Saturday, October 21, 2006

And now, a note from... the Treasurer.

Notes from an interview by Tony Jones on 'Lateline' on the 23 August 2005;

"...this is a country, which is founded on a democracy. According to our Constitution, we have a secular state. Our laws are made by the Australian Parliament. If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you. This is not the kind of country where you would feel comfortable if you were opposed to democracy, parliamentary law, independent courts and so I would say to people who don't feel comfortable with those values there might be other countries where they'd feel more comfortable with their own values or beliefs..."

"...But there are some clerics who have been quoted as saying they recognise two laws. They recognise Australian law and Sharia law. There's only one law in Australia, it's the Australian law. For those coming to Australia, I think we ought to be very clear about that. We expect them to recognise only one law and to observe it.

Now, for those who are born in Australia, I'd make the same point. This is a country which has a Constitution. Under its Constitution, the state is secular. Under its constitution, the law is made by the parliament. Under its Constitution, it's enforced by the judiciary. These are Australian values and they're not going to change and we would expect people, when they come to Australia or if they are born in Australia, to respect those values...."

"...we can't be ambivalent about this point. Australia has one law, Australia has a secular state and anybody who teaches to the contrary doesn't know Australia and anybody who can't accept that, can't accept something that is fundamental to the nature of our society...."

"...where a person has dual citizenship, Tony, it might be possible to ask them to exercise that other citizenship where they could just as easily exercise a citizenship of another country..."
And from what I see and hear the vast majority of Australians (native-born or immigrant) support what the Treasurer has said. (We do see what is happening in europe - particularly France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden).

2 Comments:

Blogger pumuckl said...

Phil, I'd love to read your say about the "uncovered meat" statement... hope there will be a post soon :-)

Monday, October 30, 2006 1:30:00 am  
Blogger Phil said...

Good point C. Post coming soon. The last month, and especially this last week have been very hectic - new job and all.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 9:06:00 pm  

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