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The Greens on multiculturalism

By johnboy - 4 October 2012 40

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is letting us know that the Greens care about that multicultural things:

The Greens multicultural initiatives include:

— $127,000 for 10 ACT interpreter scholarships to assist people to become interpreters in languages where there are identified shortages.

— $500,000 for a cultural understanding grants program to encourage understanding and cooperation between people of different religions and cultural backgrounds, and to help address vilification and discrimination on the basis of race and religion.

— $100,000 to establish an ACT level Multicultural Ministerial Advisory Council – a formal representative body to provide input to government policy and to recognise the importance of culturally and linguistically diverse groups in the ACT community.

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bigfeet 7:38 pm 06 Oct 12

johnboy said :

Well India’s part of Asia so the Liberals have Jacob Vadakkedathu and Labor have Mark Kulasingham.

But agreed Elizabeth Lee appears to be mobilising the east asian electorate in interesting ways.

When I lived in the UK I found it interesting that when you say ‘Asia’, it is assumed that you are speaking about the Sub-Continent or adjacent countries whereas it means an entirely different thing here.

And I agree with you JB. From what I have heard from workmates and other friends, Elizabeth Lee just by getting on the Liberal ticket has created some interest in a particular voting block.

Mr Evil 6:50 pm 06 Oct 12

poetix said :

Mr Evil said :

But you don’t speak English here: you all speak bloody Australian.

New Zealand – now there’s an English-speaking nation if I ever did see one.

Kia ora.

Choice.

johnboy 6:04 pm 06 Oct 12

Well India’s part of Asia so the Liberals have Jacob Vadakkedathu and Labor have Mark Kulasingham.

But agreed Elizabeth Lee appears to be mobilising the east asian electorate in interesting ways.

Masquara 5:55 pm 06 Oct 12

It seems that the ACT Liberals are the only party to be running a candidate of Asian heritage (Elizabeth Lee)…

ACT Labor has an identified-as-Aboriginal representative …

Are any of the NINE Greens candidates of Asian descent? Indigenous?

Multicultural much, Greens?

poetix 4:53 pm 06 Oct 12

Mr Evil said :

But you don’t speak English here: you all speak bloody Australian.

New Zealand – now there’s an English-speaking nation if I ever did see one.

Kia ora.

milkman 4:47 pm 06 Oct 12

I don’t think it really matters so much if a few people can’t speak English. It inconveniences the people who can’t speak it a lot more than the people who can.

Mr Evil 3:25 pm 06 Oct 12

But you don’t speak English here: you all speak bloody Australian.

New Zealand – now there’s an English-speaking nation if I ever did see one.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:50 pm 06 Oct 12

The official language in this country is English. If you choose to live in this country, learn English.

…said the moron who uses four question marks in a row, with spaces between them.

Do they help combat crime

…said the moron who thinks he should be exempt from jury duty.

Masquara 12:38 pm 06 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

bigfeet said :

HenryBG said :

The official language in this country is English. .

Actually Australia has no ‘official language’.

Weirdly, every Australian government official I have ever dealt with has used English.

HenryBG you have an unfortunate habit of continuing to argue when you are wrong. Check your facts and get back to us with an apology. Predominant, main language does not equal official language.

zippyzippy 12:17 am 06 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

Duffbowl said :

HenryBG said :

As The Ratepayer expected to fund the Greens’ combination of ideological stupidity and gravy train, you can rest assured I will not be voting Green.

Leave it out, Henry. Reading back through your posts, anyone with half a brain could see that you’re about as likely to vote for the Greens as Tom Metzger is of voting for Obama.

I used to always vote Greens.

Bob Brown was the voice of commonsense.

Unfortunately The Greens have turned out to be just like the Democrats – a one-man-band. Having lost Bob Brown, we’re seeing a bunch of ego-driven intellectual pygmies using the Party to promote the mindless ideologies they acquired at Uni.

