Critically Analyse how Attitudes and Legislation has Changed the Landscape in Australia in terms of Diversity, Expectations and Behaviour.
A true story in the form of a real-life movie titled “They’re a Weird Mob” is being used in this essay to understand the socio-cultural transition of Australia from ancient past to the current times. The movie was being released in 1966 and the socio-cultural behaviours of that time are being shown through it (YouTube, 2018). However, the movie itself looks to have moved away from the actuality. It appears that some behaviour in the movie can just not be the part of the Australian culture. The paper specifically studies the differences if there are any in terms of socio-cultural beliefs as shown in the movie and of the modern day Australian people in real.
In the movie, Nino is an Italian migrant and had recently arrived in Australia. The reason behind the arrival was to fulfil his desire and utilise his passion for writing by working for his cousin’s Italian Language based Magazine firm as a sports writer. However, Nino had all the surprises being landed on him when Nino cam to know that his cousin is no longer owning the Italian Language based magazine. This is because Nino’s cousin had a large debt to pay and his cousin had no other option than to surrender the ownership to his debt provider Kay Kelly (YouTube, 2018). The story has some other characters like Kay Kelly who had provided the debt to Nino’s cousin. It had Kelly’s father Harry who had played the role of an Anglo-Irish and shown to have immense hatred for Italian (YouTube, 2018).
The character of Nino is very simple and quite understandable also as it is always advisable to adopt the country's culture the one is visiting as an immigrant. The characteristic of Kelly is understandable also as the character seems to have developed a feeling for Nino. The movie had revealed some very eye-catching moments where it is speaking of the legislation and socio-cultural beliefs of Australian people in 1966 (YouTube, 2018). It is really very hard to trust whether the scenes are portraying the factual things. The moment Nino landed to Sydney, he was misbehaved or inappropriately behaved by the immigration officer. The immigration officer was very rude and strict as well. It is difficult to say why that is so. Nino was very courteous in his approach; however, the immigration officer was not that so (YouTube, 2018). It means the immigration officer was unnecessarily rude and strict to the Italian Nino. Additionally, Nino was not being allowed to wait in the airport. He was rather being forced to depart from there and said that no can wait inside the airport. This is really understanding how immigration officer can force someone to leave the airport although it is quite valid to stay in the waiting zone (Fan, Guthrie & Levinson, 2016).
The other moments were the interactions between Harry and Nino on different occasions. Harry had hatred feelings for the Italian people. On the other hand, he had a picture of an Italian pope on the wall of his home. Contradictions are evident in the two different thoughts (YouTube, 2018). Harry appears as proud, rude and racist. The character supports a fact that Australians are racist. The movie also shows that workers are put to hard works. The work pressure is one of the reasons for labours falling sick (YouTube, 2018).
The movie thus finds a few challenges like workplace stress, rude & strict behaviours of immigration officers and racism in regards to legislation and the socio-cultural behaviours of Australia in 1966. The findings are now being analysed under the existing practices of legislation and the socio-cultural behaviours in Australia. According to Williams (2016), the immigration policies are tougher and challenging as well for those who represent a suspicious character. Those few characters are but not limited to like people not carrying the visa or have overstayed, people with cancelled visa, people suspected to have been involved in smuggling cases and the others. It means the character of an immigration officer displayed in the movie is perhaps not the true given the present legislative guidelines. Immigration officers may detent anybody who falls under the mentioned categories.
Racism has been shown in the movie on quite a few occasions like when Harry reacted very badly with Nino. When Nino went to Kelly’s house to meet her father, her father just said that Harry hated writers, dagos or brickies. It just shows an anti-Italian thought in Harry. It also cites racism in the character of Harry. The fact is quite true as well. After being fought to extensive level, the Austrian government has not been able to abolish or control the racism activities. Australia had signed the convention on the different kinds of racial discrimination. They had executed it through the Race Discrimination Act 1975 (ABC News, 2018). Racism, racist violence and race discrimination are still the part of the country. The administration has failed to stop the racial activities. The government has been true in acknowledging the challenges that they have in the form of racism (ABC News, 2018).
The current scenarios may be different to those depicted in the movie “They’re a Weird Mob” for racial activities; however, the movie can be said to have revealed the fact. Despite the government initiatives, there have not been any significant controls on the racial activities. The immigrants and refugees are actually being targeted at the public level. The schools, high schools, universities, workplaces and other social gathering places seem to have to carry the hard truth (Forrest, Lean & Dunn, 2016).
