Fair Dinkum.

It is a touchy subject and more or less the ongoing social and political battle that Australia has come to recognise – the age of Multiculturalism – and has racial divides cementing themselves between the White Australian stereotype, and the the many races that stand outside of it.

Welcome to Australia, 2012.

Last January, I purchased a set of car flags for my little white Lancer and installed them on my windows where they were free to dance in the wind of my suburban errands. It took less than an hour for them to completely fly off from their attachments, and embark on their own journey, but I felt proud for the limited amount of minutes that I had them on display. I felt more Australian; more in love with the idea of loving Australia.

Now, the familiar tradition of dressing my car up for Australia Day is coming to its decline, with labels and accusations of alleged racism being thrown about in the air like the flags themselves.

According the Univeristy of Western Australia, a recent study has concluded that Australians who choose to fly the flags on their cars, are more likely to be racist towards other cultures. Typically, those who show their pride in this way, are being accused of showing indecency and ignorance to the Aboriginal, Muslim and Asian decedents.

Their proof?

“And an overwhelming 91 per cent of people with car flags agreed that people who move to Australia should adopt Australian values, compared with 76 per cent of non-flaggers,” Professor Fozdar told The Age.

As I sit here writing this, I flicker my mind back to the moment where I had handed my gold coin over to the Asian woman behind the counter at the local discount store. She was smiling as she gave the flags to me, happy to be a part of the Australia Day tradition; she had them on a stand on her counter, promoting them for every customer who walked in her door. I even patted her furry Koala that sat by the register, on the way out. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t track down her car and look for the flag itself, but this multicultural and happy woman seemed confident in celebrating the pride with me.

What disturbs me more, is this:

 “In terms of nationalism, 88 per cent of those with Australia Day car flags said they thought it showed they were proud to be Australian, while only 52 per cent of those without flags thought so”.

If flying an Australian flag is not showing pride in the country, then what is? Taking them down certainly isn’t.

And now I leave you with this one last thought. When December finally rolls around, and you are getting ready to put up your bedazzling christmas tree, and doll up your house with fairy lights, will you have reindeer ears on your car?

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Author:Cassie McBlane

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9 Comments on “Fair Dinkum.”

  1. January 25, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Thanks for posting this,

    If a white person so much as vaguely makes a statement suggesting they have pride in any aspect of their identity (eg, their nationality, their cultural heritage or their skin colour etc) they are instantly labelled as racist. The problem is we don’t even have a clear definition of racism. Last time I checked loving your nation was desirable because it encourages people engage meaningfully in the social, political and cultural life of ones country. Also, the White Australia policy was introduced in 1901 to encourage national unity after the formation of Australia by using the tried and true method of “them versus us”. While it’s easy for us to sit back and judge the people at the time who introduced such measures as racist or bigotted, it is also easy to forget the the threat of civil unrest and even civil war at the time was very real to the leaders at the time. What if a state rose up in armed rebelion against federation? It would have been irresponsible at the time for the government in 1901 not to have taken steps to nurture national unity and identity.

    I’m not saying what they did was the best solution, but I suspect everyone who cries racist hasn’t got a better idea of what they could have done differently under the circumstances back in 1901. So yes, the White Australia policy was wise, sage and beneficial for the country in 1901, but it is not a contradiction for me to say it would be inappropriate and destructive if applied in 2012.

  2. James Hill
    January 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    It’s amazing that asking immigrant populations to assimilate and integrate is now considered evidence of racism. Almost all of these complaints come from the extreme left of Australian politics, who seem to harbour some serious white guilt issues. Yes, racism exists in Australia, as it does in every country in the world, but Australian people as a whole make an effort to welcome people of other nations and cultures. It’s not enough though, for the fringe element obsessed with finding racism everywhere they look. They’re happy to seize on any bit of expressed pride as evidence of fiendish racism, which of course can only be combated with more study and research grants.

    • January 31, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      Well said. If “desiring people who move to Australia to adopt Australian values” is now the definition of racist, well then dammit, looks like I’m racist and proud.

  3. January 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    The study also found that the world is flat, the pope is a catholic and there are more teeth in an Allen’s party mix than in the Collingwood cheer squad

  4. January 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I suppose for as long as we live in a country that deems itself a “People’s country” then we are going to have to adjust to the ways in which we are seen to be racist. That includes having pride in our own country, at least lately anyway. Will it get to the point when we will be forced to take down our Aussie flags from our front yard flagpoles?
    What happened to multiculturalism in Australia, because as far as I’m concerned, people saying car flags should be prohibited are not multicultural.

    • January 30, 2012 at 11:12 am #

      Funny, since this article (and the one it sources) was published, I’ve seen more people around last week with flags on their cars than any other year. Rebellion perhaps? 🙂

  5. May 19, 2013 at 9:07 am #

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