THE AUSTRALIAN MODERN FAMILY
My little family of four was born in Australia.
Me, my husband and two kids – our all-native-born outfit is now in the minority in the nation’s most populous state of New South Wales.
The latest census figures for the state show that just 48 per cent of families have two Australian-born parents. (In 2006, the figure was 50 per cent.)
Not only that, more than a third of children living in NSW have two foreign-born parents, and they’re most likely to be English, Chinese or Indian.
Yes, the face of Australia is changing before our eyes.
Winner 2008 City of Sydney Multicultural Art Competition “Sydney” by Carl Milton.
“It’s really a cultural turning point for us,” Brad Argent from Ancestry.com told The Daily Telegraph. “What we’re seeing now is this huge cultural difference where you’re seeing culturally blended families. But they’re Australian and that’s the wonderful thing.”
Not that everyone agrees.
The comments on this story are eye-opening.
“The Beautifull Australia that some of us grew up in, is fading very fast…. It will soon be a country of refugees, barbarians and gypsies…. Very sad indeed.”
“Multiculturalism is when nobody feels like it’s their country. Welcome to today’s Australia.”
“You just wait. Give Australia another 50 years and it’ll be just like any other uncivilised country in the world. Poverty, over populated and riddled with crime and violence. Australia is becoming another 3rd world country.”
“I don’t particularly like this as it doesn’t seem like my country any more. On the other hand, as long as people come here and obey our laws it’s okay, but foreigners are over-represented in the criminal population and that makes me angry.”
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