Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bully, Noun: a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.

The Australian government is currently creating new legislation to increase the power of schools to discipline those responsible for bullying.

"Parents are entitled to expect their child is safe at school and that teachers and principals have the authority to ensure a strong learning environment. We want to provide teachers and principals with the necessary support for their essential work."

Mr Howard had said in a recent interview on Australian Radio.

Shouldn't all children regardless of race and Creed feel safe, loved and cared for.. Not just in schools. Children the world over, should be free from violence and fear of persecution. Why stop at children, should not everyone walking the face of the earth be free, from bullies, people who pray upon smaller and weaker people, to make themselves look stronger and tougher…

Imagine if you will, a family, there homes and lively hoods destroyed by war, facing persecution because they do not have the same ideals of those running the show. That family and their friends and extended family, sacrifice everything to raise the funds for "safe" passage to a country that can offer them hope, a new start, a chance for their children to have an education, their own home, simple dreams, things we take for granted. So they raise the funds, they are crammed onto a "boat," often unhygienic, barely sea worthy, barely room to move as others are crammed in together to make the journey as profitable as possible for the people smugglers.

They are intercepted by Australian coastal patrols, terrified not speaking the language as the ship is boarded, men with guns, yelling and screaming. These people risk it all, all there possessions, their homes and their home country on the dream of Australia, a land with "boundless plains to share" , they are greeted by the armed forces, transferred to offshore facilities such as Nauru, or Papua New Guinea, Women and children included, the defenceless. The people of Australia applaud our "man of steel" for his tough stance on Queue jumpers, stopping all these evil asylum seekers from making off with our jobs, benefits and women.

John Howard played the race card during the last election, claiming refugees were throwing their children into the sea, for sympathy to make the Australian people feel hatred and loathing of the evil foreigners and there unAustralian values, it was all a lie, but he had deniability, incorrect information from advisers. The public bought t and applauded the tough stance the government took, kicking those that couldn’t defend themselves, beating up and easy target.

Bully, Noun: a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.

Who could possibly be better to advise on the topic of bullying.

Usefull links

Debunking the Myths about Asylum Seekers

Facts and Myths

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Blogger Keshi said...


I have no more to add to this...cos I agree with 100%.

Brilliant post!

11:37 PM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

WOW, what an awesome article/blog post here!! Absolutely all ticks and no crosses here.

3:52 AM  
Blogger Angel Without Wings said...

Aidan I worked with a young Vietnamese woman a few years ago who was the sweetest person you could ever wish to meet. She told me of her voyage to Australia when she was only 10 years old in very much the manner you described. Their boat was shot at and children terrorised, can you imagine the trauma this must have caused innocent children who had already experienced hatred and violence in their own country. I must admit that I didn't truly understand their plight until I came face to face with a victim.

Great post. Bullies worldwide should be eradicated post haste.

5:49 AM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

There is no ism like globalism.

Australia is actually quite notorious for being xenophobic.
As a nation built upon immigration Canada is now almost entirely dependent on immigrants for population growth. Unlike the USA where you become an American here you become a hyphenated-Canadian.

I am distressed by this fact but I understand that as a species we aren't ready to abandon all of the categories like country, race, religion etc and just be humans.
Humans are incredibly retarded when it comes to excusing our past and embracing nationhood...all of thoselines on the map are imaginary and every inch of them belonged to some other group along the way.

Chances are better than excellent that humans will not survive each other to get to that Utopian place anyway.

All that we post-immigrant Canadians can hope for is that new Canadians abandon, like our immigrant forefathers did,
all of the superficial traditional crap that they left behind in the country that they were escaping from and adopt our new superficial traditions instead.

All Canadians new and old need to understand that the reason that this secular country works better than the hell hole that they abandoned is because our ancestors left all of that crap at the border!
Canada is a 'do-over' country.

I find it very difficult to talk about this in a PC world without sounding like a racist but actually I am only a poor secularist who is tired of people dragging over their f*cking centuries old religious strife and killing each other here! NFW that is acceptable.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Keshi: thanks it is a disgusting arrangement, especially mandatory detention of children, it makes me ashamed to call myself Australian.

