Hate and fear

Hate and fear

It appears that hate and fear drive a number of Australians  when speaking about Asylum seekers.  A recent study by  Monash University  stated that a majority Australians  are against  the  ‘Asylum  Boat Seekers’  and yet still want a multicultural society.  The two positions seem paradoxically opposed.  The poll indicated that the majority of Australians were opposed to Asylum seekers arriving by boat……

Who were the people surveyed?  If we were to sample 1000 people in inner Sydney  and 1000 people in  the western suburbs of Sydney , there would be a very different outcome.  My concern is, these polls are taken as gospel. Anyone who has ever studied statistics knows  that your choice of demographic when conducting a poll can give a  predetermined outcome.

I have more faith in Australians than the few negative comments that followed the post on Facebook. Everyone is entitled  to an opinion and entitled to have it heard, but these studies do not and cannot speak for us all.

Europeans and others are all immigrants to this country since the beginning of white settlement.  Our  human rights record is poor when as colonisers we look at our own recorded behaviours towards the First Nation people of this land and our continuing treatment of them.

As for Asylum seekers, they  cannot go back to where they came from, for there is no place for them to go back to. Look at the photos of Aleppo and ask yourself if you would stay there. Ask yourself why these people are fleeing their land of their birth. Ask yourself why these wars are being fought and who is supporting the warring factions and who is supplying the ammunition. You may not like the answers you find.

The fact that I did not delete any comments following my post attests to the fact that I understand people have a differing opinion to mine.

Just a few well-known people in Australia who have come from a refugee background are:

  • Anh Do (Comedian/ Author)
  • Les Murray (Sport- football)
  • Frank Lowy (Property owner)
  • Tan Le (Technology)
  • The Honourable James Spigelman (Law)
  • Majak Daw (AFL)
  • Judy Cassab (Artist)
  • Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (Radio DJ/ Scientist)
  • Huy Truong (Dot.com manager)

I ask that the press does not pretend to speak for me or others like me. Consider where we would be today without immigrants.

I will not become a sideline terrorist by subscribing to the fear and hate that is whipped up by the media and others under the guise of protecting our way of life.

Like many others, I do not want to see Australian land and companies swamped by  foreign ownership. This issue has little to do with refugees and Asylum seekers and owes its existence to white  politicians, people of privilege selling us out to foreign powers.  China is the most notable example. In 2012 the government and opposition both welcomed foreign investment in Australia. In December 2011, Peter Costello joined with Bob Hawke in a delegation to the Gulf States where they courted countries  such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to expand their investments in Australian food and agricultural industries

I am firmly opposed to the current level of foreign investment in Australia. However, I will open my  home and my heart to those who are fleeing oppression and possibly death, to those who want a new life and a new start.

I will not be party to locking people up in detention centres and taking away their dignity and subjecting them to the same inhuman treatment that they have fought to escape, or to ensuring that they are never allowed to enter Australia.

I do ask that they leave behind their fears and old hatreds and that they embrace the Australian way of life. I ask that they are allowed to practice their religious beliefs. I will not tell a Sikh he may not wear a turban, or a Jew that he cannot wear a yarmulke and read from the Torah and celebrate the Sabbath. I will not tell a Mormon not to read The Book of Mormon or a Jehovah’s Witness that he /she must eat meat or have a blood transfusion.

I will not tell a woman who freely chooses to wear a hijab that she must dress in western dress. I will not interfere with a person’s right to practice their religious beliefs as long as they are not breaking any of the legitimate constitutionally enacted laws of this country where they have chosen to make their home.

I will not be part of any action that is driven by fear and divisiveness.

And lastly if you  are on Facebook and don’t like what is in my news feed feel free to unfriend me.  I certainly won’t be offended.

About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. As a mature aged student, she completed a Bachelor of Creative Writing. Master of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Linda has also completed the Diploma of Family History Studies at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and is looking forward to further post graduate work. Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She now lives in Bass Coast in beautiful Wonthaggi and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur baby Hugo Boss

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