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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2345

Australia and its Tamils

Further to my previous post and in response to earlier postings by others, I wish to make the following points about Australia.
I agree that Australia has had, and still has, a disgraceful record as far as its indigenous citizens is concerned. This must be rectified if we are to regard ourelves as a truly democratic and non-discriminatory country. Australia is not a 'white' country. It is multicultural, having citizens from almost all countries of the world. They embrace all different races, ethnic groups and religions. Although the majority of Australians claim to be Christian, equal rights are given to all religions. There is no State Religion.
As far as the Australian Government is concerned, there are no known terrorist groups freely operating in Australia. Some people may have slipped through the net but, if they are found to be terrorists or supporting proscribed terrorist groups, they will be detained and/or deported.
There are many Tamil refugees living in Australia. They had to pass stringent Immigration tests to prove that they were victims of persecution in their own country or that their lives would be in danger should they return. The Tamil/Australians would have had to pass this test. Refugee status is not granted lightly, as many claimants still living in our Immigration Detention Centres will tell you. It takes two to tango, so the Tamil Tigers are obviously not the only, so called, terrorists in Sri Lanka. The Tamils in Australia are victims of State terrorism.
The problems of Sri Lanka are not the blame of either the Sinhalese or Tamils. These problems were inherited from the former colonial masters. The blame lays at the feet of the British with their policy of 'divide and rule'.
As a Buddhist, I hope that the majority of Sinhalese may heed the Buddha's words: "Hatreds do not cease by hatreds in this world, but by love alone do they cease" "Victory breeds hatred; the defeated live in pain. Happily the peaceful live; giving up both victory and defeat."

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