I fear for my country. I fear for Australia. Australia is not the country where I was born but it is the country that gave me and my family asylum after the destruction of World War 2 and the ensuing Civil war that for us extended the hostilities for another 2 years.
We dedicated ourselves to a new start, leaving behind a lost, beloved land and the few surviving family members and friends. The pain of making a new home alone in a new country where everything was strange including the food and language was compensated by the knowledge that here in Australia, ‘the land of the free’ we would be able to rebuild our lives and homes and we, of that era happily made new friends and adopted the easy Australian lifestyle of tossing ‘another prawn on the barby’ alongside with other nationalities.
Now, as we welcome the New Year 2017, many committed citizens; those people who migrated to the new land and worked hard long hours, days, months and years to help develop Australia to become the “Lucky Country” can see a resurgence of the climate that caused so much heartache; so much loss and destruction in the past, in another continent.
The threat to our stability comes not from another country or even another continent wanting to annex Australia – but from a geopolitical ideology that has already infiltrated deep into all western countries.
It is the deadly enemy of democracy and western cultures.