ironically, multicultural policies were adopted by the then conservative PM malcolm fraser to ensure better assimilation of minorities.
most multicultural policies involved programmes like ESL education for socially isolated and depressed migrant housewives. the underlying thought behind the policy being, 'white australia isn't acutally working, let's spend govt money to help them actually integrate and become australians'. a guy called mark lopez wrote a tome on it.
but as matt indicates, howard is more interested in using race as a weapon to galvanise the.... "less thoughtful" australian behind his party.
The Dudes: "piss"
It's what the punters were singing anyhow.
oh, and andrew, me? "belly laugh", followed by slightly suspicious glance...
rudd should do it.
it'll be a veritable clash of 5'5" titans.
and, belly laughs. but mind you, the guy worked in fitzroy, so it might not have been a representative sample.
The Swingers: "Pounding the Beat"
Reports indicate that an 80s Police publicity campaign was to use the phrase 'Pounding the Beat' before a preference was expressed for 'He ain't Heavy'.
Concerned was voiced at the time by Police Minister Ross Meurant that including the lines "feeling the heat two three four five", and "thinking about you, you think about me, think about you, pounding the beat" were likely to induce an unnecessary level of paranoia in a population already voicing concerns over team policing units.
tom: i didn't say he was talking about australians.
and i agree, they're an insecure bunch. i think it's the whole, "the continent is out to get us thing". living in a place full of poisonous little snakes is bound to do that.
but then, howard should be voted out at the next election.
when i lived in melbourne an english friend stated quite baldly he'd never been to a country with as much visible mental illness as australia.
i laughed. a lot.
when the patience runs out, when someone finally snaps, will that make us all terrorists?
it is with heartfel regret that i say, yes.
ignore last comment re: Christian minorities.
negative comment seems to focus on 'multiculturalism' as the enemy.
an even stronger than usual response in the heat of the day to Australian acts on the main stages, from the retro rock of Wolfmother to the strine-rich hip-hop of Hilltop Hoods.
which goes to show they probably haven't actually listened to what they're cheering for. Hilltop Hoods have a lot of lyrics that could easily read as 'UnAustralian'.
and second, serbs and croats are both Christian nationalities. could we please have someone talking about christian minorities being "a threat to the australian way of life"?