YOUR SAY: Time for creation of 'Bill of Rights'

I HAVE observed at citizenship ceremonies, that when newcomers to Australia take their oath of allegiance, they are told that they need not give up their old cultures.

This practice must cease, or at least they need to be told that the more confronting and alien aspects of the life they left behind, must be abandoned.

If they are truly genuine about seeking a new and peaceful life, they will accept this not unreasonable request.

Most newcomers embrace the culture and customs of their new country, and offer to share the customs of their homeland in a courteous and charming manner.

However, to allow a "culture" that is based on a religion and dominated by extremists, to take root in Australia is akin to putting piranhas and barracudas into an aquarium.

I have seen and heard the bad elements of this intolerant group declare in public that they will never assimilate with us.

They then placed their often prominent noses in the dirt, and pointed their posteriors skyward. This posture actually symbolises the Australian work ethic of bottoms up and heads down.

It is high time many of them tried their hand at it, and stopped leeching off our social security system.

Citizenship must be made conditional and subject to being withdrawn and subsequent deportation, when granted to people who regard women as second-class citizens.

The creation of a legislated Bill of Rights that protects the rights and freedoms of all citizens and residents of Australia has become vitally essential. .

The time for the debate is now.

GRAHAM WESSLING, Gatton



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