In short, the answer is yes, but you probably think I’m talking about the Asylum class Tourists taking advantage of our open borders, and mostly I’m not. While I believe a Coalition Government will take more serious steps to stop boat arrivals, and there are many things that can be done in that area, what I really mean is Immigration in general.
We are all immigrants or the descendants of immigrants, aboriginies included. Australia has benefitted from hard working people from all over the world, particularly since WWII – people who came here to start a new life for themselves, and expected to do so through their own efforts. However, many who’ve arrived since the early 70s and especially in the last 20 years or so, have not equalled the contribution made by earlier arrivals, or integrated quite as well, sometimes not at all!
A lot of the problems relate to the Multicultural policies of successive Governments, but that aspect is an explanation for another day. The problems may be seen across Australia, especially in Sydney, to a lesser degree in Melbourne and other capitals, but almost not at all in rural areas. The almost non-existence of immigration issues in Rural Australia shouldn’t be a surprise, as the troublemakers almost exclusively congregate in urban areas. This problem began with the Whitlam government in the 70s, but Coalition governments have failed to correct matters – probably through fear of unfounded slurs such as, “Racist”. Might this new Coalition government be different?
Political correctness is always in the way like the cover-up of all cover-ups, but one doesn’t need to look very hard to see huge issues facing us socially as a result of foolish immigration decisions. In fact one doesn’t even need to look locally. Just look at any number of European countries for a peek at our future – the huge social turmoil, crime and levels of violence that inappropriate, ‘do gooder’, immigration has created there.
Australians, some at least, have this ridiculous notion that we are somehow different and that the immigrants who come here are somehow different to those destroying other 21st century Nations – the only difference is the current proportion of troublemakers within our population, compared to overseas.
Without change, it’s all just a matter of time, but already, even with numbers as they are, there have been all manner of multiple calls for special treatment and no shortage of those making their desire for control very clear.
Sadly, politicians are eager to listen and pander to these people – it’s all about votes. If you’re in Sydney, you may already be familiar with the backgrounds of those involved in almost all the shootings, car-jackings, ATM ram raids, car-rebirthing, drugs, take-over of bikie gangs, violent protests, attempted terrorism – of course that’s just a sample of the issue as it relates to just some of the crimes. There are much more complex deeply entrenched matters that will not be addressed by police or other areas of justice and law enforcement – I have long argued inappropriate policies regarding immigration have delivered us the greatest social problem we face, but who will start to sort through this?
As recently as the last few days there have been those within the Coalition speaking out about the ‘bleeding obvious’. Usually something is said, it’s reported in the media, and then there is the plausible denial – it was “taken out of context” or “no, that’s not my position”, or words to that effect. But it’s there in the Coalition and it goes beyond the words of a few candidates now and at the last election. There are those in the Coalition already in the Parliament both Federally and in NSW who acknowledge these matters. The next PM, Tony Abbott, knows there is a problem and there are many closely connected to Tony who will agitate to address what’s so clearly occurring – I’m not suggesting I am one of those close people by the way. This next government is perhaps the first chance since the end of the Whitlam era for positive changes to be put into effect – it wasn’t something John Howard could do and it isn’t anything Labor would ever do, but the influences on and within this next government are different to those that have come before. It’s important to understand that no matter how a politician feels about an issue, the greatest deciding factor causing inaction, is the prospect of losing votes, or the appearance of same.
Therein lies the potential impediment to any significant change to immigration, or any policy. Regardless of the noise and threats they make, politicians must not be put off by the position of those who don’t vote for them and never will vote for them – one cannot lose a vote one doesn’t have and aren’t going to get. As simple as this seems, many politicians think they have support where they don’t, and are often guided by those against them rather than those who are for them – there are many people who cannot be won over – trying usually means the stymying of good policy. If this seems ruthless, think of it this way – criminals, their supporters and those who defend them, don’t like changes that make it easier to catch them! Would you let crims and their chums guide such decisions – sadly, some do! So, shortly we’ll be in the hands of a new government – will they Act on Immigration problems?
With all of the above in mind, I’m hopeful, over time, they’ll overhaul Immigration in its entirety.