By P. Ayyagari
7 August 2018
In response to Andrew Bolt’s inflammatory article in the Daily Telegraph on Thursday 2nd August 2018 titled “Foreign Invasion”, I would like to make a few comments to dispel some of the distorted and biased opinions.
First some statistics as per 2016 Census data:
Yes, Australia is diverse and very multicultural. However, the above statistics do not support the headlines “Foreign Invasion” of Mr Bolt’s article.
Mr Bolt has conveniently ignored to mention the myriad of benefits that migrants bring to the country, particularly to Regional Australia.
Statistics can be skewed to either raise fears or show the benefits. Mr Bolt has used the statistics to bring divisions where there are none.
Mr Bolt’s article may attract the attention of a minority of readers, including some older Australians, but I can confidently say younger Aussies reject these views – because they are growing up alongside with a diverse range of children and their lunch boxes. Mr Bolt talks about Australian Values; one of them is “a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play, compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good” (www.homeaffairs.gov.au). I challenge which one of those values is Mr Bolt’s article promoting? In contrast, Migrants bring ALL those values into play daily and are resoundingly contributing for the public good.
I say – “We are One, but we are Many… I Am, You Are, We Are Australian”
With Love and Respect.
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