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The thing with 'values' is everyone's are different.

I think I am Aussie as, I drink beer, fart, swear a lot and like a bit of footy. Not too much mind, that's delving into yobbo territory. (Note to self, is a yobbo more or less Aussie than me? Tough question.)

But I gotta say. Malcolms 'values' or dog forbid, Dutton's are fucking polar opposite to mine. I care about people. Dutton especially is just a racist arsehole and Turnbull really only cares about one thing, himself.

So this idea of their 'values' is simply nationalism wrapped up as an us and them thing. I (or any migrant) can't win if they make the rules...
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Old 21st April 2017, 06:31 PM
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@Pip i can understand English being a requirement for many jobs but not for citizenship. It is fundamentally racial discrimination.
It is not emotional or passionate to point this out.
it might be discrimination but it is not racial. there are lots of races who don't speak English as there are those who do.

I think it is a stupid test because anyone, with reasonable effort, can learn English. Knowledge of English is an irrelevant indicator as to the contribution you will likely make to Australian society.

Having said that, not speaking the local language is isolating and encourages gehtto-ification. what we should do is set up a program to teach migrants English. after all, didn't MT campaign on a platform of jobs? Maybe he meant Steve Jobs?
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Old 21st April 2017, 06:42 PM
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The thing with 'values' is everyone's are different.

I think I am Aussie as, I drink beer, fart, swear a lot and like a bit of footy. Not too much mind, that's delving into yobbo territory. (Note to self, is a yobbo more or less Aussie than me? Tough question.)

But I gotta say. Malcolms 'values' or dog forbid, Dutton's are fucking polar opposite to mine. I care about people. Dutton especially is just a racist arsehole and Turnbull really only cares about one thing, himself.

So this idea of their 'values' is simply nationalism wrapped up as an us and them thing. I (or any migrant) can't win if they make the rules...
I agree although i think 'values', or 'cultural values' can be articulated in my opinion but only institutionally. Structure of government, judiciary and rule of law (encompassing gender equality, freedom of belief, marriage equality...no, not that one yet). Democratic process, obligatory education for under 16s, medicare, welfare, austudy...etc.

I would say that these things are values, of a sort, that can be stated and claimed to be an integral part of Australian identity. Beyond that you're just playing with stereotypes for political ends i think. It's gross and so been done before its a fucking cliche.
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I think I am Aussie as, I drink beer, fart, swear a lot and like a bit of footy.
You've described half the world's population there i reckon.
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Old 21st April 2017, 07:09 PM
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I think having read all that I have to sum up here, "English" is not a value! English is a learned skill, like maths, skiing and driving. Would we reject someone because they can't drive? No!


Not being able to drive is a disadvantage, it limits your job opportunities, not being able to speak English does the same. So what do we do in those situation? We provide training.


Using a learned skill as a "value" is simply an incorrect use of logic and rational thought and anyone who does so should have their school leaving certificate revoked and be required to do it all again!
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The thing with 'values' is everyone's are different.

(snippo)
"A fair go for all" used to be an Australian value.

Perhaps I've lived too long.
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No, hang on. If you have been granted refugee status, you receive a permanent residency visa, right? ....
Not any more. The law was changed some years back and now anyone who arrived without a visa is ineligible to apply for a protection visa unless given permission, and a protection visa for anyone who arrived in Australia without a visa is a three or five year temporary protection visa.
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The thing with 'values' is everyone's are different.

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"A fair go for all" used to be an Australian value.

Perhaps I've lived too long.
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He could probably run for Australian of the Year, if he did not bark so much when he got excited.
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An Australian cultural [I]trait [/] to be valued is that of not taking anything too seriously, not getting whipped up into a frenzy about anything except at the grand final, but it's understood it's still only a game.

I am referring to the scene of the mob of males in a frenzy as bearers are trying to carry a coffin forward.

I cannot find the quote but I think it is in Ross McMullin's excellent biography of Harold 'Pompey' Elliot, WW1 fighting commander at Gallipoli and Villiers-Brettoneux. The book itself which my dad gave me is packed away.

To one British commander vociferating that the Australian soldiers did not automatically salute a British officer, the reply to him was, "yes, but they'll give you a wave."

This excerpt gives an insight into the Australian psyche and spirit. And may it endure in a world growing reactionary,

'It has also been recorded that at this critical time an ecstatic old Frenchman says ‘Pas necessaire maintenant—vous les tiendrez, vous les tiendrez,’ and a nearby digger asks someone for a translation. When this digger is told that the Frenchman was saying ‘No need to leave now, you’ll hold them, you’ll hold them’, the digger says ‘Well, we’ll just have to make sure the old bloke isn’t disappointed.’'

May I recommend the article,

http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/~/~/lin...D53821004&_z=z
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The thing with 'values' is everyone's are different.

I think I am Aussie as, I drink beer, fart, swear a lot and like a bit of footy. Not too much mind, that's delving into yobbo territory. (Note to self, is a yobbo more or less Aussie than me? Tough question.)

But I gotta say. Malcolms 'values' or dog forbid, Dutton's are fucking polar opposite to mine. I care about people. Dutton especially is just a racist arsehole and Turnbull really only cares about one thing, himself.

So this idea of their 'values' is simply nationalism wrapped up as an us and them thing. I (or any migrant) can't win if they make the rules...
I agree although i think 'values', or 'cultural values' can be articulated in my opinion but only institutionally. Structure of government, judiciary and rule of law (encompassing gender equality, freedom of belief, marriage equality...no, not that one yet). Democratic process, obligatory education for under 16s, medicare, welfare, austudy...etc.

I would say that these things are values, of a sort, that can be stated and claimed to be an integral part of Australian identity. Beyond that you're just playing with stereotypes for political ends i think. It's gross and so been done before its a fucking cliche.
Are these the same values as 10 years ago? 20? Do we have to update the test by usage every decade?

Democratic process - people in Oz complain about it a lot. One Nation aren't big supporters of our processes, nor are the "sovereign citizens".
obligatory education for under 16s - but there are groups who say "choice is all" and what about religious schools rather than secular ones?
medicare the libs keep trying to get rid of it
welfare - the libs and libertarians keep trying to get rid of it
austudy - and again blah blah

If these were part of the Australian Values test then a big chunk of our current citizens should get chucked out now!
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