At current, the number of foreign students coming to Australia has increased. There has been a good growth in the number of foreign students being enrolled in a variety of courses in Australia. Diversity is an evident part of Australian institutions now. There are mentors and behavioural teachers being hired specifically for finding unacceptable behaviours. They also do their best once they are being informed of a case or they notice it through other possible ways. They try to understand the situation by calling the victim student and the other who are the convicts. Such mentors with their unconventional approach try to understand the real scenario. Both parties such as the victim and the convicts are allowed to keep their points. The mentor then judges the incident under the guidelines for preventing the racial activities. The mentor gives full effort on resolving the issue and encourages both the parties to be friends (Forrest, Elias & Paradies, 2016). However, this is also the scenario that in rare case such reporting is conveyed to the mentor. Victims on many occasions do not trust on mentors and doubt on their capability. This may be that they have the feelings that mentors will not be available all the time or everywhere. Victims due to this or some more reasons keep on tolerating the racist behaviour (Lentin, 2016).
The Australian workplace also has racism existing. Some employees have experienced themselves whereas some do not deny the fact that racism exists in the workplace. They believe that racism is highly evident at the time of recruitment. Preference is given to indigenous people, not to those who are the immigrants and the refugees (Bodkin-Andrews & Carlson, 2016). Australia has a long history of immigrants and refugees coming to the country. It was sought more prominently at the international arena significantly after the World War II that the country needs immigrants to support the population growth (Panayi, 2016). They by doing this had presented a very adorable and a transparent picture of the global world. However, the fact is quite different. Most of the refugees that had entered Australia were being sent to Manus Island where they had no opportunities to avail. Moreover, an exit from the island was also very difficult. On the other hand, the Australian government has kept on showing that refugees were being sent to Manus Island for processing. They will be sent to city areas once they are processed with the Australian guidelines. However, Manus Island was more a detention centre. It was in the year 2016 when refugee’s movement to Manus Island was being declared as illegal (Panayi, 2016).
Racism has a historical background as explained in the aforesaid section. It still persists at the different institutions like the workplace. Immigrant workers are not treated the same way as the indigenous people. Racism is there at the time of recruitment process. It really hampers the performance and adds worries to immigrant employees. Mental health of such employees may get influenced which is one of the reasons for job dissatisfaction in Australia (Kowal, 2015). Australian employee is being reported to as developing the mental health issues due to work pressure, job insecurity, workplace environment and others. Such factors are becoming the reasons for incrementing absenteeism, suicidal cases, recession and many (Kowal, 2015). Racism is another factor that put a negative impact on the brain. Those who are at up front and escalate any first-hand racism to the respective body at the workplace, they are less likely to develop the mental health issues. However, those who do not dare to disclose their first-hand experience to the respective body, they are more certain to develop the mental health-related challenges (Kowal, 2015).
In the movie also, Nino did hard work to not only survive in the country but, also prove his stand to Harry who had hatred feelings for Italians. Nino had worked harder to get things going. Nino during his workdays had noticed quite a few things like labours were being put to hard work. Due to the work pressure, some labours were probably being accustomed to the mental health issues. As a consequence, few labours were being shown as falling sick. Nino himself fought hard to get to the destination. After a lot of struggles, Nino cold manage to buy a land, so that, he could marry Kelly. However, that was not enough an effort for Harry who had played the role of Kelly’s father in the movie (YouTube, 2018).
The number of immigrants is also growing. They have been migrating to Australia for various purposes like education, jobs and visits. Racism looks as being rooted in both the schools and the workplaces. Visitors also face the racial treatments. Celebrities are not an exception. Even the sportspersons face such behaviours. It has been in past; it still exists. They face such treatments from the opposition players and most importantly, from the audience. The Australian audience is probably not like the ones in England. English audience gives respect to others as well. They respect the game but, not the other thing. However, in Australia, it appears as if the indigenous people or the home team should only get the appreciation. They less appreciate and more criticise (Davies & Dunbar, 2015).
Therefore, the movie has revealed some very good facts regarding the country Australia. The immigration experience may or may not be true as now the immigration policies are very strict and also that Manus Island has been confirmed as illegal in 2016 by the Australian government. However, racial activities which have largely been displayed in the movie do exist in Australia. The educational centres such as the schools are influenced by racist activities. Immigrant students are mainly affected. It may be harmful to their existing and the higher studies also. The administration policies are there but, have not been able so far to reduce the racial incidents. The Australia workplace is also surrounded by racist activities. It has probably one of the reasons for incrementing absenteeism from the workplace and the attrition. Employees are getting accustomed to mental illness. No significant transition can be observed in the plot which is being created in the movie “They’re a Weird Mob” and Australia in the 21st century. The government has shown some urgency to it as it is evident in its move to declare Manus Island as illegal and also the practice of anti-discrimination policy. However, things appear like not in the control of the Australian government
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