Australia is home

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

AUSTRALIA now faces its most tur­bu­lent and wor­ry­ing times as we have now moved into the crosshairs of ter­ror­ism.

This is not over­stat­ing the era we have now moved into.

Yes, I ad­mit I have never been a great sup­porter of Tony Ab­bott, but what his gov­ern­ment has achieved with stop­ping the il­le­gal en­try of boat peo­ple has been a good move, even if it’s a bit like closing the gate af­ter the horse has bolted.

Im­mi­gra­tion since World War II to Australia has been hugely suc­cess­ful as mi­grants from all over have fit­ted into the Aussie life­style.

As a mi­grant my­self, along with mil­lions of oth­ers, I have made Australia my home and raised three kids who have added to Australia, not taken away.

If prob­lems arose in Eng­land, there is no way I would head back there as this is home and this is what our lat­est im­mi­grants have to learn. Char­lie Gibson,

Man­durah. it – you, me and ev­ery other Aus­tralian cit­i­zen.

Since be­ing elected, Mr Ab­bott has had am­ple op­por­tu­nity to bring this be­fore Par­lia­ment, but has de­lib­er­ately cho­sen to hold back.

You do not de­serve to be re­mem­bered in his­tory as the prime min­is­ter who leg­is­lated for mar­riage equal­ity.

That is a right you had the op­por­tu­nity to claim the mo­ment you be­came prime min­is­ter.

You chose to play games with it and so it should be cut from your hands and given back to ev­ery Aus­tralian via a ref­er­en­dum.

In 50 years time, I think ev­ery Aus­tralian would agree that our youth should be read­ing in their his­tory books that Australia voted for same­sex mar­riage, not that Prime Min­is­ter Ab­bott leg­is­lated it.

There is a link to an on­line pe­ti­tion in re­la­tion to the mat­ter at https://www.change.org

David McDon­nell, Coun­cil­lor, City of Swan.

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