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Australia is changing, and it is not for the best

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What a bonza bloke Scott Morrison is. What a man of the people, a beer-drinking, pie-eating, sport-loving dinkum, dyed-in-the-wool Aussie. I mean, what would we do without him setting standards as he did this week? What an unruly mob we would all be otherwise, respecting the sensitivities of our Indigenous people by eschewing citizenship ceremonies on a day that marks the invasion of their country and subsequent genocide at white settlers’ hands. Why, if he didn’t tell us otherwise, new Australians might adopt the country’s national dress code of boardies and thongs at their swearing in ceremonies. I mean, the man has saved us from virtual anarchy! All hail our saviour!

What does it really mean to be Australian?Credit:Peter Braig

Of course, I am talking out my butt here – as is our current PM. In fact, this week as ScoMo set his standards, thus rattling the hornet’s nest of xenophobia and racism that is at the base of the Coalition’s stringent immigration laws, I decided I would check out just what home affairs is telling potential Australians about this country and downloaded its “our common bond” research and reference material.

And while it was all a pretty perfunctory overview of our history, voting system and way of life, I did find a few furphies, which I feel it is my duty as an Australian citizen to clarify to those who wish to be. So, here goes:

We are proud to live in a peaceful........

© The Sydney Morning Herald