I call myself an Australian

Reblogged from gimpled -a thirty day project connecting life with thoughts with words (with insomnia)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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My parents arrived in this country on a boat, and yet I call myself an Australian.

As a disabled woman, I am in a minority group, yet I call myself an Australian.

But according to racist pages promoting a new rally – the ‘Reclaim Australia Rally’ – ‘patriotic Australians’ need to stand together and stop the minorities from changing our country. They’re marching in April to tell the rest of Australia that they don’t want halal certification, burqas and the teaching of Islam in government schools. In short, they don’t want Muslims in our country, and they don’t want our country to change to suit them.

3,306 likes in Perth, and another 500 or so in Bunbury. One in almost every state. It saddens me, because this is the message to anyone who is different – ‘we will not tolerate diversity’.

My parents arrived on the ‘right kind of boat’. They were ten pound Poms, and my father was skilled and the right shade of white. He was Dutch, and his peers were self described ‘wogs’ and ‘dings’ – people from Italy or Greece or Malta, paid to come to this country under the Skilled Migrant program. Nowadays, being of Italian or Greek descent is unremarkable – but all the kids with salami sandwiches, back in the day, were teased relentlessly. I’m a first generation migrant, but nobody ever told me to go away because my very British mother bought Polo mints and held tea parties. No Aboriginal person ever told me that I should leave their country because I was white. Nobody ever told me what I ate or wore or did was wrong, or bad.

We will not tolerate diversity.

‘We don’t want to change the country to accommodate their needs’, they say, and I feel uneasy. Because there is no reason that ‘they’ need halal – but there is also no reason that ‘they’ need steps, no reason they need to adjust their teaching in schools to accommodate differences. There is no reason ‘they’ should make things accessible and available to others, because we are a minority. Yet we disabled people lobby for change – change for a minority group. We will only ever be 20 percent of the population. Why should ‘they’ tolerate us and not them? Why should ‘they’ change? Why should ‘they’ tolerate difference, let alone embrace and welcome it?

‘They’ – the intolerant – are not just the rednecks from down the street. Facebook has a neat way of throwing up an algorithm that allows you to see the comments from your friends first. From the ‘Reclaim Australia – Perth’ page, a comment by one of our former Scout parents, a staunch Christian woman –

‘Putting one or two or fifty in prison doesn’t prevent their being replaced. They have to be removed from the country, every Islamic man, woman and child. As long as one Muslim remains there will be someone with intent on seeking the Islamic state agenda.’


And these views, from others –

‘Islam is islam, the quran is the quran. No such thing as moderate Muslim.’

‘That is true, and only because the tenets of islam teach them to do these very things! The fact that the majority of muslims choose not to openly engage in jihad against non-believers, simply means they are not good muslims. Those who do engage in jihad are the ones who follow the qur’an and hadiths very closely.’

And I think about my yesterday afternoon, which was spent with my friend and her mother. She always feeds me too much and I regard her as my own mother. We talked about each having six children (she with four girls, me with four boys) and breastfeeding and how wonderfully hot the weather was. I told her that I couldn’t wear a hijab and long sleeves, I would roast, and she unbuttoned her dress to show me the light cotton wear underneath. I would still roast, I told her, and she smiled. Family talk, more offers of baklava, and I went home, and slept, and woke to these posts.

I spent my yesterday morning talking to people, including an Aboriginal artist who chatted easily with me about country, and his mob and mine, and painting styles and cultural traditions in Aboriginal art. I’m as white as the driven snow, but I’m still accepted as Australian by our Aboriginal brothers and sisters, the original owners of this land. We invaded this country, and brought our culture with us – my culture included, there is a fish and chip shop on every corner, teapots in every store. I went to my friend’s house, then home to sleep, and woke to these posts.

I am almost in tears.

They horrify me, those posts, the idea of a rally against difference. This is not the Australia I was born into. This is not the Australia I signed up for. I believe in an Australia where you can embrace diversity and still be a patriot. An Australia where it does not matter what other people wear and what they eat.

A few months ago, there was a campaign to boycott Vegemite on the premise that it has halal certification. I forwarded the comments to Vegemite, including the accusations that they were ‘funding terrorism’. They emailed me back. So the last word on this, for me, goes to Vegemite, who state that they are against racism and bigotry and disrespect. For me, THAT is Australian.

