Neo Nazi’s.

Never wanting to be outdone by Sydney, Melbourne upped the ante in 2008-2009 with a series of unprovoked violent attacks, some horrific, against the Indian population. This had a massive impact on our tourism industry, and also our trade. In the end the Australian government had to assure the Indian Government that as a whole Australians were not racist, and that the vast number of students that come to Australia from India would be safe. That is not a good look at all….

If you think that these things couldn’t happen again, I reckon you’re wrong. We seem to be unable to learn from our mistakes. If you don’t believe me, check out the two blog sites that I have put links to below, these will give you an idea of of the attitudes of some of the people out there.

Fueling the fire is the media, who seem to relish in every crime, no matter how petty, that is committed by people of “Middle Eastern appearance” or “from an Islamic background”. Shock Jocks don’t help much either, Alan Jones incited the Cronulla Riots, yet he is still on air preaching hate 5 days a week. Far right wing commentators like Andrew Bolt reinforce the opinions of these bigots.

Now we have the Asylum Seeker debate which seems to be going nowhere, despite best efforts to send it to new depths of low. Although, I must say it was refreshing to see the always inspirational Kristina Kenneally on Q&A this week supporting onshore processing and going against the company line.

Kristina’s comments on this issue and others, and the campaigning on asylum seeker policy by the likes of Doug Cameron and John Faulkner highlight a major difference between the Labor and Liberal parties. Labor allows it’s members to speak out on issues they are passionate about, even if it goes against party direction. In contrast, when was the last time Malcolm Turnbull was heard to speak out on environmental policy?

Whilst I understand that the Malaysian Solution will probably work, and break the people smuggling business, at what cost?

Castration is thought to be the best cure for rapists, however we don’t do it. Why not? It would work, it would be popular, problem solved… We don’t do it because it is cruel, which is fair enough I reckon. We, as a society wouldn’t want to be cruel to a violent rapist, but cruel treatment of a 5 year old child fleeing famine and persecution, that’s supposed to be ok? What we are doing to these people is cruel, that is why the High Court put a stop to it.

The cure we are offering up currently is worse than the disease.

Tony Abbott may be comfortable playing up to the fears of the ignorant and the easily led, the Labor Party should not. The ALP is not losing members to The Greens on this issue, they are being served up to them on a silver platter.

Every time I see Tony Abbott or Scott Morrisson on TV saying how Narau is ready to take asylum seekers I want to throw up. Every time you see the facilities on Narau they are not fit for a dog. Shipping containers as accommodation, old buildings with holes in the walls and plants growing through the floors…. I’d love to see either of them spend a weekend in that kind of squalor.

We have the space, our regional areas need the workers for the massive growth in the mining industry,and  we have the ability. The only things missing are the will, and the open arms that we once had.

Neither the governments or the oppositions “solutions” are in any way acceptable. Anything that leaves us with a huge moral issue is not a solution in any way, shape, or form.

Our soldiers are currently dying in Afghanistan to provide a safe home for it’s citizens, we support that, and other conflicts we enter in the name of Freedom. Yet we turn our noses up at a few who come here, with their hearts in their hands, because we don’t like the way they came here.
I’ll tell you one thing for sure, I bet they don’t like the way they are coming
here either….

We can provide freedom for these people, it will cost far less than a military intervention, and won’t cost the life of a single soldier.

I think the price we pay for both Labors Malaysia Solution, and the Pacific Solution of the Liberal Party, is our humanity.

The cost to future generations of Australians will be our national identity. We will no longer be everyone’s mate, and that will be a great loss.

This week Wayne Swan won the international award for “Treasurer Of The Year” and deservedly so. A proud moment for Australia indeed.

A prouder moment would be to see our leader win a humanitarian award for our nations treatment of asylum seekers.

They say a nation should be judged by the way it treats it’s sick and it’s needy. Australia is part of a global community, and at the moment we are treating that communities needy like shit….

Also, please remember if you are buying anything online to check the Charity Shop via the link below. It is not like Vinnies, and when purchases are made via the site, the companies donate to charity. There are stores like Dick Smith, Vodafone, and Flight Centre on there, even iTunes if you are buying music.

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  1. David Fawcett says:

    Good post Wixxy, but you might want to give the Melbourne bit an edit. Turns out that the reasons for the protests etc. was baseless:

  2. AnnalisaW says:

    Inspiring as always. When are you going to run Wixxy? You’d have my vote.


    • wixxy says:

      Thanks Annalisa 🙂 I did actually, last state election in NSW. Unfortunately it was a tough year for us, and I also live & ran in the safest Lib seat in the state. I did well though, out of 34 polling booths I increased Labors vote in 25 booths, the 9 I didn’t were all influenced by the Nth West Rail Link… but it was a great experience and one I hope to repeat.
      Thanks again 🙂

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