Many Australians are concerned with homeland security and keeping their borders safe from the illegal entry of terrorists. The rejection, by the majority of Australia’s population, of the refugees coming by boat from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sri Lanka and other war torn countries, has a lot to do with the fear of bad people disguising themselves as refugees. Whether this is a valid fear to base the wide scale rejection of these refugees on, when ASIO screens them comprehensively, is neither here nor there, it exists. Australia is very much like an exclusive neighbourhood or slice of paradise; the most recently arrived new residents want to bolt the door shut on anyone else wanting to come.
Keeping Australia Safe
Australia is a multicultural society; but just who has been allowed to come to this island continent nation has been strictly controlled, and continues to be so. People with darker shades of skin were discouraged for years via the White Australia Policy. Early Chinese settlers from the nineteenth century gold rushes were suddenly marooned in Australia toward the end of that century and into the twentieth century, with their extended families denied entry into Australia. The Yellow Peril continued to be bandied about like the boogie man. The immoral and depraved Chinese opium addict corrupting white men and women, was a common theme in the press.
Keeping Australia safe was about keeping Australia white. Western Europeans were allowed mass entry after the World Wars to boost the nation’s population so that it could defend itself and grow economically. Still the darker southern and eastern Europeans had a far harder time of getting in. White was good, white was Christian, white was the opposite of dark – where evil abided, according to our scriptures. Home security experts marched in step with Sunday sermons about the evil of foreign aliens.
It was a surprise when the conservative Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, welcomed the boat peoples from Vietnam and Cambodia to our shores to stay for good. Perhaps, Fraser, who had been the Minister for the Army during the Vietnam conflict, felt some responsibility for the fate of these war benighted people. Sydney suburbs like Cabramatta and Auburn were changed forever, along with dozens of others. Multiculturalism has delivered Australia one of the most diverse and exciting culinary landscapes, especially in the big cities. Many Aussies, however, fear foods and people that are not white bread, especially in regional areas unexposed to migration other than Anglo-Saxon members of the human race. It is a constantly evolving situation.