Vegemite’s response re halal certification, 2014:

The AFIC symbol has been present on some of our products, including Vegemite, for some time now and we are proud to make products that can be enjoyed by people of different backgrounds, beliefs and ethnicity. We are also proud of locally manufacturing our products, many of which are exported to markets throughout South East Asia. Our export sales are an essential part of business, and crucial to preserving investment and employment at our manufacturing sites in Australia.

One of the main reasons for the AFIC Halal symbol on our packaging is to assist people of Muslim faith, both here in Australia and across our export markets, to identify our products as including ingredients that meet their consumption requirements.
Further, we wish to advise the Vegemite formulation has not altered nor does the product contain any ingredients from animals. Halal certification warrants that, in accordance with Islamic law, the yeast has been processed to ensure the product is alcohol free.

The inclusion of the AFIC Halal symbol is not intended to offend any member of the public of any cultural or religious belief. We do not believe that it promotes one religion over another rather it simply provides people of Muslim faith with information about the food choices they make. Following other consumer inquiries, we have written formally to the AFIC in order to seek clarification on its business activities. In response, the AFIC provided us with verbal and written assurances that it is not engaged in unlawful activities. As such, we have confidence in AFIC as a reputable organisation. We pay a blanket administration fee that covers the certification of a number of our products. This cost is not a tax and is not attributed to a particular product or brand, therefore consumers don’t pay more for a Halal certified product versus a non-certified product.

As a business, we are founded upon values of integrity and respect and take a strong stance against any individual or campaign promoting racism, bigotry and disrespect.

We hope this addresses your questions and any concerns you might have. We produce products that bring joy and pleasure to millions of people across the world every day, and we look forward to continuing this tradition.

Posted by Sam Connor at 4:02 PM

Australians Still Fear Hapless Asylum Seekers

#auspol #ausmedia #racism #asylumseekers

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Mick Kirton: “should have blown them out the water (sic)”

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Brock Hardman: “The shifty parasites deserve to rot in Indonesia”

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Sean Frazer: “…read our immigration act your wrong (sic) the method people smugglers use is illegal entry”


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Andrew Bolton: “booo hooo wooo cry to some one (sic) who cares. If you werent (sic) illegal and testing our board protection (WTF?) then I might care Until (sic) then go back and come in the correct way we dont (sic) need anyymore (sic) taxi drivers we have enough (sic).”

'Board Protection'

‘Board Protection’

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Adam Doig: “the only mistake is they missed when firing warning shots need (sic) to practice on there (sic) accuracy”

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Just Another Australian Nazi With A History of Law-Breaking



Yep – you read that right. ‘General Manager at Auswitz: making the world pretty’.



(88 = HH – ‘Heil Hitler’)


Racist Vandalism Disfigures Fingal Cemetery

Racist vandalism disfigures Fingal cemetery

Nikki Todd   |  12:01am March 8, 2012

Kerrie Green, Sharon Phillips and Leweena Williams can’t believe the desecration at Fingal Head cemetary. Pic: Scott Fletcher

VANDALS have attacked the Aboriginal community’s 150-year-old cemetery at Fingal Head, smashing graves and painting racist slogans across the site.

The cemetery is the only indigenous graveyard in Tweed Shire and the final resting place for more than 100 Aboriginal and Islander residents, including the revered elder Caomoi — one of the last nominal kings of the Tweed Coast — and his son Churaki.

The destruction, believed to have occurred between 7.30am and 9am on Tuesday, included the smashing of a porcelain photograph on the grave of Clarence Langus Phillips, who has many descendants still living at Fingal.

Racist slogans including a swastika and the words “white power” and “KKK” — the abbreviation for white supremacist group the Klu Klux Klan — were also painted on a monument wall at the cemetery.

The vandalism has shocked and disgusted the tight-knit Fingal community, scores of whom visited the site yesterday in a show of support against the attack.

“It is wrong,” said Sharon Phillips, whose father’s grave was smashed.

“This is where all of our ancestors live. I can tell you there are 14 of us Phillips all up in arms about this and it is not just us, folks from the whole community are here to support us.”

Kevin Slabb, whose siblings are buried in the cemetery, said he was shocked by the incident.

“This is out of character with Fingal people,” Mr Slabb said.

“I’ve lived here all my life and I don’t think anybody who lives here and knows the people would do this.

