reblogged from Menzies House
It’s our house, we set the rules.
What a joke! The government’s baulk at solving the tsunami of foreign interlopers was trotted out as a powerful message certain to cause people smugglers to cease business has increased human traffic. Nauru is now technically filled to capacity even before it is operational.
And, Immigration Minister Bowen seeks to resume chatter with Malaysia and the magic fix where we send one and take five. Rarely mentioned is our legal system is absolutely clogged with appeals, many of which are frivolous.
While our socialist inspired leaders fudge and fumble with an avalanche of people who are acutely aware that the drawbridge will soon be raised, Canada, under Stephen Harper’s conservative government, is bravely leading the way with a bold but workable solution to the same problem. Their move is to revoke citizenship of those found to have obtained permanent residency by fraud.
Investigations so far have uncovered a possible 11,000 candidates for status revocation. While infractions vary, most are for falsifying official documents. “This is by far—by many orders of magnitude—the largest enforcement action ever taken in the history of Canadian citizenship,” Mr. Kenney told reporters in Montreal. News of the scoundrel chase spread quickly causing about 1,800 applicants to immediately withdraw their applications, no doubt to avoid possible legal action.
Mr. Kenney said in a statement issued prior to the news conference. “Canadian citizenship is not for sale. We are taking action to strip citizenship and permanent residence status from people who don’t play by the rules and who lie or cheat to become a Canadian citizen.” Bravo Canada!
Furthermore, in Gatineau, one of Quebec’s larger cities with a population around 250,000, the city fathers have compiled a 16-page guide for immigrants. It’s called a “Statement of Values” explaining what the locals expect from newcomers. However, it is more a list of what is not acceptable to the host community. Although the French are considered a tad rude or arrogant, they earn full marks for setting the ground-rules for social harmony. This should have been done in Australia some time ago.
The guide ranges from bribing officials, a piece on “honour killings” down to cooking smelly foods. The section, “Children are our most precious good,” warns that “excessive punishments, corporal and sexual abuse, confinement, neglect, forced labour, humiliation, wilful malnutrition,” among other things are not tolerated. It also says that people have a right in Canada to disagree or even criticize the government but says religion is a private affair and religious indoctrination is “often not well perceived,” and violence is not justified in the name of “ancestral rights.” The latest federal government’s citizenship guide says Canada’s “openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, ‘honour killings,’ female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence.”
NEWS: The Daily Telegraph, 14/9/12.
A SYDNEY sheik accused of involvement in the barbaric “genital circumcision” of sisters aged 6 and 7 is alleged to have told his Muslim community to lie about its widespread practice.
The children remain with their parents. A NSW police detective said, “It may seem a contradiction to say that when the parents are facing such serious charges. But they are not in any danger of any physical abuse.” Surely he was misquoted. Surely this is tacit acceptance of behaviour repugnant and barbaric to Australians, if not most of the human race?
Child Abuse Squad detectives have investigated the allegations against the 44-year-old father and 42-year-old mother and charged them under Section 306(4) of the Criminal Code. It will be alleged the couple arranged for female genital circumcision to be performed on their one-year-old daughter and took her overseas for the procedure. This is pure insanity!
Senator Helen Kroger said the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne saw 600-700 women a year who suffered genital mutilation.
Quebec’s Statement of Values also deals with “Hygiene, Cleanliness, and Quality of Life.” The guide says respecting others extends to curtailing smells like cigarette smoke and “strong odours emanating from cooking.”
It’s not that Australia has an “anything goes” policy, or lack of policy but it does lack will to favour Australian customs. When immigrants become Australian citizens they pledge an oath Officially called the “Pledge of Commitment”:
From this time forward, under God,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose lawsI will uphold and obey.
All new citizens have the choice of making the pledge with or without the words ‘under God’.
Surely, that constitutes a contract with the government of Australia whereby violators may have their citizenship revoked. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Legislators could easily give teeth to that oath making it a useful tool and a last resort. In the meantime, Australia could send a message to the world that Australian citizenship is most valuable and not something to be bought or obtained fraudulently. We should launch that message by following Canada’s lead ASAP.