From a reader of our website: My opinion of your group is that it is all crap. Take a look at the Suburbs that have been taken over by Muslims. Do you feel sorry for the genuine Australians that live there and on occasions have been forced to leave?
CLA defends our ‘funny country’ freedoms
From a reader of our website: My opinion of your group is that it is all crap. Take a look at the Suburbs that have been taken over by Muslims. Do you feel sorry for the genuine Australians that live there and on occasions have been forced to leave? It is the only country in the world that would tolerate this. In France Islamic women have been made to remove all head cover when they go in Public. It should also happen here. Take a look at Rockdale and see the Arabic writing on signs in the street. And you people think this is OK do you? Look after true Australians and stop trying to to be heard through the media. (Name withheld at author’s request).
Here is CLA’s response…
Thanks Andrew* for contacting Civil Liberties Australia.
We like to hear people’s views, particularly when they disagree with us…because listening to others with different views is the only way we’ll ever change our own minds. Have you ever changed yours?
Would you mind if I re-wrote the start of your email just a little bit, from the perspective of a descendant of someone living in your Rockdale area, near Botany Bay, when the first Anglo-Saxons with names like yours arrived 200 or so years ago? I assume you are of Anglo-Saxon descent, as your surname indicates?
My opinion of your group is that it is all crap. Take a look at the suburbs that have been taken over by white Anglo-Saxons …Do you feel sorry for the genuine Aboriginal Australians who live there and on occasions have been forced to leave.
Andrew, you can see that it all depends on how far back your memory goes, particulary if you’re an Aboriginal Australian. Why should we stop thinking about who owns what land only since you were born, or maybe your parents or your grandparents were born?
As for me, I can remember clearly when lots of people in Sydney didn’t want “Wogs” (Greeks, ‘Eyeties’, Lebos, whatever) living in “our” suburbs. But now I enjoy Greek food, and Italian very much. Do you?
By the way, the Governor of your state, NSW, is of Lebanese descent: those unwelcomed Lebanese must have learned something since they’ve been here. One of the NSW Ministers is of Armenian descent, another comes from a Greek background. The Premier of NSW, that O’Farrell bloke, is an immigrant – a long time ago from dirt poor Irish stock, but more recently he migrated to NSW from Victoria and the Northern Territory. And the Italians? Well, the NSW Police Commissioner is half-Italian (the other half of him is Irish).
I remember when the Vietnamese boat people came…and we didn’t want them especially because they looked different, particularly around the eyes. But I bet you’ve eaten Vietnamese food in the past year, haven’t you? And that Anh Do bloke, what a great comedian, and actor, and author. Do you know, he’s got a law degree as well? Amazing how well educated some of these migrant people have become.
As for the Chinese, well we haven’t wanted them here for about 150 years, since gold was discovered. We even made rules and wrote our Constitution so that none of those types could get in. Descendants of some of them are now Ministers in the Australian and State Parliaments. Have you been in a Chinese restaurant in the past year? We’re lucky now we have them, because Australian Chinese can help us do business with the new richest country in the world.
As for the Muslim “writings”, I’ll bet there’s lots more Anglo “writings” up on nearby walls and signs in your suburb. That’s the thing about Australia being a free country: other people get to have their say, too. Even us in Civil Liberties Australia, we’re entitled to our opinion, and to express it in public, provided it doesn’t cause riots. We can have our say in the media, just like you can. And the Muslims, Chinese, Italians, them too, they can have their say. Every bugger can.
Funny country where people have freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly, and freedom of choice. They say that’s what our Australian Diggers fought wars for over the past 100 years, those freedoms. Do you have anyone in your family who was a Digger, or is in the military?
Have you heard of any countries recently that haven’t enjoyed those freedoms, like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria. Young people there are desperate, you could even say dying, to try out freedoms and liberties like being able to freely elect their politicians, and to write signs and march in the streets without being shot at or mortared, or hit by tank shells, or bombed.
By the way, I wonder if you’re aware that the law in NSW has just changed. Police and other authorities can now insist a women remove her head covering if removing it is needed for identification reasons. Seems like a reasonable compromise to us. What about you? It would be a shame if we had to stop the mostly-male bike riders wearing helmets if men as well as women had to “remove all head cover” when they go in public. I hope you think men and women should be treated equally.
Do you have any Greek, Italian, Vietnamese or Chinese friends? Do you have any Serb or Croat mates, or Sri Lankan, or Somali, or Afghani? An Aborigine friend? Anyone in your group come from a “different” background? Perhaps you should try to meet some of these people.
You know what? It could be you who’s missing out on opportunities to expand your mind…and some great food. Muslims, for example, are always inviting people to their mosques to share a meal. Go along, give it a try. You might find they are more like you than different from you.
Bill Rowlings, CEO
Civil Liberties Australia
(Name changed to preserve anonymity).