“When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.”Vietnamese Proverb
Dai Le the new independent MP for Fowler gave an emotional maiden speech in parliament on Monday. Cloaked in traditional Vietnamese dress made from fabric printed with the Australian flag, Le stood gracefully, hailing Australia’s embrace of her and her family. Le’s victory over Former Senator Kristina Keneally is one to celebrate and her patriotism as an immigrant should put many traditional and native Australians to shame.
Australia’s immigration system used to operate on the infamous White Australia Policy. It had problems accepting foreigners, especially those from Asia. Only white Europeans were allowed on Australian shores. Hence racial wars and cultural clashes were felt and seen from the ground up, dating way back before 1971. Le’s maiden speech compared with Hanson’s 1996 maiden speech ironically highlights how far Australia has come in crossing racial divides.
Where Hanson’s speech asserted that, Australia was in danger of being “swamped by Asians”, and that these immigrants “have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate” Le’s was about Australia’s “hope, freedom and endless possibilities”. Sadly, Hanson’s flag-waving patriotism was not as well-received. Whilst Hanson’s observations were correct of many immigrants in general, Dai Le and the South-East Asian community have assimilated well into Australian culture.
Dai Le’s parliamentary attire alone, was enough to put Hanson’s 1996 concerns to rest. Many do have their own culture, and have formed a kind of ghetto, as represented by the seat of Fowler. However, values and beliefs are similar. Kinship, gratitude and humility maketh nations great. Le’s presence in parliament on Monday, was a testament to our hospitable country, and the strength and resilience of the Australian-South-East Asian community at large. The privileges Dai Le and her family enjoy today were not simply handed over to them. They, like many Asians of old, worked hard to accomplish all that they have. A far cry from today’s current influx.
Dai Le standing before parliament on Monday drove home anther valid point. That despite the perpetually offended communist class, and the racist greens senators, Australia is a welcoming and multicultural nation. Whilst Le is celebrated for her choice outfit, let’s remember what happened recently to one other Aussie Patriot. Rick Turner, was accused for inciting violence for standing draped in Australian flag on Australia Day. He was violently dragged across the ground and almost lynched. It is interesting to see none of Turner’s accusers at parliament on Monday, ready to lynch Le.
Lydia Thorpe and Adam Bandt are two traitorous Australians born and bred. They thumb their privileged (mostly) white noses at the Australian flag and everything it represents. Australia is in danger of falling to the very woke, very entitled, truly privileged class of fascists who want everything including Australia’s blood and soil. They accuse Australians for stealing land and wiping out a people, yet other voices from the podium tell a different story. The underprivileged, colorful communities show Australians love and gratitude. Guaranteed, they are not receiving half the benefits received by the privileged parliamentary class. Yet Le’s speech recognized the necessity of giving back to community, giving hope to Australia.
Love it or hate it, Australia is a melting pot of diverse ethnicities. Yet racism continues to tar its reputation. When certain groups cannot recognize the blessings and privilege we all enjoy today due to colonisation, they are being racist. The public square is no longer safe and welcoming of all Australians, especially those who pioneered and built it from the ground up. As we reflect on what it truly means to be Australian, let us also remember those who came before us, those who contributed to making this country what it is today, and those who planted those fruit trees many moons ago. Dai Le’s presence in parliament should make us all proud to be Australian.