Tuesday, December 12, 2006

oh dear...

He's at it again. From Migrants need to learn mateship: PM in the Sydney Morning Herald:

A new citizenship test for migrants is not a step towards reintroducing a racially discriminatory immigration policy, Prime Minister John Howard says.

Mr Howard has announced migrants wanting to become Australian citizens will need to sit English exams and pass multiple-choice tests on Australian society.

The 30 test questions, drawn from a pool of 200, will cover topics such as history, system of government, sporting traditions and mateship.

To me, this reeks of reactionary nationalism. You can't bloody-well test for "mateship" (however the hell you define it). Surely this is self-defeating? The whole point of Australia's supposed ethos -- the thing that Howard believes makes Australia so damn great -- is that people can be whoever the hell they want (provided they don't harm others etc etc). This is like saying "we're going to force you to be who you want to be."

Or something.

Isn't forcing values onto people defeating the whole point? That's what I'm trying to say, I think.

You will embrace Australian values (whatver they happen to be; we'll let you know when we've finalised them) and you WILL ENJOY YOUR LIFE AS AN (Anglo married-with-two-kids) AUSTRALIAN.

Howard also says:

You say 'How do you test it?'. Well, I'm not going to start canvassing what the test is."




Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Johnny and think that SW should also undergo the test when coming back to live in Melbourne - to make sure he has not lost mateyness while OS. Cancer of the mate is v dangerous and might spread.


1:30 pm  
Blogger Henry Bateman said...

Little johnny is stuck in the 50's with the "great" Pig Iron Bob as his mentor, guide and all round guiding light. So who is surprised that he would introduce the White Australia policy albeit with a new name. Remember Tampa?

8:44 am  
Blogger secret wombat said...

True, no surprise - just the ever-more frequent sighing and swearing...

6:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm concerned that when you start talking "values" it's hard to define what that means.

Does this mean that homosexuals, Muslims, Buddhists, Non-cricket watching people, anti war types, pro choicers etc won't be allowed in the country?

I think if they do this then they should do a cricket bowling test - if you can't bowl the ball to the other end then you're out... oh hang on... Little Johnny would have to leave.

11:36 am  
Blogger For Hanneyites said...

Well you mob!Just what is expected from little honest John...He has to come up with something to ally the fears of the decendants of "The yellow horde is upon us" What better then to make sure all those foriegn looking bastards end up at least thinking like the "Kingswood country"mob of yesteryear, even if they dont like Holdens! Come to think of it perhaps that could be number one...You must own a Holden!to enter the kingdom of?
Heres me living in Pasig city and nery a Holden to be seen, just shows; me wife and kids wont make true upstanding arrogant citizens down under.Personally I dont know why we dont just ship the lot to Saddams birthplace! The polly`s I mean not the bloody foriegners.

12:16 pm  

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