Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Place of Birth: Australia. Homeland: Korea.

Right now there is an appeal seeking to have Australian citizens recognised by birth right.
Naively, I thought that if you were born in a country it became your homeland. I think most reasonable people would assume the same.
"The law says a child is recognised as a citizen if either of his or her parents is an Australian resident or citizen, according to an amendment to the Australian Citizenship Act in 1986."
"If we win it will backdate the law to before 1986. There would have been thousands of cases of foreign nationals who would have departed or [been] forcefully deported within that time. US, Canada, and New Zealand have no problem declaring everyone born in their country to be a citizen."
- Michaela Byers, Lawyer.
What's the problem here? Is the government worried that people will give birth in Australia to claim the Maternity Payment which is currently $3079 per child?
Are they worried about too many children? Was the treasurer referring to bi-cultural or Asian or Muslim families when he said:
"You should have one for the father, one for the mother and one for the country. If you want to fix the ageing demographic, that's what you do."
Or is this just another sinister, thinly veiled racist policy enforcement from this government through DIMIA?

Images from here


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You 'comment' is so far up is own butt (or your intellect) as to make no sense at all.

Do you support the idea?
Or do you reject it. That simple message is not clear from your text.

I'm no expert, but I thought a 'blog' was supposed to say something!


2:22 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Not only are you 'no expert', you also can't read.
If you could you would see that Suki has an opinion would be a clue for you.
While you are on your steep learning curve let me tell you that blogs can be anything the owner desires.
As for SHAO, I have no interest in your approval.
I am however interested in cogent, intelligent comments.
Feel free to aspire to that...

7:52 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

Suki made shitloads more sense than you did Peter. If you're going to accuse someone of incoherence, at least you could be coherent doing so!

7:53 pm  
Blogger Brownie said...

I'm with Suki. We just have to keep fucking till we're all the same colour.

11:12 pm  

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