As those of you who are tennis fans will know, the Australian Open began this week. Once again, the event is being disrupted by particular ethnic groups, hell -bent on making the event a political demonstration. I am so over these groups, made up predominately of 2nd and 3rd generation Australians who, each year, continue to make trouble and raise merry hell about the political situations in the home countries of their parents. Long held fueds, that have nothing to do with Australia or for that matter ANY of the participants in the tennis tournament. Tennis is an individual sport( these payers are not representing their countries in Davis Cup) and players play for themselves, the trophy and any prize money, not as representatives of their country.
I am speaking out because right now, everyone is afraid to say anything for fear of being accused of racism. Well, I for one am not scared. I am disgusted that these minorities can get away with embarrassing Australia on the world stage . The moment the media report on any of these aggressive and threatening demonstrations , the entire country is labelled as racist! WE ARE NOT A RACIST COUNTRY. We all come from somewhere else and we welcome anyone in to this country but we expect that old fights are left behind and new comers embrace the new life here, free from all the political tensions they left behind.Cultures and traditions should not be lost but at the same time, new Australians need to embrace life here, including our cultures and traditions too. We do not go to sporting events, armed with flares and placards, trying to incite violence and intimidate people, nor do we victimize individuals just because they happen to be from another country!
Where we live here in the south/eastern suburbs of Melbourne, it is a virtual melting pot of nations and it is a great place to live. Yes, certain groups of youths from neighbouring suburbs have clashed over cultural issues but even those incidents have decreased in recent times and communities are living harmoniously.Any form of ethnic tension should not be tolerated and I am pleased to say that the authorities have come down hard on those making trouble at the tennis this week.