Holy heck, what people think they can away with saying. From Fairfax…
The head of Australia’s peak migrant body has hit back at Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro’s comments that migrants should be taught to use deodorant and to queue, saying the statement had no place in modern Australia.
“Teresa Gambaro comes from the same background as mine and we grew up being called dirty wogs,” said Pino Migliorino, chairman of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils, who has Italian heritage.
Migliorino said the comments would make Australia “look like a joke” to the international community and damage efforts by employers to fill skills shortages by attracting overseas workers.
“This is no longer the 1960s, temporary migrants are people coming from a university background. To say ‘you smell’ is ridiculous,” he said.
He said Gambaro’s statement also undermined the federal Coalition’s policy stance on encouraging skilled migration.
“The Liberal opposition are on record as saying they want all of our migration to be skills-based. Australia is courting for temporary labour in a competitive international market,” Migliorino said.
Gambaro told The Australian newspaper new migrants on temporary work visas were not integrating into the community because they were not being taught about Australian health, hygiene and lifestyle.
“Without trying to be offensive, we are talking about hygiene and what is an acceptable norm in this country when you are working closely with other co-workers,” she was quoted as saying.
Pigliorino responded: “Those comments are so silly and ridiculous.”
Labor MP Michelle Rowland called for Gambaro to apologise for insulting skilled migrants.
”Her comments are insulting and insensitive to the many doctors, nurses, accountants and engineers who have come to Australia on a skilled migration visa,” said Rowland.
”Skilled migrants come to Australia to work in hospitals, care for our elderly, and fill gaps in regional and remote areas.”
Rowland said she was proud to respresent an electorate, Greenway, with a large number of migrants including Filipinos, Indians and Tamils.
“The comments are unbecoming and irresponsible and Mr Abbott should come clean on whether he supports Ms Gambaro’s views,” she said.
I remember a teacher I had who smelt so bad that the corridor outside his or her (neutral ah?) office smelt even when they were not there. Just as an aside ;)
Every had a ‘smelly’ in your life?