Abbott told Radio 2GB recently: “Everyone has got to put this country, its interests, its values and its people first, and you don’t migrate to this country unless you want to join our team”.
In truth, in Australia today, some people are really departing from the core Australian values of humanity, diversity, fair go, liberty and inclusiveness. They are not the values of the well-off, privileged, elite, middle-aged men of Tony Abbott’s Team Australia.
That is coming from Tony Abbott who grew up as an English Catholic migrant in a very Protestant and highly prejudiced Australia. The song ” Catholic dogs stink like frogs” still rings in my ears and I’m sure in his.The state school bullies always challenged us to a fight on the way home from school. We were ‘Micks”and that was enough. Maybe that’s why Abbott took up boxing as a young man in the same way young indigenous and Lebanese men took up the sport. Self-defense or was it to fight his way into some elite Team Australia in his mind?
“Abbott must have known what it was like to have his faith pilloried and made the subject of public scorn. He also felt the pull of political Catholicism in the movement of an Italian migrant named Bartholomew Augustine Santamaria, whose anti-Communist views often translated into divisive positions on domestic and international politics, which many Catholics abhorred. That did not stop Abbott from sitting beside Santamaria’s deathbed during the latter’s final hours.”
The politics of exclusion and marginalization has been historically the core of this country for 200 years. Assimilation is now Abbott’s required path to be recognized as a part of ‘Team Australia’. New arrivals are expected to drop what they can of their foreign dress,customs,food and religions. In the recent past they resisted and were allowed to be themselves. The 70’s and 80’s supported Multiculturalism. Abbott’s family must have been one with their affiliations with Catholicism & DLP. So why is Abbott asking today’s minorities to give up their legal rights as a ticket of entry to some Disney Team Australia?
Abbott’s a Papist not a Protestant the Vatican and Rome came before Australia he hasn’t changed. This applies to 8 other of his cabinet ministers who claim to be practicing Catholics with principles not attuned to the public.. Abbott’s mindset grew out of the DLP a movement accused of siding with dictators and very anti-socialist movements. If for one minute Abbott and his ahistorical advisers gave some consideration to the fact that over 40% of 500k Muslims were born here and had a history in establishing this country. They grew up here and didn’t fly or sail here on a ten pound plan like the Abbotts. Every major wave of Australian migration has included persons of Muslim heritage.They are Australian and were here before he was born. If he ha any intelligence he’d realize there isn’t much Christian about any Team Australia.
Australia was and is a nation of bullies trying to define & protect their turf from anyone they perceive as outsiders. Did anybody see the movie ‘Wake in Fright’ it’s worth seeing and portrays a not too pleasant but realistic view of Australia from a newcomers perspective. This turf protection is usually directed at people sufficiently different in the wrong way and for reasons beyond their control with little tolerance for the difference.
After WW11 Italians, Greeks, Germans, Dutch, Poles and Yugoslavs arrived in their thousands these ‘new Australians’ supplanted the Irish Catholics at the bottom of the ladder where they’d been since colonisation and BW ( before wogs) . They had their own schools, football teams, clubs and moral princiles . Mixed marriages were frowned on and even divided families. Shit if a wealthy protestant girl wed a catholic she was abandoned and the Catholic church did not recognize the marriage. Jobs weren’t equally available to all. Catholics were very much Public Servants whilst Protestants were the Business Barons Squattocracy and politicians. However to the new arrivals anybody who spoke native English was Australian giving young Abbott the opportunity to rise above these traditional prejudices.
” By the ’90s, European migrants had moved up a rung, as Vietnamese and Lebanese refugees took their place. Irish Catholics, astonishingly, had reached the apex of power: Paul Keating as prime minister, William Deane was governor-general and Gerard Brennan was chief justice of the High Court. Around then the term “Anglo-Celtic” became common, conferring a retrospective respectability on the once-despised Bog Irish”
“But as historian Patrick O’Farrell warns us, ‘Anglo-Celtic is “a grossly misleading, false and patronising convenience, one crassly present-oriented. Its use removes from consciousness and recognition a major conflict fundamental to any comprehension not only of Australian history but of our present core culture.”
The idealized culture that Abbott insists exists and all migrants should strive to be part of if they want to live here his Team Australia is an idealization of some monocultured Australia of the past. The only reason the division between Catholicism and Protentism deminished was because of the influx of migrants and multiculturalism. The Knights Dames & the Union Jack are a core part of Abbott’s dream his fantasy of joining the elite,it’s so Camelot. Only by acknowledging previous inequities can we hope to understand the current hierarchies, and engage usefully with contemporary issues such as today’s intolerance towards the current influx of Lebanese, Afghan,Sudanese and other new Muslim arrivals. To deny these conditions is to deny Australia.
“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”said George Bernard Shaw. Team Australia means Team Anglo- Celtic .Anglo-Celtic has become a glib collective term for Old Australia — a polite way of saying White Australia BW ‘before the wogs’.
In truth, however, in Australia today, the people who are really departing from the core Australian values of humanity, diversity, fair go, liberty and inclusiveness that multicultural policies represented are the well-off, privileged, elite, middle-aged men of Tony Abbott’s cabinet. Who want us to be more like them. Maybe they can run a Top of the the Town Festival to show Lakemba how it’s done.
JOIN OUR TEAM MR ABBOTT WE ARE AUSTRALIAN