They should back away from the distracting fringe-nonsense and get back to hammering the point home that Australia needs to invest substantial time and money in a reform its energy policies and industries with an eye on security and sustainability.

Tony Abbott has promised to scrap the Marine Reserves. To me, this is a shocking and far worse threat of environmental vandalism than the proposed Franklin dam could ever have been, but do you hear ‘boo’ out of the Greens about it?

Have a real interest in marine issues, so was reading about this issue. And… Boo!

http://greens.org.au/content/abbott-turns-scare-campaign-marine-protection-0

Maybe you just weren’t paying attention. ‘Used to vote green’ – phhtt, sure.

As for all your other comments in this thread about language and multiculturalism…. Well, I’m not going to bother, because it’s hard to see you crawling out of your insular little hole any time soon. If spewing into this forum every now and then helps you keep it to yourself in the real world, then that’s probably good for everyone.

Masquara 6:54 pm 05 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

The official language in this country is English. If you choose to live in this country, learn English.

.

I’m afraid you’re wrong, Henry BG. Australia doesn’t have an official language.

DrKoresh 2:04 pm 05 Oct 12

Diggety said :

– $500,000 for a cultural understanding grants program to encourage understanding and cooperation between people of different religions and cultural backgrounds, and to help address vilification and discrimination on the basis of race and religion.

So all the Jew/Israeli hating legislation you guys wanted to bring in was just a laugh?

Not since Pauline Hanson has any political party been so disgustingly racist, but no time in my life has a political party come so dangerously close to achieving their ethnic segregation policy since, well – you know who…

I don’t really see that there’s much not to hate about Israel, and framing that as anti-semitism or an attack on Jewish people as a whole is intellectually dishonest on your part. I mean seriously, Israel has displaced and continues to displace countless thousands of people from their homeland (irony much?) using religious doctrine to do so, but because they’re considered a “Western” nation and have U.S support they’re seen as righteous underdogs instead of religious extremists. There are many Jews who themselves are disgusted by the state of Israel and it’s behaviour on the global stage.

Not to mention the fact that the Mossad illegally stole and used Australian passports in covert operations, potentially endangering the lives of the people whose identities they assumed. Israel is not a country I think we should be supporting or associated with as a nation,

The abhorrent treatment of the Jewish race during the 2nd World War and preceding centuries is deplorable, but it doesn’t justify the actions of the Israeli state today, I’m really curious as to how you can defend such a country.

HenryBG 1:44 pm 05 Oct 12

Diggety said :

– $500,000 for a cultural understanding grants program to encourage understanding and cooperation between people of different religions and cultural backgrounds, and to help address vilification and discrimination on the basis of race and religion.

So all the Jew/Israeli hating legislation you guys wanted to bring in was just a laugh?

Not since Pauline Hanson has any political party been so disgustingly racist, but no time in my life has a political party come so dangerously close to achieving their ethnic segregation policy since, well – you know who…

“Behead those who believe in the freedom to make and share books, movies and cartoons” would seem to be the most extreme form of vilification in need of addressing.
Do the Greens address it?

Diggety 11:49 am 05 Oct 12

– $500,000 for a cultural understanding grants program to encourage understanding and cooperation between people of different religions and cultural backgrounds, and to help address vilification and discrimination on the basis of race and religion.

So all the Jew/Israeli hating legislation you guys wanted to bring in was just a laugh?

Not since Pauline Hanson has any political party been so disgustingly racist, but no time in my life has a political party come so dangerously close to achieving their ethnic segregation policy since, well – you know who…

HenryBG 10:55 am 05 Oct 12

Duffbowl said :

HenryBG said :

As The Ratepayer expected to fund the Greens’ combination of ideological stupidity and gravy train, you can rest assured I will not be voting Green.

Leave it out, Henry. Reading back through your posts, anyone with half a brain could see that you’re about as likely to vote for the Greens as Tom Metzger is of voting for Obama.