Cazzie: i direct you to the above reply... but thanks for the positive feed back...

angel without wings: I cant even imagine what that must feel like, then imagine what it feels like to get here and be told "sod off the country is full"... Bullies in all forms should be erradicated.

HE: Melbourne is a place in the world where multiculturalism works, best displayed by the amazing food on offer from greek, to italian, to vietnamise, thai, Russian, french, german, nepalese.... making my sself hungry....

Having said that outside of the major centers there is a strong racist undertone, against well anything.

We in Aus are also a nation built in immigration (mostly at her majesties wishes), imigration brings in new skills, creates stronger markets... Imagine Australia in the gold rush, with out the chinese we would be miles behind (they brought most of the tech we used in). The italians in contruction, but now i am rambling.

Racism is an odd one, in part i would suggest that it is infact genetic, evolution through percieved competition, warfare has driven technology and comunication, the internet was designed for destructive purposes.

Multicultrilism works great when everyone makes the effort, leave behind the hatred bring in the tech, parts of the culture and definately the food...

7:06 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

Sometimes Govts have to set harsh rules to keep away illegal immigrants (for all those reasons they give!) but detaining children is quite a difficult thing to digest!


11:05 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Excellent post, Aidan. I agree with you totally. There's just no excuse for any of it. I see a lot of that mindset here in the US - where it's not only okay to bully, but people are praised for it. It's sick and wrong. I hope things change some day.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Keshi: there is a difference between illegal immigrant,asylum seeker and refugee.
Illegal imigrants make only a small proportion of of the influx, and are mostly people breaking the terms of their visa. Refugees, are people who have fled to a neighbouring country and are applying for resettlement in that country, if they are unable to do so, they are refugees, and we have an obligation (moral/legal) to lend assistance.

Assylum Seekers: Differ in that it is impractical to attempt resettlement from a neighbouring country (quite often with similar ideologies, and levels of persecution) so they over leap that step and head for a country that should offer protection (ie. us). Some safe guards are required, medical and pyscological, (ie that .001 % of the pop that is actually involved in terrorism. We have no excuse for our xenophobia.

SHelly: Hypocritical buggers arent we, using bullying to our advantages when it meets our needs... The US, Australia and Canada should be embracing immigration, why not our nations are built on it.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Menchie said...

great post Aidan and very thought provoking. especially as i come from a country known for it's overseas workers. it's a bit better than afghanistan or iraq -- the truth is that countries like yours have a lot to offer in terms of a better quality of life. it's just sad that the way it enforces rules leaves a lot to be desired.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Within Without said...

Great one, Aidan! You're becoming more political all the time, it seems...

A bully is right...

4:39 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Menchie: we do forget just how good we have here in aus. Some people are even ungrateful for all we have.

WW: I try not to be too political, i prefer people to make up their own mind.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Hildegarde said...

Interesting topic, great for a discussion :-), but difficult while blogging.
I think a good way of discussing immigration is thinking of one's country as of one's own home. Refugees are standing before your door. Will you take them in ? How many ? How long will you take care (housing, food, medical care, clothes, ...)of them ? What house rules do you want them to follow ? Do you want them to learn your language ? Do you want them to find a job and work, get independant, build up a life ? etc... Second approach : what if you were a refugee, what would you need and how would you behave ? Then transfer the answers of you and the other inhabitants to the state level and that could/should be the amount of immigrants that can be welcomed + the way they should be helped + the expectations they should adjust to + the amount of tax money used for this. Well, it is a short way to put this but a good basis to work out a system, I think.
And finally : no to bullies.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

**We have no excuse for our xenophobia.

I agree Aidan.


8:00 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Hildegarde: dead on, It needs to go both ways, i couldnt agree more. When people come in i would expect them to attempt to learn the language, find employment, and become part of the society that reached out for them.

As a refugee i would expect some empathy or sympathy and human compassion, from a nation that has so much, it should have so much to give.

8:03 PM  

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