Am I still an Australian?

by ROGER CROOK – AUSTRALIA’S character and national spirit – forged and honed, damaged and repaired through two world wars and a great depression – is now hard to find in this 21st Century multi-racial, multicultural nation. 

Life in Australia today is characterised by a national discourse on racism, division, cynicism, dogmatism and false science; there is an ever-increasing loss of national identity. 

I gave up British citizenship to become an Australian, but not this Australia. Did I make a mistake all those years ago? Of course not! This is my country, and I would do anything for it; yet in half a century something has gone wrong.

Among the young and some of those who are new to this country there is a lack of national pride and awareness, about what it really means to be an Australian.

Who can blame them, when our Prime Minister stands in front of three flags – still sulking over losing the Voice referendum.

EMBLEMS

The national flag and the flags of the Aboriginal people and the Torres Strait Islander people.

The other two are not unifying flags – they are emblems that represent just 3.8 per cent of Australians.

What does that tell the rest of the world about Australia?

As a migrant who, over six decades, has given some blood, a lot of sweat and more than a few tears to this my country, I now have an empty feeling in this winter of my years.

I gave up British citizenship to become an Australian, but not this Australia. Did I make a mistake all those years ago? Of course not!

This is my country, and I would do anything for it; yet in half a century something has gone out of our national identity, something has gone out of the character of this nation.

Perhaps when over the decades – when political idealists and far Left socialist academics conspired to make Australia an international pluralistic, multicultural, multiracial society – they threw out the baby with the bathwater?

Sure, we will all cheer the green and gold at the Olympics in Paris; what then, will there be more attacks on Australia Day?

After being told lies about what happened in 1770 and 1788, many of our children and sadly our grandchildren now hold little respect for the history of this nation.

They have been taught from primary school to high school to despise the pioneers and treat them as brutal colonisers. I have been told, by my own, that I am a privileged white man.

When I came to Western Australia in 1967 with my small family, my God, Australia knew who it was and where it was going.

The vibrancy among the 880,000 people in WA had to be experienced to be believed; from the city to the wheatbelt, everyone filled us with their enthusiasm; their positive thinking and clear determination to continue to build what was virtually a self-reliant State within this vast island continent.

That vibrancy has gone now. These days there are nearly 3m people in Western Australia; nearly 2m live in the Perth region.

The real wealth of WA is in the vast deposits of minerals and natural gas 1600km north of Perth in the Pilbara Region.

LEAVING

In 1933 WA tried to secede. A referendum was held and nearly two thirds of the people were in favour of leaving the Commonwealth of Australia, the British Parliament frustrated the move.

Were WA to secede today its 3m people would find themselves living in one of the richest countries in the world. What a fascinating thought.

Maybe a secession movement in WA is what Australia needs to shake it out of its torpor and regain national pride and determination?

A couple of years ago, out of a population of 26m people in Australia, 18m were born in Australia and about 8m, with a hundred and twenty different faiths, were born in more than 17 other countries.

Nearly half of the Australian population have one parent that was born overseas and nearly one third of all Australians were born overseas; about 5.5m of those people, use a language other than English at home.

As of June 2021, there were 984,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, representing 3.8 per cent of the population. This is an increase of 185,000 people (23.2%) since June 2016. This growth is not possible through natural increase.

More than 700,000 Australians living in Australia today were born in India and another 650,000 were born in mainland China.

About another 750,000 Australians are from the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia. The balance is made up from countries from all four corners of the world.

In all, 8m migrants and refugees have left the country of their birth behind and made Australia their home.

Are all of those people now proud to call themselves Australian? Are we a nation of Australians or are we a collective of nations living together with little to unite us?

Were those who demonstrated at the Opera House, burned flags and called for the death of all Jews and the elimination of Israel, Australians?

Or are they people living in Australia because they know they will be cared for no matter what they do, because that is what we Australians do; and they know it is what the Arab nations like Egypt and Jordan refuse to do, especially for them.

That mob who paraded through Sydney on October 9, 2023, did not wrap themselves in the Australian flag when they chanted obscenities; they wrapped themselves in the keffiyeh and flag of Palestine, were they Australians?

The image of Australia that went across the world on that day was of the Sydney Opera House; the world watched as we allowed that building, the pride of all Australians, to be violated by a mob carrying the banners of terrorists, lighting flares, shouting and asking, “where’s the Jews”.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics tells us that in 2021 more than half (59%) of migrants were Australian citizens. Skilled migrants 64 per cent and family migrants 48 per cent; the take-up of citizenship increased with time; just four per cent for less than five years and 77 per cent for 10 years or more.

Among the humanitarian migrants who have lived in Australia for more than 10 years, it was great to learn nearly 90 per cent were citizens of Australia.