“The indigenous and non-indigenous people here have always connected well.”

Fingal Head Community Association president Dawn Walker said residents were deeply concerned.

“I can’t believe that in a peaceful and cohesive community like Fingal we would have to experience this form of imported and ugly racism,” Ms Walker said.

“The wider community has come out today to say we will not tolerate this sort of racist vandalism.”

As Tweed Shire Council workers began cleaning the graffiti, police were canvassing the area for potential witnesses.

“We are taking this very seriously,” said Tweed Byron LAC Police Inspector Gary Cowan.

“I just can’t understand why someone would do that to a grave site. We are throwing all available resources at it to try and get the result we need.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Tweed police on 5536 0999.


Bogans Fight At Aussie Skatepark


What’s worse? The drunken, shirtless bogan trying to fight a bunch of teenagers in front of underage skaters? Or the mob of teenagers who take advantage of his inebriation and then throw a skateboard at him, narrowly missing a 5 year old girl and her mother? Or is it that mother who drags that very 5 year old girl into the very center of serious brawling?

Fuck the lot of them.

Imagine A World Without Fuckhead Racists…

Oooh I like what you’ve done here, Simon. You’ve combined your insensitivity for the Jewish people killed in the holocaust with your hatred of Aboriginal people and a John Lennon song that completely contradicts your mindless, hateful way of thinking.

One day, possibly several decades away in the future, you will be dead. And the world will be a better place.

How To Be Australian: by (name removed)

Attention non-whites and new arrivals! Acclaimed academic and sociologist (name removed) has defined just how to fit into Australian society for you! No more wasting your time on holding on to any of your inferior cultures, no. Buy (name removed)’s book today and find out just how to act in order to be a real Australian, short of having white skin of course.

Note: This list was created in response to the Cronulla riots apparently. Somehow. No, we’re not really sure what the relevance is either… But read on:

  • ‘u (sic) can speak english (sic)’: As long as it’s poorly spelled, and omits basic grammar functions and punctuation, you’ll be accepted. Don’t dare use capital letters or words longer than two syllables though – that’s highly unAustralian;
  • ‘you don’t walk around in mobs’: Only white Anglo Aussies are allowed to walk around with their male friends wolf whistling females and shouting abuse at non-whites;
  • ‘your race aren’t all generally bad at the same thing… e.g. drivin (sic).. everyone knows who that is’: Yeah… Stupid poor driving Swedes. Jeez they’re so unAustralian. They don’t know how to drive at all. Good drivers will buy bogan V8 utes, drop them on cheap rims, amplify their exhausts and sit a few small metres from the tail of your car in both high and low speed zones, swerving maniacally in and out of lanes in order to save a few minutes off their trip;
  • ‘don’t smell like arse’: If you want to be considered Australian, you can’t smell like arse, but it’s perfectly acceptable to fucking reek of sweat and B.O after a long day working as any number of things – plumbers, carpenters, painters, bus drivers, shelve packers, brickies etc. These proud Australians don’t bother showering, nor do they bother with deodorant. Deodorant is for sheilas;
  • ‘use normal toilets’: Such as taking a dump in a hotel corridor or pissing up against anything public and sturdy, such as pub walls or trees in children’s playgrounds;
  • ‘don’t partake in honour killings’: Unless you are a member of the Bra Boys, or the Williams/Moran family, or a bikie. Then it is completely acceptable;
  • ‘don’t sniff petrol’: Well this is just obvious. As if anyone with a job and self respect would do something like this. As if anyone who had lived a life where their parents or grandparents hadn’t been killed or forcibly removed from the families or been the victims of extreme independent and institutionalised racism would ever act in such a way..;
  • ‘you eat food from your country other than your own’: Sure this doesn’t make grammatical sense, but it’s obvious what point is trying to be portrayed here – eat a strict diet of lamingtons, pavlova and ANZAC biscuits or get the fuck out of the country. They are the only foods to have been developed in Australia, and it’s completely unAustralian to eat anything other than these staples;
  • ‘you can wear a bluey and not look like a faggot’: Because when you try and go for that mining/construction look by donning a wool/felt jacket, you’re not being pretentious at all. And as a rule of thumb – never be gay. It’s completely unAustralian.
  • ‘you drink a bloody beer’: But remember – it’s completely unAustralian not to have at least fifteen and then go home and beat your wife and piss on the lounge.