Do you think the Aborigines,the Maori and the American Indians were happy about British immigration into their countries? The difference between those indigenous cultures and ours in Australia and New Zealand is that the power is in our hands. Unlike those cultures we can limit who we let into our country and prevent them from becoming the dominant culture.
Australia is an immigrant country but its blend of cultures up until now have assimilated to the dominant Australian culture. They share many values and believe in democracy and equal rights. Even though Australia does not face the same issues as Europe our nearest neighbour is already extremely worried as this latest poll shows.
…poll showing almost half of all Australians want a ban on Muslim immigrants.
Forty-nine per cent of people surveyed in an Essential poll agreed that Muslims should be blocked from the country while 40 per cent disagreed with the idea. There was 60 per cent support for the ban among coalition voters, 40 per cent from Labor and a surprising 34 per cent from Greens voters.
More than a third felt Muslims did not integrate into Australian society as their main reason for supporting a ban, with some citing concerns about terrorism and lack of uptake of Australian values, the poll showed.