Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Application of 'Rules' Lacks Common Sense

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Application of 'Rules' Lacks Common Sense

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REPORTS this week that if indigenous culture were 24-hours old, white settlement would represent five minutes of that time bring into stark focus issues of citizenship, border protection and Australian values.

Archaeologists have at Kakadu discovered evidence the First Australians not only arrived 65,000 years ago but have maintained cultural continuity from that point, exposing the arrogance of terra nullius and the colonialism that drove their brutal dispossession.

And it makes an absolute mockery of the conceit and petty ignorance and unwillingness to accept Australia's real roots that not only condemns First Australians to inferior status to this day but now presumes to impose itself on who should and should not remain in this country and have access to full rights of citizenship.

Greens Senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters have stood down from the Senate this past week not because they don't hold true allegiance to this country, but because of a Constitution founded less than five minutes ago in that 24-hour context, in the Parliament of a nation that usurped the possession of our First Australians.

Ludlam chose Australia in his teens as his country of choice. Waters was born in Canada of Australian parents, returning home before she was a one-year-old only to now find herself trapped by a Canadian law - changed two weeks before her birth - which automatically gave her a citizenship of which she was unaware.

It has meant that the citizenship rules of Canada and New Zealand have ultimately determined the fate of two Australians elected as representatives of our democracy.

That makes as much sense as those who now look to nit pick over "rules" that surely never intended to have that consequence.

The affair and those who now seek to score advantage from it simply act to further underline the abject state of politics in this country that every day sees more people seeking out anything other than more of the same.

Former Maroochydore rugby league player and construction worker Roy Orchard is another now subject to the cruel application of a citizenship test increasingly being used as a form of irrational punishment in the name of border control. …

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