One of the favourite comebacks to anything anyone says against members of Reclaim Australia or The Great Aussie Patriot is being labelled “unaustralian”, amongst other words such as “traitor”, “terrorist sympathiser” or “#*^%\>!!!!”
So, let’s take a deeper look into this label. Are those who oppose the yelling-at-cloud like movement really ‘UnAustralian’, or are the members of the group’s who support these rallies the ones who should wear the name?
Defining people by the borders of a country is a little Nationalist in itself, but the existence of demonyms cannot be denied. Of course, we’re going to have to dive a little deeper than just using the Oxford definition of ‘Australian’ to get to some peoples level of understanding, but it’s a good place to start.
The English definition of the word ‘Australian’ is broken down to a noun and an adjective.
The noun, as defined, is “A native or inhabitant of Australia, or a person of Australian descent”.
The adjective, as defined, is “relating to Australia”, for example “that car is very Australian”.
Considering the above definition as the simplest form of defining what an Australian is, let’s assess:
1. A native of inhabitant of Australia, or a person of Australian descent.
I’m sure many of those who support Reclaim Australia do fit into this categorically, but undeniably, so do those who oppose it. This includes the 45,000+ supporters of Blackfulla Revolution, a community of “native Australians”, as defined.
It seems therefore, both sides are ‘Australian’, of course, pending citizenship verifications. I joke, I joke.
This however, also means, that the 3 charged teenagers over the weekend over the alleged terror plot, are also Australians. As is Ivan Milat, Martin Bryant, etc.
So, let’s go deeper.
Let’s take a look at something every immigrant who wishes to become an Australian Citizen must sign, the “Australian Values Statement”. This surely is based on what being ‘Australian’ is, otherwise, why would t exist?
2. Australian Values Statement
- Australian society values respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, freedom of religion, commitment to the rule of law, Parliamentary democracy, equality of men and women and a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play and compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good
- Australian society values equality of opportunity for individuals, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background
- the English language, as the national language, is an important unifying element of Australian society.
I undertake to respect these values of Australian society during my stay in Australia and to obey the laws of Australia.
I understand that, if I should seek to become an Australian citizen:
- Australian citizenship is a shared identity, a common bond which unites all Australians while respecting their diversity
- Australian citizenship involves reciprocal rights and responsibilities. The responsibilities of Australian Citizenship include obeying Australian laws, including those relating to voting at elections and serving on a jury.
If I meet the legal qualifications for becoming an Australian citizen and my application is approved I understand that I would have to pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people.
There are some important parts of this statement to note.
“Australian society values equality of opportunity for individuals, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background“
“Australian society values respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, freedom of religion, commitment to the rule of law, “
“Australian citizenship is a shared identity, a common bond which unites all Australians while respecting their diversity“
So, does Reclaim Australia pass this test? Let’s take a look.
See. I dunno, not looking very Australian to me… These are some of the most vocal supporters to the rally, too.
So, what about the ‘defacto’ Australian, the one that Shermon sees?
3. The ‘defacto’ Australian.
This one is ugly, it’s not legislated, it’s racial, and it carries such negative stereotypes with it.
Of course, he can claim that’s what he calls Australian, but he has no right to make that the ‘test’, the status all must pass, or pass up their citizenship.
Not sure about you, but it seems to me that Reclaim Australia isn’t very Australian at all.