By Situation Theatre 11/9/2019
When they’re not spending their tax dollars warehousing traumatised refugees in concentration camps, Aussies bloody love a laugh.
When seeking a permanent or provisional visa in Australia, applicants must sign or accept the Australian values statement.
“I confirm that I have read, or had explained to me, information provided by the Australian Government on Australian society and values.
Australian society values respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, freedom of religion, commitment to the rule of law, Parliamentary democracy, equality of men and women and a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play and compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good
Australian society values equality of opportunity for individuals, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background
the English language, as the national language, is an important unifying element of Australian society.
I undertake to respect these values of Australian society during my stay in Australia and to obey the laws of Australia.
I understand that, if I should seek to become an Australian citizen:
Australian citizenship is a shared identity, a common bond which unites all Australians while respecting their diversity
Australian citizenship involves reciprocal rights and responsibilities. The responsibilities of Australian Citizenship include obeying Australian laws, including those relating to voting at elections and serving on a jury.
If I meet the legal qualifications for becoming an Australian citizen and my application is approved I understand that I would have to pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people.”
The statement of values leaves hundreds of Manus refugees searching for the sections on gaslighting, whitewashing, and hypocrisy.