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I am a caucasian, Catholic, woman and I lived in a Middle Eastern country just over a decade ago. I was there with my husband’s work and while I was there I found work in my own field of nursing working with my local community at the local hospital.

While I was living there, everything I did and said had to be done their way. I had to dress like they did, I wasn’t allowed to swim at the beaches or lakes, I wasn’t allowed to speak or make eye contact unless it was culturally appropriate to do so. Safe to say, living there was incredibly different from what it is while I was in Australia. And, I was OK with that. I was in their country, so I was happy to live as they did.

Today when I read in the Sydney Morning Herald that Tony Abbott had said, “You don’t migrate to this country unless you want to join team Australia”, it resonated with me on an incredibly personal level. When I was over there, I lived as they did, but when they live here, if we ask them to adopt our practices or do their best to integrate into our lifestyle, we are deemed as being racist.

The difference between us living there and them living here? If I did something out of their culture while living there, I faced death… Legally. If they choose not to adopt our lifestyle or culture here, they face no penalties and instead turn it on us.

I know many people aren’t a fan of Tony Abbott or the Liberal party, however on this one I have to say I do agree with him. 100%.

I don’t want the comments on this to turn racist and I don’t want us to discriminate against each other because that isn’t what it is about. It’s about living in harmony, and respecting the country that houses you, provides you with food, shelter and security. I respected their country, religions, customs and lifestyle while I was there. So why can’t they?

As an Australian, do you agree with Tony Abbott on this one? Should immigrants be willing to become apart of team Australia? Tell us in the comments below… 

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  1. So true!

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    • It is really quite simple…
      We all love the fact that we have freedom of speech but it is that freedom that will allow for Fundamentalists to get a foot hold in this country unless we take away the freedom of some minority groups. If we don’t we will lose the freedom we fought so strongly for.

      Wars used to be fought out in open fields then it moved to a more remote style, shooting from a long distance. But in that war the one with the most money and equipment wins.
      Today those wanting to invade a country have had to become more subtle… Terrorism is designed to create fear and dissent within a population. The next move in the new way to win a war is a very old method… called the Trojan Horse. Today that Trojan Horse is called Discrimination.

  2. Exactly. I’m not a fan of the Liberal Party at all but I do agree with him on this. I’m actually a migrant too from the UK and my attitude from the start was that I was the one who had to fit in, not the other way around.

  3. The Guest Contributor – is exactly right its not racial- its just a fair thing when in Rome do as the Romans do.

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    • Remember who tore down the Romans ? 🙂 a fitting comparison i would say…. They didnt do as Romans did back then, and they wont do as Australians do now…

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