“Multiculturalism has moved a long way from its initial goals and has developed serious problems. Only One Nation is willing to confront multiculturalism’s failings by breaking up ethnic enclaves in Sydney, requiring the development and use of English language skills and improving Islamic integration.”
Australian multiculturalism is not working as originally intended by Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser when they introduced the policy in the 1970s. This shortcoming is particularly severe in NSW, with the development of ethnic enclaves in parts of Western Sydney.
In many respects, multiculturalism was been badly damaged by the rise of divisive identity politics. The Left has devoured its own children. When applied to the question of race, identity politics only has one rule: white people are to blame for everything, while non-white people are free to do whatever they like.
Newly-arrived migrants can cluster in a single suburb if they wish, not learn English if its suits them and as for a strong work ethic, that’s optional too. To criticise this pattern of urban settlement is to invite a social media scream of ‘racism’. To talk about obvious issues like ‘white flight’ is to be howled down by the offenderati (as per Luke Foley’s experience inside the Labor Party).
This is a world away from what Whitlam and Fraser intended. They believed in multiculturalism as a nationally unifying policy. The idea was for people to come from different parts of the world but then be integrated into the Australian mainstream.
The new arrivals would bring with them their cultural practices but also embrace the Australian values of free speech, the fair go (aka meritocracy) and love of country (nationalism). In return, homegrown Aussies would pick and choose the bits of other cultures that we liked.
Whitlam and Fraser, in effect, had a vision for a blended society in which people from different ethnic backgrounds would mix together and get to know each other, speaking the national language of English. They wouldn’t live apart in ethnic enclaves, separated by geographic and language barriers.
No street or suburb would have a dominant ethnic group or religion. Looking down the street, Aussies would live next door to British, Southern Europeans, Asians, South Americans, more Aussies and then others from around the world. Everyone would work hard, support each other and build a united, cooperative society. People would be proud to call themselves Australian.
It was never intended for a place like Lakemba to be 65 percent Islamic, with high rates of welfare dependency and public safety problems. It was never intended for nearby Punchbowl Boys High, notionally a government school, to become a radicalised Islamic school, as it did in 2016.
Ethnic enclaves invariably have a weak work ethic, seeing Australia as a picnic for Centrelink money. This encourages further enclavism and detachment from Australian values. No matter where people have come from, the one thing that defines a good Australian is hard work. The economic success of a place like Cabramatta is proof of this approach.
Enclaves have other integration problems. It was never intended for parts of Western Sydney to be deficient in English, for 90 percent of people to be unable to speak our national language. It was never intended for ethnic enclaves to emerge in any Australian suburb, for migrants to live a life no different to where they came from. Racial and religious separatism was never supposed to be the Australian way.
One Nation is determined to address these problems. While other parties are afraid to talk about them or, even worse, use and exploit ethnic communities for branch-stacking, we want to shine a light on separatism in our suburbs. We want to bring Australians together, to share in the common values and greatness of our country.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation will conduct a State parliamentary inquiry into the problem of ethnic enclaves in Sydney, examining migrant settlement patterns, schooling issues, welfare dependency and social problems in these neighbourhoods. We will advocate for cooperative Federal/State solutions, improving social integration, starting with two important policy changes:
Using State Government control over public housing tenancies to break up ethnic enclaves, ensuring that residential placements are consistent with the principles of a blended society.
Using Federal and State welfare agencies to go door-to-door in ethnic enclaves, identifying welfare dependency problems and introducing mandatory welfare-to-work programs. No home with an able-bodied adult should be welfare reliant. Breaking up welfare dependency is a highly effective way of breaking up ethnic enclaves.
All Must Speak English
Improving English language skills is a major challenge. The Federal Government has estimated that 900,000 Australian permanent residents have little or no English. How can multiculturalism succeed, building trust and harmony between people if they can’t talk to each other? Suspicions and separatism inevitably develop if, as a nation, we can’t communicate with our fellow Australians.
One Nation recognises the valuable contribution of overseas-born Australians, who have enriched our culture and committed to our values and our laws. The contribution of migrants and their families to Australia is undeniable when new arrivals come to embrace our way of life, not to change it. This means learning and speaking English. Australia needs a new national effort to ensure each of its residents can speak the national language.
This should be a priority of the NSW Government, with its extensive school and TAFE resources. The Federal Government should also take a strong stance. It shouldn’t leave people living on welfare in ethnic enclaves with little or no understanding of English. It’s not good for the community and not good for the individuals involved.
Welfare recipients should have 18 months in which to develop basic English language skills or otherwise, lose their benefits. Federally, this is One Nation policy – ensuring non-English speaking people take responsibility for integrating into the broader Australian community and communicating effectively with their fellow Australians.
In its NSW policy, One Nation will change the focus of the chief ethnic affairs body, Multicultural NSW, from “celebrating diversity” to facilitating unity. Instead of wasteful community grants and political pork barreling, its budget will be spent on:
The development of English language skills, in cooperation with NSW schools, TAFE and other training providers;
Avoiding ethnic separatism and division; and
Creating a blended, integrated society, as originally intended by multicultural policy.
A major issue of public debate in NSW is the question of Islamic integration. One Nation has no beef with any race or religion. We abhor a discriminatory, sectarian approach to politics. We note and applaud Muslim communities that have come to Australia and worked and studied hard as good citizens, such as the Indian-Fijian-Islamic community in South-West Sydney.
Our concern is with radical Islam and its impact on public safety. If there is any evidence of hate-preaching mosques in NSW, they should be closed down and, if possible, the hate-preachers deported from Australia. Our other concern is with ethnic enclaves and the divisiveness of suburban segregation.
Some people argue that even if Muslim communities have formed enclaves in Western Sydney, they will ultimately follow the settlement patterns of South European and Asian migrants to Australia, where the second and third generations have integrated into society. But to do this, communities must be hungry for work and economic success.
This is why One Nation worries about high levels of welfare dependency in places like Lakemba; it’s a bad sign for future integration. The 2016 Census figures show that less than one-half of Lakemba’s labour force participants are in full-time jobs. The suburb has an unemployment rate of 13.5 percent, with a further 5.1 percent ‘away from work’.
For these communities, it is vital to promote successful Islamic role models – people who have embraced Australian values and created economic success for themselves. We can’t be telling migrants to integrate unless we actively promote integration success stories in the Australian political system.
NSW One Nation is doing this with our excellent candidate for the seat of Hornsby, Emma Eros. She’s a plumber, a businesswoman, an entrepreneur, a fine family person, a supporter of our troops overseas, a great role model all-round. If a young Islamic girl is deciding on which way to head in life, it’s better for her to look towards an Emma Eros for inspiration than Green-Left radicals such as Senator Mehreen Faruqi.
In its NSW policy, One Nation will ensure:
The NSW Government closes down hate-preaching mosques and urges the Federal Government to deport hate-preachers. If this is not possible, hate-preachers should be jailed.
The NSW Government closes down radicalised schools, whether in the public or private education systems. There must be zero tolerance of radical Islam in schools, with stronger standards of transparency in how these matters are handled. Too often in the past, radicalised student behaviour has been swept under the carpet.
Islamic full-face coverings are removed in NSW Government buildings. In any security screening process, such as airports and banks, if caps, hats and helmets have to be removed, then Islamic head and face coverings should also be removed. Islamic women can never successfully integrate unless they can talk to other Australians face-to-face.
We continue to promote well-integrated, talented, conservative Muslims into public life, such as Emma Eros, our NSW candidate for Hornsby. Importantly, Emma’s candidacy also shows One Nation to be a truly mainstream, pro-merit, anti-discrimination party.