Thursday, November 12, 2009
Australia - a short history
Aborigines: "Damn Colonist!"
(Watching Captain Cook claim NSW in 1788)
English: "Bugger, it's Paddy and his leprechauns!"
(Watching the arrival of Irish convicts between 1791-1820)
Whites: "Yellow peril !"
(Following the arrival of Chinese miners in the 1850s)
West Europeans: "Oh my Lord, it's the wogs and Mafia crims here to steal our jobs and wives!"
(Cringing at the arrival of the Italians, Greeks, Poles and Yugoslavs in the 1950s)
All: "It's the bloody boat people !"
(Counting as 100,000 Vietnamese escape communism between 1970s - 1980s)
John Howard: "Stop the Afgans on the MV Tampa and Iraqis sneaking into Australia ! Mandatory detention !"
(John Howard playing on Australians xenophobic sentiment, won the election in 2001)
Kevin Rudd: "It's about people smuggling, like money laundering and drug trafficking. It's not about refugees from war-torn Sri Lanka."
(Rudd Government on the dilemma posed by 78 Tamils on board the Aussie customs ship, the Oceanic Viking, 2009)