Australia ain't the promised land

Australia ain't the promised land

Are you sure you want to live here? Think before you sneak off to Sydney – you may just find life in Australia disconcertingly familiar, says Anne Susskind.

Having lived in Australia for nearly half my life, it seems to me that country has become, for some South Africans, imbued with longing. As much as people claim to despise its banality, it has come to epitomise a good life, a sunny life, a free life, a lucky life.

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Submitted by : Ivan Medak on 2013-06-26 13:39:20
Well said Nathan! Love your words.....!
Submitted by : Ivan Medak on 2013-06-26 12:57:59
...sad to say but I cannot disagree with the surfers sentiments! This country has an inordinate amount of people who believe they are special and entitled to do as they please! Even whilst holidaying we have become the new Yanks....avoid at all costs!
Submitted by : Myron Robinson of East London on 2013-05-29 14:27:27
It may not be so great but at least you do not get murdered for your cellphone or worse if you are a female rape. Even though I have no desire to emigrate to Australia, Aussie sounds fair dinkum to me compared to what we go through in RSA
Submitted by : Nathan Draper of Perth on 2013-05-27 05:58:42
Dear Sir,

I am a former South `Effrican` having lived in Australia for the last 10 years.

You appear to have all the traits of a well to do, sheltered South African having benefited, like the vast majority of white South African`s from, among other things, the economic injustice created by apartheid.

In your usual, arrogant manner you chose to exercise your right to refresh yourself at a public facility having probably exhausted yourself getting ready to collect your child and clean your house (not being able to afford some poor downtrodden other to do this task for you as labour is so expensive in Australia, another negative) by totally ignoring, in a most selfish manner, other people rights to refresh themselves.

Disability discrimination is as vile as race discrimination. A concerned Australian clearly taking issue with your selfishness is right to assume that your discriminatory behaviour is a trait all us South Africans have given our horrific history.

If being discriminated against is so upsetting to you perhaps you should learn not to discriminate against others. No doubt your discriminating behaviour has been learned while living in South Africa and it is `just something you have grown up with`. Unfortunately that is how the majority of white South Africans represent themselves - don`t get upset when others treat you as you treat them.

As far as Australians go, I have not found a more open armed, accepting society anywhere.

I arrived in Australia when my son was aged 7. I arrived in South Africa when I was aged 7. My first lesson at school was Afrikaans and my assignment for the week was to learn Die Stem for assembly. I had only been in South Africa for one month by that time but this was the welcome I received from the school. For the next thirty three years I was constantly reminded that I was a `soutie`, a foreigner and if I opposed the race discrimination that was the ideological backbone of the state I was spied upon, arrested and ostracised.

My son has thankfully accepted Australia as his home. Its not hard to do when he knows that he can go to a tide pool at any time of the day or night, have a refreshing swim, make his way home to an unlocked house without worrying about whether his parents have been murdered. And while swimming he can appreciate the sunrise or sunset, not worrying about being murdered for his cell phone, and he can enjoy the trip home, either on fully functioning public transport or in his car without fear of hijacking or being a victim of any other crime.

Unless some idiot chooses to discriminate against him by preventing his wheelchair getting to the beach or on the bus.

But you are correct, Australia ain`t the promised land to arrogant idiots who continue to discriminate against others.

Keep well and safe.




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