FIGHT

In 2022 the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) asked 18 to 24-year-old Australians: “If Australia was in the same position as Ukraine is now, would you stay and fight or leave the country?”

Forty per cent of our young said they would leave the country, 28 per cent were unsure and just 32 per cent said they would fight.

The ADF across all three services cannot recruit enough young people to meet the needs of the nation and on top of that we need a strong force of Reservists.

We are constantly being told that the world is closer to conflict now than it was at the height of the cold war and the Asia/Pacific could be the flash point.

Why don’t we solve the problem and bring back some form of conscription and test how loyal our young people are to Australia?

What will those young people who burned Israeli flags, covered their faces and adorned their heads and shoulders with the keffiyeh as they marched through Sydney and chanted their vile slogans outside the Opera House do when they get their call-up papers?

Those young men and women who listened and recorded and cheered as Sheikh Ibrahim Dadoun celebrated October 7, 2023, as a day of victory.

“I’m smiling and I’m happy,” he shouted.

“I’m elated, it’s a day of courage, it’s a day of happiness, it’s a day of pride, it’s day of victory. This is the day we have been waiting for.

“Seventy five years of occupation and 15 years of blockade, what happened yesterday was the first time our brothers and sisters break through the largest prison on earth.

“This brings pride to the heart, this brings joy to the heart, my brothers and sisters, you and I, standing in Australia we support our brothers and sisters in Palestine.”

Throughout his rant, after every statement, the young people shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great).

Would those young people who gathered and cheered around that Muslim cleric fight for Australia, or would they leave the country? Where is home to those young men and women?

DEMANDED

What will those Australian students who camped in their university buildings; who demanded the elimination of Israel; who proudly draped themselves in the keffiyeh and the flag of Palestine do when they receive conscription papers?

On June 6, 1944, young men and women from all over the free world joined together in the biggest invasion force ever assembled. Their mission was to conquer evil.

They crossed the English Channel and stormed the beaches of Normandy in France; thousands died.

Allied casualties were at least 10,000 with 4414 confirmed dead.

Last week the free world met again in Normandy to commemorate the 80th anniversary of that day.

As the speeches were made, what happened 80 years ago was etched into the faces of the few brave veterans from that battle who sat and listened; many a tear trickled down their faces, anguish was in their eyes as they remembered their part in that day, when they alone, changed the world.

I was reminded this week of a speech President Ronald Reagan gave the American veterans of the Normandy landing on June 6, 1984, forty years ago.

“You all knew that some things were worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it is the most deeply honourable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.”

Virtually all of the veterans who were on the beach at Normandy for the commemoration last week were just under or just over twenty years of age, one had lied and was just sixteen, they are now just under or over one hundred years old.

How many of our young today, not only in Australia, would agree with what President Reagan said forty years ago? that “Ones country and democracy is worth dying for”.PC

Roger Crook

MAIN PHOTOGRAPH:  Anthony Albanese. (courtesy SBS)

7 thoughts on “Am I still an Australian?

  1. When so many REAL Australians are struggling to live at present, how can Albo justify the new benefits for the very left wing new Governor General?

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  2. Thank you for putting it so clearly. All us oldies stand tall and proud of how it was and how it used to be. We live in hope that we can claw back pride & respect of a nation that once was.

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  3. This Cult of Islam will take over! Under Labor/Greens. If we don’t control and stop it! Jay smith’s 30 year study on the origins of Islam. Its more than an hour, but leads to the conclusion it is an evil sect Not religion! So along with the bogus renewables, Dutton will have to address the huge Elephant in the room Albo and Co are supporting for votes 🙁
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jay+smith+islam

  4. Sad but true Roger! After almost half a century in Australia, I agree with your views entirely and as Jew, I am extremely concerned with the rise of Antisemitism in general and Australia in particular.

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  5. I look forward to the day when Peter Dutton holds his first Press Conference as Prime Minister and stands in front of only one flag – our National flag.

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  6. “[…] a hundred and twenty different faiths […]”.

    Not so: there is only one faith, and that is faith in Jesus Christ, the Risen Son of God. This faith is a gift that is given by God (for salvation is not of works, so that no man can boast).

    Every religion is false, and is demonic – and, being false, always ultimately rests on salvation by works (consider, for example, the heretical doctrines of roman catholicism, which are anathema to those who belong to God, and who are known by him).

    It’s true that the Australia of old has disappeared, and, although that’s sad, it’s ultimately of no import to those of us who already know how history will end. The heavens and the earth will be destroyed by fire, a new heaven and a new earth will be created in their place, and we will live there with God for all eternity. Nations wax and wane, but of God’s Kingdom there shall be no end, and the sure knowledge of this, and of our own salvation, allows us to understand the outworking of God’s purpose in context, so that we untroubled by the cares and concerns by which so many are heavily burdened these days. As Jesus said “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free”.

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