What does it mean to be Australian?
Here, in Australia, we have a couple of current affairs programmes.
One is called Today Tonight and the other is simply called A Current Affair. They are both on every weekday evening after the news at 6.30 PM. One is on Channel 7 and the other on Channel 9.
They like a bit of a scandal, you know, the real price of milk, plastic surgery nightmares, school bus dangers, exploding TV’s, that kind of thing.
I’m not making it up, you can check the headlines for each of these programs here….
I have never seen either show, ever. I certainly wouldn’t have seen last Thursday’s Today Tonight show, because last Thursday was Australia Day and the day I became an Australian citizen.
Had I decided to go home and watch TV after my historic day, instead of celebrating wildly down my local sports club, I would’ve seen the programme’s special report on migration in Australia.
In this short video you will discover what it means to be Australian, what some of the experts think of Australia’s migration program and what some migrants think of living here.
Unfortunately the video, which was called ‘Australia’s new and changing face’, has now been taken down from YouTube. Here’s a reasonably good replacement though…
On the original video though, you would have seen certain numbers being thrown around. 243,000 long-term arrivals to Australia last year. A current population of 22,813,500. On track for 35.5 million population by 2056.
Some experts are saying we have too many migrants, other experts say this is simply not the case.
Migrants leaving Australia
But if we go back to the previous day, that’s January 25, 2012, Today Tonight ran a different article, this one about migrants leaving Australia.
‘The latest figures show that migrants are leaving the country in record numbers.’ starts the article.
You can read the full article here, although I’m not sure it’s worth it.
It tells the story of a plumber who came here and went straight back when he found out that he would have to retrain to get Australian qualifications.
And a travel agent from the USA who decided to go back after 10 years. Among the reasons given, she states “Movies take like three months to get here and there’s nothing to do at night.”
Has she never heard of Scrabble? Or charades? I Spy? Doesn’t she have a piano?
Right, I’m off to the club for a beer.