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1. Posted by aliyoung99 (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

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Hi,

I've been in Australia now since the start of December and have had a great time.. Not met too many people but have enjoyed working in Sydney and have three days to go before I head off up the East Coast!!!! There has been something that has made me feel slightly uncomfortable while i have been here though, and its some Australian's attitudes to Foreigners (to be precise, English.) Now im not saying they are all like this, its just my housemate was in the Post Office last week when an elderly aussie couple pushed infront of her. She didnt say anything but when the man turned round and asked if she had been waiting, she said yes. The woman then proceeded to verbally abuse my housemate, telling her to go back to the Motherland (England) as her 'type' weren't welcome here. Nice huh?

Any comments?

2. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

Yeah, that's pretty poor form. Sadly, it seems there is prejudice in most places and Australia (despite our happy-go-lucky, friendly reputation) is no exception. Also, it's not just the English.
There's been a real effort by our elected officials to create a fear of the unknown and of people from overseas - a despicable political tactic to make voters fearful. It's tremendously sad.
I'm sorry for your housemates experience - I hope she won't think too badly of the majority of Australians who are glad to welcome those from overseas to our country and are proud of our multiculturalism. And there's a strong feeling that the tide is turning against Little Johnnie....

3. Posted by Buckra (Budding Member 61 posts) 9y

Let me assure you that the attitude your friend struck is not the majority view at all of Australians. Sadly there are still some Aussies who think Poms should go back to England and this stems from a time 40-50 years ago when some English immigrants to Australia tended to whinge about their new life and how everything English was better. That got up the neck of many Australians who felt they should go back home if they didn't like it here. Well I am happy to say that with so many different ethnic cultures coming into the country since that it would be fair to say Australia is now a much more cosmopolitan and accepting place. For instance there is no great example than the Barmy Army cricket supporters group who travel to Australia en masse to following the English cricket team and are feted daily in the media and seen as a lot of fun...even by the Aussie cricketers. Just enjoy your stay and if anyone does get up your nose simply walk away from them. :)

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

I actually think that a lot of people in Australia are prejudiced against the English.

There's the usual competitiveness (generally in sport) and a fair amount of light hearted digs/jabs at the English.

But I think it often goes deeper than that. Too many people, too often, like to put down the English and England in a fairly nasty sort of way. In fact, I caught out one of my friends the other day talk about someone who happened to be English, "but I really liked her which was surprising because she was English and I hate the English". When I challenged her on this point, she became rather vague.

Personally, I put it down to cultural jealousy and the immature need to attempt to cut-off from the mother country at every possible opportunity.

5. Posted by anglosurma (Respected Member 106 posts) 9y

In the time i spent there i was employed by loads of aussies Anglo-aussies italian-aussie Greek-Aussies and they have all pretty much adopted the same attitude toward the English which is taking the mik sportingly and historicly sometimes they constantly be what they call pom bashing me , but i think if an aussie doesen't take the mik then they dont like you.
Some aussies thought i was irish to begin with and loved me then i told them i was from england and then they verbally pom bashed me.
Ive also met ozzies who love england and the people and even have flags english pictures up around there house .
I personally think they bash against the English to Confirm there own identity as Australians an there past holds a lot to do with England , and there's loads who have some sort of a link in family to England , to be honest i met more English People there than i do at home in Birmingham , you cant blame them for being threatand the majority of english want to live there .{check the bbc webiste for brits abroad}
The only real racism i experienced was in wollongong {nsw} just after the cronulla riots when me and a few other backpackers were relaxing by the beach , we were mistaken for anglo-aussies and told to move by some lebonese-aussies or they would kick our a--s and a few other verbal assualts to all of us .
Ive seen white australians being racist to black and asian people quite a few times and bein told that the only good things poms ever did was kill the aborigines in tazzie.
Ali young 99 Unfortunately this is what happens somewhere in every country and it always will as long as there are borders and boundaries in the world just try and appreciate the majority of aussies are very welcoming.

6. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 9y

Hey Alistair, Maybe the lady(?) was just having a bad hair day. I'd say she was probably a miserable person anyway, who would not care who she pushed in front of in the queue.
Next time (& I hope it doesn't happen again) just look back in amazement and say "OH really, are you speaking to me"? Because such sayings are so childish and a sign of her ignorance.

I'm sure your housemate is a nice person and us Aussies really do love both & her being here - don't we guys !!

Mario;)

7. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

We call them 'bogans', unfortunately you will come accross them from time to time. ;)
And if you don't like it you can p!$s off back to the motherland!

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

On the flipside, I copped a fair (unfair) whack for being an Aussie when I was in the UK. Some people were joking, others were not.

9. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

As Ikey said.....'bogans!'
I woulda told them to pi&^ off!
Besides, they are just jealous 'cause they haven't been anywhere else besides Redfern!
Don't stress, that is not the view, if you are happy go lucky, then you will fit right in.
Tell your friend to hit back next time!!:)

10. Posted by ada (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Quoting aliyoung99

Hi,

I've been in Australia now since the start of December and have had a great time.. Not met too many people but have enjoyed working in Sydney and have three days to go before I head off up the East Coast!!!! There has been something that has made me feel slightly uncomfortable while i have been here though, and its some Australian's attitudes to Foreigners (to be precise, English.) Now im not saying they are all like this, its just my housemate was in the Post Office last week when an elderly aussie couple pushed infront of her. She didnt say anything but when the man turned round and asked if she had been waiting, she said yes. The woman then proceeded to verbally abuse my housemate, telling her to go back to the Motherland (England) as her 'type' weren't welcome here. Nice huh?

Any comments?

Don't be ridiculous - your friend has one bad experience with someone who sounds like a headcase and you're worried about racism in Australia!
Normal people (from any country) do not abuse someone they have just pushed in front of (usually the other way around), so one must assume this person was mentally disabled to some degree....

Here's an idea - why don't you get out and meet some locals and make up your own mind