Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
Funny. After the murder of hundreds of thousands of native people, possibly millions, you'd think there'd be space to spare.
Under the bigotry and foulness of it all, there is actually a point in their vulgarity. Whatever happened in the past in Australia happened and can't be changed other than to deal with native title and coming clean with the likes of the stolen generations. The problem now is that although it is a vast country, less than 10% of it is generally habitable, and most of this lies along the east and south-east coasts. Small bits of desert have been able to be reclaimed for growing crops but it's an expensive process and considering its isolation it has to be more self-sufficient in its food produce than say the UK does. There's some 23 million odd people now in Australia, around three quarters of whom live within 100km of the five main cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth & Adelaide) and it is very vulnerable to changes in weather with droughts, floods, bush fires all being very common hazards and some estimates already state that Australia is only able to hold around 12 million nominally. I was out there for an extended stay a few years ago and although it's now mostly cleared up now, drought was a serious concern in many places and some farming families hadn't seen rain in months.
Australia is a bit of a funny place. On one hand it has some of the best examples of multiculturalism the the developed world yet at the same time some of the most bigoted people you'll come across, and as a Northern Irish native I don't throw that word around lightly. On the radio you'll hear adverts for adult sex shops which will often be located in major retail parks yet outrage is sparked when a bit of nudity gets shown in the National Gallery. When it comes to sport they can be some of the greatest winners to model yourself upon yet also be possibly the sorest losers you'll ever see. I suppose from an Anglo-Irish point of view, alongside its own culture that has grown up from both Aboriginal and European settlement, there is a weird fusion of both English and American culture that varies from place to place.
The problem with the "Fawk Aff Wear Fool" crowd is that nearly all of them don't have too many objections to immigration if they're pale skinned, and preferably blond. The stink usually kicks up when its an overflowing boat of people (refugees or not) from SE Asia.