Whenever I travel overseas, which is very often nowadays, I often meet people who tell me “You are so lucky you live in Australia,” or variations of this. I always ask them “Why do you say that?”
I am then told that because Australia was settled by the English, it has inherited an ‘English’ sensibility, and they are very polite people aren’t they? Nothing could be further from the truth. A musician friend of mine, Peter Milley, often referred to Australian culture as “convictism”. The concept can best be illustrated by real life incidents of life in Australia which have occurred over the past five years.
*My mail was redirected by my local post office (where I have owned a property for 30 years!) because I was a “wog” and ‘I should go back to where I came from.’
*When I owned an investment property in a country town, a local police member falsified a document on behalf of a neighbour I had never met and attempted to use it to force me to sell my house. I was later advised this was also because I was a “wog”, and “wogs” weren’t welcome in Australia.
*My name is too difficult to pronounce and I should anglicise my name to ‘fit in better’ (sic).
It should be noted that Australia was settled by convicts and the British military. Civil order was maintained by a police force which was comprised of the best behaved convicts. The bashing of Corrina Horvath shows how the police have behaved in the past.
Government services that are failing are but one of the many hazards of living in Australia. The unsophisticated nature of the local population drawn mainly from the British Isles surprises and disappoints the uninitiated or people from other more polite societies. For example:- I always sent hand written letters to friends and associates for their birthdays or Christmas, these letters are usually sealed with wax.
…but I don’t remember ever having a written letter sent to me, ever, much less sealed with wax!
At a dinner party hosted by me I have had a woman Ph.D and former vice principal of one of the best public schools in Melbourne, attack her partner in front of my 13 year old daughter for merely adding a friend on Facebook!
In short life in ‘the colonies’ is quite barbarous and severe. Impoliteness is treasured and understood to be quite normal. My Japanese wife refuses to live in Australia, to be honest I can hardly blame her.