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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Accepting our demons

Australians are much more self-aware than politicians and the media realise:

"Three out of every four voters disagree with the Prime Minister's claim there is no underlying racism in Australia.

"The Herald Poll reveals deep concerns about the long-term impact of the riots: 59 per cent of respondents believe the violence at Cronulla and other Sydney beaches would damage Australia's international reputation. Only 38 per cent think Australia's image has not been tarnished."

But the most encouraging result of all:

"The poll revealed 81 per cent backing for multiculturalism."

9 Comments:

Blogger Wombat said...

"The poll revealed 81 per cent backing for multiculturalism."

I dare say this constitutes the mother of all black eyes for Neo who claimed that Jones spoke for all Australians.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 10:07:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

I'd be very curious to see numbers and methodology for this poll...of couirse people are going to say the support multiculturalism, surely the whole poll was written to make anyone who said "no" feel like a bigot and there was no way to give the "yes, but..." answer that I think most Australians have at hand. Ask if people think immigrants need to work to assimilate to the Australian way of life, and you'll get the same numbers.

Of course people will say there is underlying racism in Oz: It's part of the human condition. Have you ever been anyplace in the world that didn't have a local "Polish" joke?

Sorry, mate, I think it's funny that after bagging Fairfax for so long that you're suddenly trumpeting this bit of push-poll journalism.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 11:25:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

No doubt there is an element of what you allude to Shab. People will unsually answer in the affirmative due to self censorship. Also the meaning of mutli-cuturalism is largely confused wih culural tolerance and diversity.

Nonetheless, I would be surpised (and dissapointed) to learn that the numbers woudl be reversed if the poill were entirely neutral.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 12:49:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

addamo

That poll does not mean a thing. For starters none of you here has a clue what you mean by multiculturalism. And having been a Fairfax reader for many years, I can assure you that the dunderhead press-release copy-and-pasters whose by-lines thunder about "multiculturalism" ALSO have no idea what they mean.

Similarly, the people polled would have had 1,000 different ideas in mind.

But it is very heartening to see the self-loathing bourgeois luvvies in such a lather.

Sadly, it will only result in a more potent Pauline Hanson figure emerging, a landslide by NSW Liberals, and the end of the federal ALP.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 1:26:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Duhhh,

Didn't I just alude to that? Of course had the poll said the opposite, you surely woudl have been hriming from ear to ear.

I can see that you've gotten yourself into a lather of your own about the results of the poll nonetheless. I guess the chaos, hate and anarchy that you were salivating over is going to have to wait a while longer.

As for the Pauline Hason on steroids, have you ever considered taking up the challenge? You could even recycle her gooooorgeous wardrobe. C'mon. I know you wanna.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 1:35:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

addamo

Yes I have actually. Seriously. For such a successful concept/policy there sure seems to be a lot of teeth gnashing over a few westies getting into a scrap.

I think it projects the great anxiety that is at the core of the whole soulless bourgeois "multiculturalism/human rights/cultural relativism" movement that has sustained the western baby boomers.

I think you might be reading just a little bit too much in my colourful rhetoric if you think I have been salivating over chaos, hate and anarchy.

I am merely trying to demonstrate to you the reality of the world that your own (well to be fair more AL's than yours) constipated and insincere rhetoric of compassion for the poor misunderstood angelic Palestinian victims belies.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 1:56:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Neo,

You know how much more readable you are, and how much more effective your communication is when you are not hurling abuse and raving like a lunatic? I have a sense of humor as much as anyone else, but your colorful rhetoric goes beyond the bounds of what could be considered humor or tongue and cheek.

Sometimes less is more.

I have no idea what has fuelled your reality, but you make a mistake when assuming that your truth is everyone else’s. I am confident I have been a round a good deal longer than you, and my experience has not brought me to the same conclusions you have drawn.

Not everyone who believes in human rights and multi-ethnic societies is part of the soulless bourgeois chardonnay sipping set.

There is nothing constipated and insincere about my rhetoric. I absolutely abhor cruelty, and though I am only human and prone to bias like anyone else, my experience has shown me that the recipients of cruelty are usually the disempowered, the weak, and the marginalized.

The Israeli Palestinian issue is more complexed than you acknowledge. I have no clue how it will be sorted out, but I do believe it is pointless to insists either side is blameless.

For your sake and everyone else’s on the list, please stay on this wavelength. You can get your point across just as effectively, if not more so, without summoning the seven plagues. You may despise an entire race or culture (much as I think that is self defeating) but you can’t lose sight of the fact that we are talking about human beings and human lives.

I do thnk that you are out of control, but I also see signs of intelligence burried underneath that venom. Learn to control it and maybe you'll find a more effective way to harness the energy.

Peace to you.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 3:14:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

Yet another opinion poll sees Howard increasing his lead over the useless pansies in the ALP.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 7:52:00 pm  
Blogger Mannie said...

Just to show how offensively homophobic the "neo" is, she keeps on slagging off at everyone she doesn't like by calling them pansies. She will probably be calling them poofters next - she is not far off doing so!
The Alternative Liberal Party (aka ALP) may be pretty pathetic, but to give them this sort of label is totally counter-productive!

Friday, December 23, 2005 11:59:00 pm  

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