I used to always vote Greens.

Bob Brown was the voice of commonsense.

Unfortunately The Greens have turned out to be just like the Democrats – a one-man-band. Having lost Bob Brown, we’re seeing a bunch of ego-driven intellectual pygmies using the Party to promote the mindless ideologies they acquired at Uni.

They should back away from the distracting fringe-nonsense and get back to hammering the point home that Australia needs to invest substantial time and money in a reform its energy policies and industries with an eye on security and sustainability.

Tony Abbott has promised to scrap the Marine Reserves. To me, this is a shocking and far worse threat of environmental vandalism than the proposed Franklin dam could ever have been, but do you hear ‘boo’ out of the Greens about it?

HenryBG 10:38 am 05 Oct 12

NoAddedMSG said :

HenryBG said :

The official language in this country is English. If you choose to live in this country, learn English.

I don’t think I have ever come accross a non-english speaking migrant who is refusing to learn english. What I have however come accross are migrants with very low levels of english proficiency, who are trying hard to learn but finding it tough for very understandable reasons. In the meantime they have to live in the real world and can’t lock themselves away for two years while they study, so they still have to deal with government services. Those people need translator services.

WHy is the taxpayer funding those services?

It’s not the taxpayer’s problem. These immigrants should have attended to their education before moving to an english-speaking country. The UK has recently massively tightened-up their policy on requiring immigrants to learn english before getting a visa – how long do we here stay in denial of this issue before Australia follows suit?

Just heard an Afghani boat-arrival on 2cn having a huge whinge because the govt. won’t let him import all his relatives no-questions-asked.
He’s been in the country 11 years and his english was execrable. He’s obviously never going to learn it, and people like the Greens are going to continue to increase *our* taxes to pay for the consequences.

My position is this:
– personal responsibility
– government should butt out a great many things
– my taxes should go down

The problem with government is that it is mostly just an end in itself: half of what the government does is dreaming up new ways to make government bigger.
And if laws were written properly, we wouldn’t have half as many lawyers in our society.

And sorry Jethro – I quite liked, “stupid old person who listens to Alan Jones” so I shouldn’t have confused you with the “bigot” PC-indoctrinee.

Matt_Watts 9:36 am 05 Oct 12

bigfeet said :

Matt_Watts said :

Not getting into the pros and cons of the Greens’ policy, but seriously – I must make a comment on the claim Australia doesn’t have English as the official language….

The Greens’ policies aside, of course English is our bloody official language otherwise we wouldn’t demand it as a requirement in the public service, require it be taught in schools or offer free English lessons to new settlers.

Please point me to the piece of legislation that makes it Australia’s ‘official language’, or any legislation in Australia that defines Australia’s ‘official language’.

There is a big difference between something being a de-facto language, or the language supported by government, and an ‘official language’.

It might just be semantics but semantics are very important when it comes to legislation. I am worried that someone who is vying to be a Legislator fails to grasp this.

Actually, I was the one to point out it was a matter of regulation. Cheers.

Duffbowl 9:07 am 05 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

I notice, for example, Jethro is pleasing his masters through throwing in the word, “bigot”.

The post that included the word “bigot” was by m@, not Jethro. As they say, never let the truth get in the way of a good story, Henry.

Jethro 8:48 am 05 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

banco said :

CaseyRyback said :

HenryBG said :

The official language in this country is English. If you choose to live in this country, learn English.

Just had to think of those Australians that retire in Thailand / Indonesia / elsewhere in Asia and don’t bother learning the official languages there.

Go to those countries and demand Government funded interpreters. Good luck with that.

It’s a puzzle – what was Casey thinking? What was Casey’s point?

I guess that’s the problem with public education these days – never mind facts and logic, they’re just trained to regurgitate politically-correct leftie nonsense.

I notice, for example, Jethro is pleasing his masters through throwing in the word, “bigot”.

Please point to where I said the word bigot in this thread.

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