Hey Kerry!PilbaraBass wrote: ↑20 Jul 2018, 12:02
I will challenge you on the 3.3% vs 35.5% "Australian" comment... 3% of the population is Aboriginal... does that mean only 0.3% of the population can't trace their heritage back more than a few generations?
Generally, once you go back more than a generation (and sometimes less), the mix of heritage steps in... Would my children consider themselves, Australian or American (they consider themselves Australian, even though I'm American, as my wife is "Australian" and they were born here... My wife certainly has no clue as to what her heritage is, although it is likely European of some form, but where?
As far as the "war debt" thing... Australia is a sovereign nation... (well should be if they dumped the outmoded crown thing) ... Australia if free to choose however they want to go ...
Personally, I have absolutely NO qualms about muslim, hindu, christian, agnostic, atheist, or any other nation coming in to settle. We have requirements, they abide by them, that's all that I'm concerned with. Sure, there's a large faction who don't "like" the muslims coming in... but, in terms of human rights and Australian law, they are entitled to opinion and little else. Sure, muslim culture impacts "Australian" culture... but what IS Australian culture? ... Didn't the Brits and other nations dramatically change the original Australian culture?
"Culture" is a fluid thing... it changes CONTINUALLY...
I got a figure of 3.5% Aboriginal when I looked it up. My comment was semi tongue in cheek.
My point was that 35.5% (presumably less the Aboriginal people) don't understand ancestry or were being difficult. I take you to be saying they mightn't know. Maybe...?
I am serious about the war debt comment, though. Australia gets away with paying less IMHO than it would have, had we not followed the US into every war I can remember. We are free to choose, I suppose. We chose to pay less for our defence and spend the lives our our young people instead. Only most people don't know that we chose.
Cultures are in constant state of flux and , unfortunately, conflict.