Scott Morrison has introduced into the immigration debate the concept of ‘country shopping’, said in a sneering way, to imply the Falun Gong Ten have no right to be uncertain whether New Zealand or Australia is the better country to live and raise kids in.
He suggests by his tone that country shopping is a bad thing, done by bad people.
But Julia Gillard’s parents were country shoppers. Joe Hockey’s. Tony Abbott’s. Alexander Downer’s. Sophie Mirabella’s. Malcolm Turnbull’s mother. Natasha Stott-Despoja’s father. Ben Chifley’s grandfather. Bob Hawke and Malcolm Fraser and Kim Beazley when they went to Oxford. Kevin Rudd when he went to Scandinavia. Tanya Plibersek’s parents. Nicola Roxon’s grandparents. The German ancestors of Nick Minchin. Mike Rann’s parents, who first thought to go to Rhodesia, and decided instead on New Zealand. Spike Milligan, who migrated from India to South London to Woy Woy. Peter Finch, who migrated from India to Australia to England and then America and became an American citizen. Googie Withers. Richard Pratt. Bob Dyer. Don Lane. The New Zealanders Bruce Spence, Jack Davey, Fred Hollows, Sam Neill and Russell Crowe. The Rhodesians Hugo Weaving and Tony Llewellyn Jones. The Dutchmen Paul Cox and Rolf de Heer. The West Indian Andrew Symonds. Mary Gilmore and all the Australian socialists who went to Patagonia. Henry Lawson’s Norwegian father. Ned Kelly’s mother and father. All the Potato famine Irish who came here. Tom Keneally’s great grandparents. Les Murray’s great grandparents. My Jewish, English, Scottish and Indian great grandparents. My wife’s English and Scottish great-grandparents. All the Jews who went to Israel after World War Two. All the Syrians fleeing to Turkey now. All the Jews who came in the nineteenth and twentieth century to New York. All the Poles who fled to England and fought in the RAF. Albert Einstein. Sigmund Freud. The Jewish parents of Ed Milliband. Winston Churchill’s mother. Robert Hughes who went to America and Clive James and Geoffrey Robertson and Cathy Lette and Germaine Greer and John Pilger and Peter Porter and Keith Michel and Robert Helpmann who went to England to seek and find their fortune and, sometimes, change the world.
What is Scott Morrison talking about?
What is he talking about?
Is he mad?
Does he not know that out of war and civil war and persecution and poverty for these last five thousand years impelled and suffering people have gone country shopping? Like those Moses led out of Egypt, and the Polynesians who came in small boats out of South America to the Pacific islands. Like the Germans who came from the wreckage of the Third Reich to the Barossa Valley, and the Ukrainians who came to the Snowy River.
Against this human tendency, is he? Against this human inevitability? Against this human right?
Will he apologize to all these people please? All these heroes he has libelled?
Will he admit he has talked like a fascist and resign?