By current multicultural standards, the place of my childhood largely resembled the ‘old Australia’.
People who lived in the small town were overwhelmingly of British heritage, whilst a sizeable part of the population was Aboriginal.
There were some immigrants in the town, however virtually all of them hailed from Anglosphere nations.
I enjoyed a great childhood, but if I list one aspect which particularly contrasts from today, I would recall the unity and shared values held within the community. As by in large, people possessed core Australian values, held shared ancestries, played similar sports, and generally enjoyed a drink on the weekend.
When I reflect back upon that time, our town was more similar than it was different.
This is not to say that we didn’t have problems on occasion. But the presence of a cultural harmony was undeniable.
Then, at 12 I left for boarding school and experienced all the changes of a big city. One element that proved to differ greatly from my home town, was the enhanced visibility of many different ethnic groups.
And while I got to know many of these people and have even developed friendships along the way, things have never seemed quite as cohesive and fluent, as they once seemed as a kid.
Am I saying that multiculturalism has been a complete failure? No, as through my friendships, as well as through different foods, sports and unique practices, multiculturalism has to some extent enriched Australian culture.
However, my disagreement with the dogma of immigration and multiculturalism, begins when the parent culture of Australia, becomes so disperse it becomes difficult to identify.
In some areas of modern Australia, demographics are so departed historic norms, it cannot be readily recognized as the nation it was even 10 years ago.
But why should this be an issue?
While I wouldn’t hope for a divided future Australia, modern history is littered with examples of failed multiculturalism.
After 69 years, the Soviet Union broke down, with Ukrainians, Estonians, and other ethnic groups opting to seek their own cultural identities.
Growing tensions and animosity towards the European Union, further displays the dangers in forcing different groups, languages and cultures under a single jurisdiction.
And for all the talk about ‘diversity’ in the Western world, how is it that mass immigration has brought us closer?
Different lifestyles, languages and cultures have all emerged, and we have less in common than previously.
The Trump and Hanson phenomenons, in addition to other populist uprisings across the West, also reflect division caused by decades of state- sanctioned multiculturalism.
Besides from polarizing countries and disagreements over values and practices, multiculturalism can also have deadly consequences.
The dream of Yugoslavia formulated in the ashes of World War One, ended in bloodshed after Serbs, Croats, Bosnians and Slovenians turned to murder one another in the 1990’s.
Horrific modern conflicts in Africa, whether it be in Sudan, the Congo, or Rwanda, have to varying degrees been driven by ethnic tension.
And as we terrifyingly saw in Rwanda after Tutsi’s moved to massacre Hustsi’s following the assassination of their President, once widespread conflict breaks out in a society, divisions along ethnic and cultural lines immediately emerge. As tellingly, while the different Rwandans were fellow citizens by name, their true allegiances in times of need, were to people of their own ethnicity.
After a consideration of history and modern developments, can anybody really believe that the future path to unity consists of intentionally altering our country’s composition, rather than preserving the status quo?