Australia often presents itself as the “fair go” country, but in recent years its migration policies and security policies have verged on the trully cruel and bizzarre.
A friend remarked to me after his recent return to Australia that at the airport his bags were checked twice. He said that whilst the customs officers were giving him the matesy treatment it poorly masked the suppressed agression. When he returned to Taiwan the cute customs officers were holding out hongbaos and waving everyone through with genuine goodwill.
Which brings me to the story of a French national who came to Australia to study English and travel around a bit, but had a scratch on his passport. For this offence he was taken to a detention center and then rather than checking his passport with the French authorities he was kept in detention and asked to sing the French national anthem, who the president of France was and to name the highest mountain in France. Now, I’m a dumb fuck, but if that is the standard by which a country judges another persons nationality then goddamit I’m a Frenchman too.