4. What future would you like to see for Australia, and how can you play a part in making this happen?

In future, I would like to see a larger range of multiculturalism and total abolishment of racism.

I DON’T want to see anybody judging people by race or skin colour.

It’s simply because everyone is human. Everybody has a soul. It doesn’t matter what colour skin you have.

I also want to see a range of traditional and modernized look to the city. It may already be traditional and modern, but I would like to see more of a modern section of:

  • more sports grounds
  • more train lines/more public transport access
  • larger buildings in the city/larger shopping complexes. etc.

Also, I would like to see a broader range of sports shown on FREETV. Of course, they show the more popular sports: AFL, cricket, rugby etc.

But they don’t show the sports that are popular overseas: Soccer (english premier league) etc.

Last of all, I would like to see… (drum roll)

NO MORE INFLATION!

The price of everything is rising.

Food, petrol, EVERYTHING!

We need to stop these rising prices.

So how can I play a part in making this happen? hmm. First I’d need to have a lot of power. PRIME MINISTER!

If I were PM, I’d apply for more builders on a higher pay working 24/7 (not really: just full-time) to build new shopping complexes, sports grounds, and public transport!

Abolish racism? I’d put tougher laws in place. If I find out about people racially abusing other people?

DEATH SENTENCE! (not really: just a BIG fine)

HaHa I’d make such a good Prime Minister.

To help stop the prices rising, I’d strive to become the best friend of the Saudi Arabian leader, to let him give us oil/petrol for free! so we can sell petrol at our petrol stations for… 10c a litre!

That’s what I’d like to see in the future of Australia, and that might not be the best way to stop inflation, but yes. It could help.

3. What does Australia mean to you?

Australia is my homeland. Although it is not perfect, I admire a lot of things about it. Australia is home of many famous places which I would like to visit (some which I already have):

Uluru (Ayoers Rock)

Uluru (Ayoers Rock)

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

MCG

MCG/Telstra Dome

Australia is where some of the great performing music artists came from:

  • Kylie Minogue
  • Silverchair
  • Wolfmother

Australia is great for almost everything:

  • Sport
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing etc.

Australia is a place that as many as 21 million people call their home.

Australia is the biggest island country in the world.

Australia is a multicultural nation which accepts people from other countries. There is only a tiny amount of ‘mainstream’ racism in Australia these days.

That’s right: Australia is MY home.

2. How does your experience compare or contrast to that of an asylum seeker/refugee? You will need to research a specific story to answer this question.

http://brisbane-stories.powerup.com.au/scatteredpeople/

-Aaron’s story – China

My story contrasts with Aaron’s story very much.

Aaron says ‘[he has] two identities-at home I am a farmer’s son, and that’s the identity I was born with.’

To be identified as someone’s son/daughter or someone’s sister/brother is not exactly ideal for your self esteem. It seems that nobody knows anything about you, besides the fact that you are someone’s kid. Being known as someone’s child based on occupation (farmer) is just like being called a PK (pastor’s kid). Obviously you wouldn’t like it to be called the doctor’s kid, or accountant’s son. Therefore, my life contrasts: I only have one identity.

Other contrasts: Aaron explains, ‘To go to university free of charge means you have to be among the top 5% of your peers. A very challenging and very ambitious plan for a kid, for a farmer’s son, to get such an idea, such a plan, and to have such a desperate need to restructure your life.’

He is still referring himself as a farmer’s son, but expresses himself that he wants to restructure his life. Many of us (me included) have not had a thought of ‘restructuring’ their lives. To restructure is ‘to construct or form anew or provide with a new structure.’ This means that restructuring your lives may even be a lifelong process.

1. What has it been like for you growing up in Australia and/or coming from another country to Australia? You will need to give some details on your family background to answer this question, as well as giving specific examples of your memories.

Being born in Australia, I was automatically called an Australian. But considering my father and mother came from overseas (Malaysia), I grew up in much of a ‘foreign’ environment. Some practices we perform as a family was eating our rice, meat and veggies at the dining table with forks and spoons, rather than the stereotypical Australian, sitting in front of the television without any cutlery whatsoever, eating their meat pies. Under the influence of my Asian parents, I was ‘forced’ to go to Chinese school for the first six years of my school life. However, as I grew up in more of an Australian environment, I was quickly pulled into supporting clubs in sports such as AFL and soccer. I barracked for the Collingwood Football Club for the first time in year 7, and have followed AFL ever since. I also follow the soccer, but not in the national ‘Hyundai A-League’, but the Barclays Premier League in England. Even though it was not in Australia, I was influenced by the rush of soccer support in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

I have lived in Australia for my whole life, only occasionally going back for holidays, but my family has started to go ‘home’ more often, going back in the middle of last year, and also heading back there at the end of this year. It is great going back for holidays, but I would not consider leaving Australia to live in another country.

MEMORIES: Gripping sports finals, Commonwealth Games in Melbourne etc.

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