Then and Now: Australia and Multiculturalism

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In the 80s I remember hearing that while Greek/Italian etc immigration had been okay, these Asians (Cambodian, Vietnamese) were different. They didn’t speak the language, they didn’t want to integrate, they didn’t pay their taxes, they didn’t understand Western values of democracy and free speech.

I left Australia in the early 90s, and have come back periodically. I’m here now on a longer stay, and I hear of the Muslim immigrants (from various countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan) that they don’t speak the language, they don’t want to integrate, they don’t pay their taxes and – most of all – they don’t understand Western values of democracy and free speech.

I think you can see where I am going with this…

Who knows, maybe it IS different this time round. Maybe Islam is Different enough for folks not, in a generation or so, to be changed (diluted?!) by Australia. Maybe I am being complacent, a woolly-liberal unable to see Islam for the Implacable Death Cult that it is (TM Andrw Bolt). But hearing the same arguments from the same people, who seem gloriously unaware that they are repeating those same arguments, make me wonder…

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