Anonymous asked: Do you like living in Australia? I've always wanted to go there
ummmm…. This is more of a loaded question than you would think.
On one hand, currently we have a slightly adequate welfare system, mostly universal healthcare, and almost totally accessible tertiary education. Our minimum wage isn’t shit. Many workers have the right to unionise. We have the right to protest and organise. We have some seriously beautiful landscape which I have only seen about 1/4 of at this point. Most people live relatively close to some kind of beach, so there is a real beach culture here. I’m a single parent, and I am currently doing my PhD - an option that wouldn’t be available to so many people in other parts of the world - not to say it has come easy. There are times I break because navigating welfare and every other thing is fucking time consuming and painful. And that all seems wonderful and Idyllic, but
Australia is incredibly fucking racist. At the moment our elected government is running a xenophobic hate campaign to try to distract people from their budget failures. It has resulted in several hate attacks towards the Muslim community - with my own state being the worst offender.
That doesn’t surprise me at all because I have olive skin and Queensland has always done a great job at making me feel shit about that.
Our current government has proposed a Healthcare co-pay, meaning we would need to pay to see a GP when once it was covered by medicare. This is a move that many people could not afford.
Our treatment of refugees and asylum seekers is fucking HEINOUS and contravenes the UN’s convention on providing asylum to people. the government just signed a deal to send them to fucking CAMBODIA.
Our treatment of Our Indigenous population is EVEN WORSE. It is actually sickening. Indigenous Australians are…. google something called the intervention, stolen generation. I have a few friends who are Indigenous who I either grew up with or went to uni with. The mates I went to uni with - listening to their experiences AT uni is horrifying. Many of them have walked out of classes because of the racist bullshit their white classmates were spewing out. They are constantly told they are druggie alcoholics dependant on welfare and unwilling to work. White Australia doesn’t want to listen to them. White Australia wants to fucking OWN them. I just cant. This is a Wonderful Youtube Video to watch
Do I like LIVING in australia? I am grateful for the opportunities I have been afforded. I love I can protest. I love my friends. I love our landscape. But it has never felt like my home because of my skin colour. It’s a wonderful place to visit, and I am sure you would love it if you came. In Queensland, Mount Tamborine is my favourite place, and our beaches are gorgeous. depending on where you go you will see wild koalas, emus, roos, wallabies… you name it. Kookaburra’s, cockatoos, galahs, kingfishers, lorikeets. The Northern Territory is amazing (please don’t climb Uluru if you go there. Sure, others do it - but it is disrespectful). there are these hot springs near Katherine - Mataranka Hot Springs, and Fire flies come out at dusk. so magical.
We have our problems. It’s worth a visit. I love my country.. I just have no respect for it, personally.
audacioussoleil asked: Somebody else on tumblr who lives through the 90's...I thought I was the only one. Thank you.
You’re welcome! There are LOADS of us I think though!!!
If my dash on my primary is anything to go by at least =D