Thursday, 16 February 2017
If I hear of one more idiot suggesting that Australia is being “swamped” and a Trump-style ban on “Muslim" immigration is needed or an “Australia First” policy is required along with a "Make Australia Great Again" slogan, I will scream in frustration.
On any given day it is estimated that just 2.2 per cent of the Australian population follow the Islam religion.
At the 2011 national census that percentage translated into only 475,562 people spread around the nation.
Whereas there were est. 13,150,078 professed Christians in Australia at the time, along with 4,796,432 people with no religion.
That’s over 13 million Christians to less than half a million Muslims.
Or to put it another way - there was 1 Christian for every 0.582 km of land compared to 1 Muslim for every 16.712 km.
That was over five years ago.
When the Australian Bureau of Statistics publishes the 2016 Census sometime this year, I suspect that the total number of people of the Islamic faith will be less than 700,000.
People living in much of rural and regional Australia would rarely come into contact with someone of that faith so it is hard to see how the country or its culture is being swamped.
Perhaps Pauline Hanson of One Nation and Cory Bernardi of Australian Conservatives might like to explain the basis for their fearmongering.