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The Shifting Heart This play The Shifting Heart was set in 1950s in a community where many people did not accept any migrants The main theme of this play shows Bianchi family moved to Australia from Italy and how the issues raised regarding to lifestyles in Australia The racial discrimination was one of the major issues Bianchi family faced since they moved to Australia For example Mr Wilson who works at the shop thinks it is amusing to call Mrs Bianchi Momma Macaroni This sees it as discrimination and it is an insult and prejudice And in Act 1 Momma does not see the other neighbours actions as humorous and retaliates by blocking the sewer with stinking fish And also there are people who throw rubbish People do this rather than speak to Momma They have never spoken for eight years since Bianchi family came to Australia This because neighbours are obviously jealous that the Bianchi own their home through their hard work and still other neighbours have to pay for their rant However this play reveals that the attitudes in todays Australia towards migrants have changed significantly They are more migrants in Australia compared to back in 1950s Australia is a multicultural society which is entirely populated by migration In the past people from all other continents migrated to Australia in response to economic opportunity and the need for labour or left in times of drought depression and two world wars After World War II Australia was in need of skilled and labour population for development At present 150 different nationalities and 90 different languages are represented in the society Those people who belong to Non-English speaking background constitute a large portion of Australian population Australia is multicultural nation Australian government discourages any kind of discrimination in workplace educational institutions and public places There are anti-discrimination institutions working to reduce the discrimination The
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