Mass Immigration: Undermining Australia's Way of Life



Section One


Culture



The Australian culture is unique and must continue, and be given the opportunity to gradually evolve at a natural pace. To continually introduce outsiders into our society, people who have played no part in building our community, or who have no relationship with our heritage and values (and often never will) diminishes not only the cultural heritage of Australia, but breaks down the bonding of our community.

The Australian character has been formed by a unique set of circumstances. This ancient land has been inhabited by an ancient people, a convict heritage, and our pioneer's battles with the land, coping with drought and climatic uncertainty. The early explorers were heroes in their own time and their names live on - Stuart, Burke and Wills, Sturt, Eyre, Wylie and Baxter, Giles, Blaxland, Wentworth, and Lawson, and later Kingsford Smith and Mawson. The stark evidence of their exploration lives on in place names like Despair, Desolation, and Hopeless scattered grimly across our landscape.

The early British and varied European settlers did not simply transfer a British culture to this land, but were determined to shed the shackles of a British class system, and thus developed a unique Australian society.

The Australian nation has produced a wide range of unique poets, authors, literary legends, artists, scientists and inventors, cultural icons, rebels, heroes and heroines, recreational activities, sports, music, entertainers and characters, colloquialisms, and an identifiable style of language; we have developed a distinct national character and ethos.

Our national identity and culture arose from among those Australians (especially the native-born) who saw this country as their home, loved it as their own, and drew their inspiration from it.

Our unique character further evolved through the people who developed our agriculturally based economy - the drover, the shearer, the itinerant worker, and our pioneer women. Australians fought in two World Wars, struggled through the Depression, and created an open democratic society; a society which, although imperfect, was free from the tyranny of government, censorship of the media, and which gave great freedom - and consequent responsibility - to the individual.

The success of our forebears in laying down the institutional foundation of Australian life is something we can be proud of, and draw guidance from. The centrepiece of their ideals was that this should be a nation free of "old world" social divisions between citizens. Also, no Australian was to be forced to work under pay and conditions enforcing servility or poverty.



AUSTRALIA FIRST

Our culture is rooted in our history. Australia led the way with the secret ballot; the 8 hour day; votes for women; invalid, widow, and old age pensions; strong trade unions; the arbitration system and the basic wage. Our culture embodies the values of egalitarianism and mateship. It rejects excessive authority and believes in a "fair go", admiration for the battler, and a belief in the individual. Nowhere do humans stand smaller than in this wide red land, nowhere is human insignificance so apparent: it was certainly the land and isolation that fashioned mateship through shared adversity in the face of its hardships.

Today, with our population huddled together on our coastal strips, our leaders try to ignore the nature of our land, but we must not. The agricultural disaster area which is the Ord River scheme, the burgeoning tragedy of riverland salinity, algae infestation along the Murray/Darling system, the ecological chaos in the Gippsland Lakes, deforestation, and a hundred other problems, shout aloud our ecological mistakes.

The Aboriginal people treated this land as a being with a spirit. This current generation of Australians must strengthen our understanding of the land, and preserve its soul and spirit for all future generations.

Our culture today emphasises a "balanced" life, free of excessive striving and materialism, and has created an attractive society. As in the USA, Canada, and New Zealand; Australia has incorporated the best features of British Culture - the balance of law, freedom, and order; separation of public service and politics; conflict solving by debate, not by force and insurrection; tolerance; economic opportunity; fortitude in war without militarism; and provision of social services. We have our distinctive art, music, theatre, literature, sport, and film; with achievements in science, medicine, and social welfare; and a unique quality of life.



SHE'LL BE RIGHT, MATE

Some of our cultural values, such as the apathy of "she'll be right, mate", are now working to our destruction, as the Government, media, ethnic lobbies, and business lobbies, motivated by self-interest and misguided humanitarianism, work unopposed against the best interests of the Australian nation. The "Australian Cringe" should be a concept of the past. We do not need to look beyond our shores to solve our problems, be it educational or economic: let us look to ourselves and our own resources.

Our culture and its values need support. Destroy a culture and you destroy a people. This is well known to Australians who have seen the near destruction of Aboriginal culture. We cannot undo history, but we can learn from it.



ONE CULTURE OR MULTICULTURALISM?

Today "our" Government is telling us that this nation is to have a new culture: institutionalised multiculturalism. Immigrants are no longer encouraged to join the mainstream of Australian culture. Our culture, like all others, has weaknesses and failings, but this only means we should work towards resolving these deficiencies - not destroying or replacing this tried and tested set of beliefs with a system of multiculturalism which has so clearly and violently failed wherever in the world it has been tried, such as in the U.S.S.R., Ireland, Lebanon, Fiji, Uganda, Singapore, Israel, the U.K, India, Spain, Sri Lanka, Yugoslavia, and the U.S.A.

Multiculturalism always produces a situation where group "rights" will conflict with individual rights. Multiculturalism is making us into a colony of all nations, rather than providing us with a sense of community. Why should people co-operate and accept sacrifices for the larger community good if they do not feel a part of such a community? Very few Australians support the idea of deliberate multiculturalism. The survey done by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in 1988 showed that neither the Australian mainstream, nor migrants, want this policy, but their wishes have been ignored. In practice, multiculturalism exacts the greatest adjustments from the least privileged. The middle-class can choose their neighbourhoods. The poor, who have the least choice in housing, jobs, schools, and social welfare, must live with the changes wished upon them. The tensions thus created, and the loss of cultural identity, are problems which are remote from the experience of the pro-immigration lobbyists and the Canberra-based politicians.

One hundred years ago our forebears resisted the concept that Australia was only a new (inferior) version of England. Now the "cultural cringe" has surfaced again - with the cry "Australia is a part of Asia"; yet Australia is no more a part of Asia than Africa is a part of Europe - historically, geographically, and culturally we are unique. Let us not lose our European identity in the rush for trade and tourism - and let us teach these facts to all Australians.

The Australian people have slowly grown to understand and love this country - our home - and we all have a responsibility to preserve it. We also have the right to maintain our way of life - our culture - without its government-induced destruction via mass immigration and institutionalised multiculturalism.




Mass Immigration: Undermining Australia's Way of Life

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