Immigration Refugees and Islam – Vickie Janson
When recruiting employees for any company, consultants understand that it’s not simply a matter of identifying the appropriate skill, knowledge and experience of the applicant, but making sure they understand the culture of the organization and looking for the right fit for that culture to ensure a long term placement. How much more should this apply when we are selecting future citizens for a nation?
Every staff selection process requires discrimination of some kind whether it is discriminating against those less skilled, less knowledgeable or experienced, or less likely to ‘fit in’ with existing employees, management or company norms. It is only ‘unfair discrimination’ if the selection is not based on these legitimate concerns for the overall good. The recruitment process is about adding benefit to the organization, not just about giving a person a job. There are always people who can do a job but it is quite a different matter to find people who will add social capital to the existing culture and positive outcomes for the bottom line of the company. The same is true with immigration.
We believe Australia has a two-fold responsibility:
- To be concerned for the needy of the world who seek refuge in Australia
- To be concerned for maintaining the free, equal democracy we enjoy. Immigration should add to Australia’s social capital and economic future rather than be a drain on it.
It is unfair discrimination to reject anyone because of his or her race, ethnicity or religion. But it is not unfair to reject people because they hold a set of beliefs that will undermine the freedoms, equality, human rights or Rule of law that ensure a safe and peaceful shared existence for all.
Australian Christians believe we need to take stock of what is happening around the world and be cautious about those who come from nations or worldviews where ‘westernization’ is considered something not to be emulated but despised. Those wishing to resettle should have a genuine appreciation of western values, norms and laws and a discernable commitment to embrace these.
In order to avoid parallel societies and segregated enclaves immigration should be limited to immediate family only; mum, dad and children. There is a great degree of sacrifice and commitment required for the nuclear family to come without extended family, however this is a sacrifice many immigrants have made and this should encourage greater participation in the broader community and therefore a future generation better integrated.
Taxpayers should not carry the financial burdens associated with supporting aged parents who have not contributed to the tax pool, nor the medical expenses incurred as a consequence of abnormalities in children from first cousin marriages so prevalent in the UK today. For healthier children, these cultural practices should be discouraged.
With a worldwide revival of the concept of Islam as a supranation state sitting upon many waters (Khalifah) with its own values, laws (sharia) and policy known to be theologically based in classical Islam, it is necessary to ensure that those desiring to resettle in Australia do in fact support the values, freedoms laws and sovereignty that make this nation so desirable.
Freedom of belief and freedom of speech are critical values that need to be upheld in Australia and therefore it is imperative that new arrivals understand that Islamic apostasy laws, which forbid a Muslim to change their religion, and Islamic blasphemy laws which forbid criticism of Islam, cannot be fostered here. New arrivals must acknowledge that these sharia standards cannot be imposed in Australia and that they are a breach of basic human rights. People who cherish the Islamic faith must learn to handle criticism of it in the same way that other faiths have learnt to do this. And they must accept that family members may choose an alternative path if they so desire without fear of retribution.
Children in Australian primary schools should be required to wear the same uniform as everyone else. It is not a requirement of sharia that Muslim girls wear a veil until reaching puberty and therefore primary schools should not have this issue at all. Wearing the same as everyone else has an equalizing effect and at this critical time in early childhood when friendships and identity are being formed it is important that young Australians identify as Australians. If it really is a choice to wear a veil or not then children should not be making that choice until they have to as a young adult.
Policies affecting the Islamic community:
- Face coverings in Australia will be banned. Australia is characterized by its open and transparent nature and the shortest distance between any two people is a smile. Integration must be fostered and facial recognition is also important not just for security purposes but for building trust and genuine friendships.
- As an initiative of the Muslim Brotherhood to undermine western markets and economies, there will be no room for sharia finance in Australia. Australian Industry standards will be the only standard.
- All halal (Islamically) slaughtered meat and other halal products will be clearly labeled so that Australians have a choice as to whether to support halal certification costs. These act as an additional tax and should not be imposed upon the majority. Halal should be revised to be user/pay; Those few wanting halal should be the ones who pay for it.
- Government funding of Islamic centres, especially in secular Universities, will cease. There will be a review of all literature being generated from these centres by independent scholars.
- The Curriculum Project Learning From One Another; Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian schools will be recalled for assessment by independent scholars. Differences between Australian law and sharia law should be highlighted in educational materials in order to promote the rule of Australian law.
- In the interest of social inclusion, Muslim only prayer rooms in public institutions will be replaced by prayer rooms open to all Australians wishing to use them.
- Imams willfully conducting polygamous marriages contrary to Australian law should be prosecuted and banned from leadership roles in the mosques. All mosque marriages must also be registered with the state.
- The Australian government will be lobbied to promote the dismantling of the current international campaign to criminalize speech against Islam by the OIC. The virtues of freedom of speech and how this has contributed to the peace and prosperity of the free world should be implanted firmly in the public space.
- A program of genuine reciprocity should be developed whereby mosques being built in Australia should be in line with the building of churches, synagogues or non-Muslim places of worship in Islamic nations currently forbidding such development.
- With regard to immigration from Islamic nations, preference will be given to persecuted minorities.
Refugees and Boat Arrivals:
Temporary protection Visa’s (TPV) should be granted to those determined as genuine asylum seekers as quickly as possible in order that they can participate in normal Australian community life until such time as it is safe for them to return to their home country.
President Karzai has indicated that Afghanistan needs its people to return in order to rebuild the nation – as do other nations in conflict at the moment.
Care should be taken to establish the integrity of asylum claims and the state of mind of the applicant. A balance between the duty of care to the individual and to society at large must be maintained.
In order to deter people from making the dangerous journey from Indonesia by boat, boat arrivals should be returned to Indonesia and a processing facility established there staffed by UNHCR and Australian officials. In order to encourage use of a safe and authorized means of entry into Australia and the refugee camps where others are waiting, arrival by boat should automatically disqualify arrivals for any future claim to citizenship in Australia. Once assessed they may still qualify for TPV’s until the time comes for a safe return to their home or neighboring country willing to accommodate them.