Well Done Oz (Again)
A few months ago I wrote a short post praising the good sense shown by the Australian government, now I find myself having to do it again. If they keep going like this all sensible people will want to live there!
Prime Minister John Howard, Treasurer Peter Costello and Education Minister Brendan Nelson have dealt with rising religious fanaticism in a typical direct, in-your-face, down to earth Aussie manner. Apparently some Muslim clerics have been trying get Sharia law recognised and have been teaching that there are two laws, Australian law and Muslim law.
Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, said that radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state and its laws were made ONLY by 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," he said on national television.
Nelson told reporters:
"Basically, people who don't want to be Australians, and they don't want to live by Australian values and understand them, well then they can basically clear off."
Howard angered Muslim clerics by voicing his support for monitoring of mosques to ensure extremist terrorism was not being planned. Here are some further quotes the Aussie politicians made.
“Immigrants, not australians, must adapt. Take it or leave it, I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture.”
“This is our country, our land and our lifstyle, we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining and griping, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, the right to leave!"
“If you aren't happy here then leave. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country you chose.”
Clearly both Bush and Blair could learn from these simple statements but I bet they won’t.
All I can say is:
“Well done Australia”