Words. I can’t even. What, as a country, do we aspire to, exactly?
Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, voiced “grave concerns” for the welfare of asylum seekers at Christmas Island centre. Visiting in July she found a sharp escalation in the number of mothers on suicide watch and babies confined to small metal containers, where they cannot learn to crawl or walk. Many children suffered from chest or gut infections as a result of the cramped living conditions.
This advert only works if whoever reads it assumes that Slovakia is some backward communist shithole somewhere in eastern Europe. Ask yourself, does “Austria’s average internet speed is faster than Australia’s” sound as ‘shocking’? (Hint – they’re right next to each other).
We like to think that we’re less insular than USAians (that’s a stereotype of its own, of course), but when it comes to racist stereotypes, we’re really not. Why is the Slovakian wearing traditional dress? Why is the Australian not dressed like Crocodile Dundee?