77%. One in five. 6.5 per cent. Over 40 per cent. 87 per cent. 85 per cent. 11 per cent. $2 billion. Forty per cent. One in 10…
Australians are racist, say Australians // Australians struggling with multiculturalism
June 24, 2009
AUSTRALIANS are in two minds about multiculturalism, a long-term survey has found.
They believe cultural diversity is good for the country but they’re worried that cultural differences will stop everyone from getting along.
An 11-year study by a collaboration of Australian universities has found 85 per cent of Australians acknowledge racial prejudice occurs in the nation and one in five has been a victim of racist verbal abuse.
The study found that 6.5 per cent of the 16,000 Australians surveyed were against multiculturalism.
Professor Kevin Dunn, from the University of Western Sydney’s school of social science, said the study revealed that the majority of Australians are pro-multiculturalism but are anxious that the diversity will not be managed well.
“Over 40 per cent of those surveyed feel that cultural differences pose a threat to societal harmony,” he said.
“So if you take that alongside the 87 per cent that are pro-multiculturalism, clearly you’ve got a third of the nation that tolerate cultural diversity but are concerned at the impact it will have on society.
“The Cronulla riots and the recent attacks on people of Indian descent are an example of this.
“The figures show that 85 per cent of Australia acknowledge there is racial prejudice in the country.”
Prof Dunn believes previous governments have done nothing to address the issue for the past decade, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma spending only part of his time dealing with race discrimination.
“For the last decade, the government hasn’t appointed a full-time Race Discrimination Commissioner,” Prof Dunn said.
“Because of the severe underfunding of the commission, they’re just unable to offer the sorts of services required.”
The survey also found that at least one in five Australians experience verbal abuse such as offensive slang names for different cultural groups, or swearing and offensive gestures, while 11 per cent feel they don’t belong or are inferior.
PM KRudd says ‘sorry India, but if you think Australia is racist, you’re wrong’…
Australia isn’t racist, KRudd tells India
June 1, 2009
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has moved to reassure New Delhi that Australia isn’t a racist nation, as attacks against Indian students threaten to disrupt relations between the two countries.
The violence has made headlines around the world and India has warned it could jeopardise Australia’s lucrative education sector, which earns $2 billion annually from Indian students…
The latest reportage on Professor Kevin Dunn’s research follows on from earlier reports in September 2008. The title of the project — curiously absent from the AAP story — is ‘Challenging Racism: The Anti-Racism Research Project’. By a very small margin and on a geographical basis, Perth residents are supposedly the most ‘racist’. However, ‘Lead researcher Kevin Dunn from the University of Western Sydney says while there were differences between the states, the greatest difference in attitudes was between generations. “Older Australians – not all older Australians – but in general are more intolerant and younger Australians much more tolerant,” he said’ (Perth people ‘more racist’ than others, ABC, June 26, 2009). With some exceptions: see : Southern Cross Soldiers can has manifesto., March 19, 2009.
On a final and related, superbly bizarro note, in Calgary anti-racist activists belonging to ARA Calgary have so incensed local boneheads the little darlings have sprayed nonsense on their walls: “A black swastika was found spray-painted on the front window of the couple’s home. Their front door was spray-painted red with the symbol “C-18,” which stands for Combat 18 and refers to the armed wing of a British neo-Nazi group” (Swastika sprayed on home of anti-racism activists, Tarina White, Edmonton Sun, June 28, 2009). Whether or not the cretins in Calgary were inspired by the boofheads in Belfast to daub C18 on the door is unknown.
Oh yeah: over six years after George II declared that the Coalition of the Killing had secured a magnificent victory in Iraq, the forces of victory are leaving the country, now a workers’ paradise just like Australia.
Come July 1, most American combat troops remaining in the cities will become trainers. In some cases that will be nothing more than a semantic dodge. For the most part, it really will be happening, and many Iraqi troops will indeed be on their own by Wednesday.
Except, that is, for their embedded trainers and advisers, who will be fairly numerous — at least 10,000 now, according to military estimates, rising to 35,000 to 50,000 by the high point, according to a Congressional Research Service report last month. In addition, each team will need force protection — that is, other American troops to guard the trainers, mostly from Iraqis they’re teamed with. They will number from 10 to 20 per team of trainers. The fear of fragging is so strong that most trainers live in compounds fortified against the people they’re training, a sort of American fort within the Iraqi fort…