The Importance Of The Land Of Fair Go In Australia

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Australia, the supposed "land of fair go"; isn 't so fair if your skin colour isn 't white or if you 're a woman, or happen to have come on a boat. Everyday we see somewhere below the news headlines, articles about racism and discrimination towards Indigenous Australians, cuts to funding in schools and inequality in the workforce. A "land of fair go"doesn 't throw refugees fleeing from war and terror into rat ridden centres as if they were prisoners. A "land of fair go" doesn 't allow huge money generating companies to force the Indigenous people off their land so they can tear it apart. A "fair go" is equality, not evidently treating people of different ethnicities, economic statuses or genders differently. Yet, this is exactly what Australia …show more content…
However, zero fairness lies in the Australian education system. It is clear that the education of city children is valued over the education of a child living in a rural area. Some may argue that every child is entitled to an education, but how can Australia claim to be "a land of fair go" if one child 's education is valued over another 's? Firstly, the closure of rural and country schools has meant many children have to travel extremely long distances to get to the nearest school while children in the city have around five schools within their vicinity to select from and attend. They are provided with internet and all sorts of technology to assist them with their learning, while a child in the country can only dream of such things. Many teachers who work in country and rural areas enter their classroom after the summer holidays to find cobwebs, rats, dirt and rubbish, and usually have to invest their own money to make the environment suitable for learning. It is clear that children in city locations receive better educational opportunities than children in rural and country areas. Funding, not only in rural schools, but even public schools in cities is being slashed by the Liberal government, and the money is going to upgrades of already functional and effective public transport systems such as the O-Bahn and various flashy, but completely unnecessary, upgrades to sporting stadiums and entertainments …show more content…
Or a refugee. Or anything but white and caucasian. The Indigenous people of Australia, despite having lived on the land for thousands of years, still aren 't treated equally when compared to non-Indigenous Australians. In "the land of fair go", their life expectancy is still on average 13.5 years shorter than of non-Indigenous Australians. Many Aboriginal communities are receiving cuts to: funding in; electricity, legal and medical services, and water, forcing them to move out of where they have lived for thousands to years into populated cities. There are more young Aboriginal men in jail than in university, many wrongly accused and convicted due to English being their third or fourth language and due to a fear of policemen, who have being responsible for the deaths of 21 Aboriginal people in custody in the past year. This number has rapidly increased, clearing showing that Indigenous Australians and not provided with a "fair go" compared to non-Indigenous Australians. Many immigrants and refugees who arrive to Australia are also not given a "fair go". In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights it states: "everyone has the right to seek asylum", but as they try to enter "the land of fair go" they either have their boat turned around by the Australian Navy or are deported to the Nauru Regional Processing centre or to immigration detention facilities, where they remain until their refugee status is

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