Whomever wrote that load of drivel for him should take a course in logic
and then goes on to talk about inherently limitating freedom...
patriotism is not xenophobia, but i love how most folk can't separate the two precepts
Real or fictitious I don't see how the fundamental message in that 'load of drivel' is in anyway Xenophobic although this sentence is surely confusing the two - Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.
Xenophobia, as I'm sure you're aware, is an unwarranted and baseless fear of anything or anyone foreign but if you look past the first few sentences to the underlying message, this is merely addressing the concept that if you choose to move to a country you should accept that country, it's beliefs, traditions and values. Or at the very least you shouldn't bitch about them as you were the one who chose it, not the other way around.
Accept of course isn't the same as adopt.
It doesn't sound to me as if anyone is being denied the right to have their own beliefs, values and lifestyle but if you find the beliefs, lifestyles, traditions etc of your adopted country so offensive then perhaps you should go somewhere else. After all, if you really find Christianity offensive then perhaps you shouldn't move to a predominantly Christian country.
If you don't like Thai food - don't move to Thailand.
Seems straight-forward enough to me and if you've ever been to Canada where they no longer are allowed to say the Lord's Prayer in school for fear of offending some minority group but where Sikh students are allowed to carry Kirpan - ceremonial daggers to class, you would recognize political correctness gone mad.
I say 'Good on yer' to any political figure with the balls to stand up for his country, its citizens and their way of life against overly vocal minority groups who figure that the country must change and adapt to their way of life or be accused of being racist and oppressive.
Even though apparently Rudd actually didn't.
When we moved to Canada we didn't expect everyone to start calling each other 'mate' and eating fish 'n' chps out of newspaper just because we'd arrived. We didn't write to complain to our MP's about the extensive baseball coverage and the lack of real 'football' on the t.v. We didn't take offense to the Lords prayer at the start of the day even though we weren't really religious.
The basic message here is this 'be willing to accept and adapt and we will accept you and your beliefs but don't expect us to adopt them - you came to us not the other way around'. We will accept you but your arrival isn't going to change our culture, our lifestyle or our heritage.
I don't see a problem with that.