Immigration in Australia – John Gibson for the Senate
Well before the first fleet Australia was already inhabited by immigrants. The original inhabitants “Australian Aboriginals”.
Australia needs immigration to grow and prosper. The contribution to the development and success of this country by immigrants is something we should all be thankful for. Some immigrants have achieved standout notoriety and most have been successful by integrating and contributing to the Australian Culture mutually respecting our values and adopting our “Fair Go Attitude”.
I experienced in the 1960’s thousands of immigrants that sought employment at the BHP Steelworks in Newcastle. I worked right beside them as an apprentice. They were skilled ,willing and enthusiastic and keen to show the pride in their workmanship. As a casual barman I enjoyed hosting and serving them at their weddings and club functions. They were full of life and fun loving, they were from all walks of life, cultures and religions. We called them wogs,spivs and dago’s and still they embraced us.
I went to school with their sons and daughters. I became friends with many, some become my best friends. Integration into that society was hard for them,but they persevered. For us it was the time of the pill, the bikini,free love, music, flower power,rockers,widgies,bodgies,surfies and having fun and working hard. I can tell you that at my high school we enjoyed the cultural diversity of the sons and daughters of immigrants who sometimes had “strange lunch boxes” the contents of which were never traded for a vegemite sandwich, but were eagerly shared for those curious palates to discover new tastes and aromas.
So looking at the current immigration problems you have to ask “where did we go wrong”. We went wrong when party politics and political ideaology combined with the corrupt influence of the UNHCR allowed squawking minority social activist groups to influence our populace and Government to feel guilty that we all lived in the “land of milk and honey” and the rest of the world lived in “squalor and poverty” and persecution.
This country would have been glad to accept for immigration those from “squalor poverty and persecution” and we did. On the other hand we have no obligation to allow “Illegal Economic Refugees” into our country.
An Illegal “Economic Refuge” who steps of fare paying rickety ocean going vessels in designer clothing has already indicted that he or she is prepared to flout Australia’s Laws. Despite passing through many countries of their own culture as airfare paying passengers they have targeted Australia for “Economic Benefit”. Alternatively, those Refugees who go through the right immigration process and eventually arrive in this country can be of great benefit to the people of Australia.
Our Immigration Programs for refugees should be able to screen “Economic Refugees” from genuine “Refugees” in need of the compassion of a host country but it appears that screening is not as successful as it could be.
Refuge Programs should not be confused with regular immigration programs. On this subject we should be learning the mistakes currently being experiences in Europe and stop immigration for those where there is such a difference in political, cultural and religious thinking.
My focus on immigration will be to curtail and limit immigration of Economic Refugees and any other refugee who does not obey the legal entry laws of Australia.