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January 27, 2009

End racist violence -ban Australia Day?

Filed under: race relations — Nayano @ 7:41 am
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Since reading the reports of racially-motivated rioting that happened yesterday I am wondering if we should abolish Australia Day altogether. Mick Dodson, since Australian of the Year yesterday, has revived the debate about when we should celebrate Australia Day. ‘Australian of Year Dodson wants a new day’.

But now, The Australian, in an article titled Racist violence on Australia Day,  published the following

“In the Sydney suburb of Manly, hundreds of youths draped in “Aussie pride” livery wore slogans declaring “f–k off we’re full” as they smashed car windows and ran up the famous Corso targeting non-white shop keepers

A 18-year-old Asian female in one of the cars was showered with shattered glass, giving her numerous cuts to her arms. She was treated on the scene by ambulance officers.
A taxi driven by a Sikh Indian was also targeted while an Asian shopkeeper was reportedly assaulted.
Groups of men jumped up on cars chanting race hate to the terrified passengers within, and were heard singing “tits out for the boys” at passing girls and yelled “lets go f–k with these Lebs”.

At least three other locations in New South Wales have reported similar ‘celebrations’.

I guess that the anti-immigration lobby will use this as ‘evidence’ that we are receiving too many immigrants, or too fast, or ‘not like us’ – but I wonder if stirring up the patriotic, jingoistic spirit is to blame.

Australians never took themselves so seriously – and Australia Day used to pass with no more than a day off – and no racism.

Should we abolish the day altogether?

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6 Comments »

  1. This will just get worse year after year I reckon.

    Comment by Deniss — January 27, 2009 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

    • I agree, especially if the economy worsens, and people turn anxiety into aggression.
      Someone suggested a new flag might help – but the old one would likely then become even more of a rallying point.
      Thanks for your comment!

      Comment by nayano — January 30, 2009 @ 7:13 am | Reply

  2. Comments about getting rid of the Australia Day and events of anti-migrants in Sydney are bad ofcourse but they can also provoke discussions. Well the “riots” in Sydney obviously tells the government that more need to be done to promote multiculturalism and racial harmony especially during an economic crisis. Australians need to understand that in today’s globalised world, we cannot keep thinking that Australia is completely “white”! What would we say if Asian countries ask the millions of expat Aussies in their countries to get out cause they are “too many of them”!

    For the critics that the country is “over run” by migrants: demographic trend analysis would show that this will never happen. So I say, “Don’t over it…. and get off your butts to get to work instead of living off the dole! Most migrants don’t have social benefits in their first two years!”

    I think that Australia Day should remain to remember that arrival of the first Europeans to the country. Ofcourse indigenous people find this day troubling and non celebratory. We need this day to educate the young of what really happen during that day. However we should also have another day like in May to celebrate the inclusion indigenous Australian. Well I think we should sit tight for the time being and have all the discussions and to educate the young…. and when the Queen is no longer our head of State, then we should celebrate it as the Republic Day of Australia for all Australians.

    Comment by Raj — January 27, 2009 @ 1:51 pm | Reply

  3. No, I don’t believe we should ban Australia Day at all.

    Comment by whatsyrproblem — January 27, 2009 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

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