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John Howards draft for the proposed preamble to the Constitution during the 1999 referendum for a republic included this line The Australian nation is woven together of people from many ancestries and arrivals Indeed all the authors of the other drafts sought to include some mention of an Australia made up of people from different cultures and to have that enshrined in the new preamble to the Constitution On the face of it this would appear to be evidence for and recognition of a multicultural society I beg to differ The term multiculturalism is a farce It hides the fact that a society could never be truly multicultural A multicultural society as we understand it is simply one where individuals and their communities have compromised and submitted to the dominant culture By adapting their way of life to that of the dominant culture what we have is in fact individuals and communities that have evolved and embraced the official culture In short this society fails to be truly multicultural Having said that the adaptation to another culture might not be so drastic for some cultures It could possibly involved learning to speak a new language and getting to understand a new culture For others however it could mean abandoning a way of life What is in place in Australia is not the beginning of a multicultural society it should simply be called a culturally diverse society I will go on to show the various problems that a society made up of people from different cultures faces and that the challenges to a truly multicultural society are insurmountable by focusing mainly on the Aboriginal and muslim communities THE LAW AND THE ABORIGINALS Ideological Aspects The common law system handed down to Australia by the British has proved inadequate in dealing with a multicultural society For instance an Aborigine is 52 times more likely than a white person to be arrested and 20 times more likely
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