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Encouraging assimilation

13 October 2018

9:00 AM

13 October 2018

9:00 AM

The bedrock of a successful society is formed by common language, common values, and common goals. When societies lose sight of this then the bedrock is eroded and societies break down. Time and time again we have seen the corrosive effect large-scale migration has on the bedrock of cohesive societies.

We can see it in Europe as the millions of economic migrants have been shipped in by dishonest governments under the guise of humanitarian refugee programs which have changed the very fabric of traditional European society.

Billions of dollars have been spent by governments around the world seeking to minimise the negative impacts, such as terrorism and rising violent crime, of these massive, poorly vetted waves of immigration.

Australia could avoid the problem altogether by dramatically reducing the overall number of immigrants allowed into the country each year by introducing a zero-net immigration policy.

I strongly believe that the majority of Australians disagree with the reckless ‘big Australia, at any cost’ policy Labor, the Liberals and the Australian Greens hold. This is why I have pushed for a plebiscite to be held in conjunction with the next federal election to give all Australians a say on the matter.

However this is a minority view in the parliament and as a result, it is important that further measures are implemented to protect the fabric of Australia’s society and maintain what is unique and beautiful about our way of life.

I propose we take protective measures in the form of an assimilation program. Some treat assimilation as a dirty word but it shouldn’t be. It is simply the process through which we can ensure people from different backgrounds are able to live together with a common language, common values and common goals.

A comprehensive assimilation program would function in an holistic manner. One aspect would be a dramatic strengthening of the requirements for Australian citizenship, as I have proposed in my Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Commitments for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2018 which is currently before the Senate.

These measures would include, but are not limited to, an increase to a minimum of eight years of permanent residency prior to citizenship; much more rigorous English language testing; and the requiring of prospective citizens to sign an Australian values statement.

Enacting common sense measures such as these would help reduce the negative effects resulting from our current lacklustre system.

Stronger English language tests alone would help reduce the problem of ethnic enclaves where a lack of strong English skills have no doubt contributed to what amounts to government supported self-segregation.

The number of Australians who cannot speak English well, or not at all, is quickly growing to over one million. By not requiring new migrants to be proficient in English we are putting them and their children at a significant disadvantage. Without proficient English skills, they will be less likely to obtain the basic education which we want for all our children and will be more likely to wind up contributing to the escalating cost of the welfare system.

Recently Prime Minister Scott Morrison asked me to provide evidence of my claim that in 2016-17, the government issued some 40,000 permanent visas to people born in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East.

I sent the PM’s office the spreadsheet, with information sourced from the Department of Home Affairs, showing the break up by country of the 291,975 permanent visas issued to people from Africa and the Middle East in the past decade. I haven’t heard back.

With Australia issuing so many visas to people from countries with vastly different customs and practices to our own, we are not doing enough to ensure unacceptable customs and practices are discontinued.

A comprehensive assimilation program would also look to address the unique issues related to Australia’s refugee intake. I believe Australia is overly generous with our intake. We go above and beyond, while other countries closer geographically and culturally to troubled regions continually fail to do their fair share. However, much like my desire to limit our net migration, this is also a minority view in parliament. As a result, other measures to limit any long-term negative effects must also be looked at.

Unlike other migrants, refugees are not required to possess the same levels of English proficiency or possess skills to fill shortages in employment. This means without assistance those from a refugee background are more likely to become isolated from broader Australia and a burden on our already strained welfare system.

Australia should look to countries like Denmark, which requires migrants in isolated ethnic enclaves to send their children to mandatory day care, for a minimum of 30 hours a week, so that they can participate in a course on Danish values. This includes issues such as gender equality, community participation and co-responsibility. The Danish government has also proposed a possible four-year prison sentence for immigrant parents who take their children on extended visits to their country of origin, in a way that the government says, compromises the children’s schooling, language and wellbeing.

Children are a focal point for immigration policy because they learn languages faster, make friends more easily and more rapidly adapt to their new culture and customs. Let’s face it, children don’t just shape our future, they are the future.

Australia would be wise to consider a similar program for our refugee communities. One Nation’s immigration policy is one of fairness and common sense and can be found on our website. I want fewer immigrants, but that is not to say I am anti-immigrant, because I recognise the invaluable contribution of migrants who have embraced our way of life and sought not to change it.

We will be doing new migrants and refugee communities a grave disservice if we continue to go soft on them. Not only that — if we don’t take stronger action to encourage assimilation and promote Australian values, then we will be doing a grave injustice to future generations.

The Australian way of life has to be protected and promoted if we are to be able to hand it down to our children and their grandchildren.

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