Monday, March 2, 2009

It’s Invasion Day

It’s Invasion Day, Every Day in Australia!

by TheRealists ~ January 6th, 2009

The weather has finally turned warm, Australia have a good chance of winning the Boxing Day Test, and everybody is in a bad mood because they have to return to work. Australia Day must not be too far away.

In 20 days Australians will celebrate the landing of the First Fleet at Port Jackson on January 26, 1788. For some it will be a time to relax and reflect on what it means to be Australian. Others will take the opportunity to take a long-weekend break. And some will take the opportunity to mourn what they call ‘Invasion Day‘.

Now, ‘Invasion Day’ protesters have a point. I’m wondering, however, why Invasion Day protesters aren’t protesting 365 days a year.

You see, this year 443,200 foreigners will migrate to Australia. That’s quite a number. To be fair, 229,700 people departed Australia, but the difference is pretty big still. Bringing 443,200 foreigners a year to a country with a population of just 21 million is, well, quite an invasion.

Actually, it’s 1214 foreigners a day entering Australia. So how many people were on the First Fleet ‘Invasion’? Best estimates put it at 1373.

I’m starting to come around to the ‘Invasion Day’ way of thinking more and more.

So when you’re sitting back and relaxing on Australia Day, or any day for that matter, give a thought to Kevin Rudd and his immigration minister Chris Evans, who’ve brought history alive and given us Invasion Day, every day in Australia.

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