NSW Liberal leader Peter (who?) Debnam was forced by Sutherland’s Liberal Party Lord Mayor David Redmond to remove a party-political tirade from his speech to a group of migrants who were being installed as Australian citizens.
Debnam himself had asked to speak at the Sutherland Shire (home to the world-infamous December 2005 Cronulla race-riots) ceremony, knowing that party political screeds are prohibited by Department of Immigration policy at citizenship ceremonies.
“Becoming an Australian citizen does not give you the right to a patch of land where you simply recreate your old country in the new, separated from the rest of the community.”
Look here, Pete- you’re dealing with people, not computers. You can’t erase an accumulated lifetime and install your own cut-snake-mad nationalist operating system. If you’re going to accept migrants, you get the personality along with the person.
I am a dual American-Australian citizen- and quite unapologetically so. I retained my US citizenship when I adopted Australian citizenship in 2003 so that I could continue to vote as an absentee in US federal and some state-level elections. I was in that mob of voters who installed a Democrat controlled Congress last November. Even now, the new Democrat Congress is beginning to rein in King George the Decision Maker… and not an instant too soon. If you want to call that ‘recreating the old country in the new,’ so be it. I call it being a responsible citizen.
People who have seen nationalism in action in different countries strangely lose faith in nationalism. Same lies, different place. Nationalism demands faith and belief that your place is better than everyone’s else. Faith just means parroting what believers do.
Migrants are not usually stupid; if they think they will ‘fit in’ better by singing the nationalist tunes of the insular racists in their newly adopted country, some just might. Considering these people have rejected an entire nationalist structure from another country, don’t be too surprised when they can reject others. Playing along with a smile puts the go-team nutbaggery into the perspective it deserves.
Debnam’s dogma is so ridiculous that he thinks he can re-order reality.
A centrepiece of [Debnam's] policy is a plan to change the name of the program “English as a Second Language” to “Teaching English as First Language”.
Umm… if someone has learned another language before they learn English, when they acquire English, it’ll be a secondary if not tertiary or quaternary language. Just what does Debnam think he’s accomplishing? Completely illogical. Mind you, one shouldn’t expect much logic out of people who want you to accept and believe a load of authoritarian, nationalist, Anglocentric rubbish.
Yeh mate, I’m fair bloody dinkum… but I’ll be a bloody seppo in the privacy of my own home if and when it suits me- and migrants from other places are apt to be similar.
Total assimilation and inculcation into a nationalist mindset is not only impractical but undesirable. Diversity is strength. Debnam needs to stop alienating the >20% of voters in his electorate who are migrants- or he’ll forever consign his NSW Liberal Party to the insignificance it already enjoys.
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