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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006

READERS IN COUNCIL

Unfair label on Australians


By STEPHEN HOGAN
Tokyo

I'm an 18-year-old (sixth generation) Australian who recently moved to Japan from Canberra, and would like to register my disgust with the Jan. 15 Counterpoint article ("Fighting on the beaches peels away Aussie veneer of tolerance").

As with any country, region or area, there's no denying that there are a few bad apples, but it's unfair to label more than 20 million Australians by the actions of a few beer-hog morons who had nothing better to do, and were fueled by biased opinionated media reports slamming all Muslims as terrorists.

In Canberra, a huge number of international students and immigrants work, live and are productive members of society -- just as anywhere else in the country. And we do pride ourselves on being a multicultural and an accepting country.

The statement in the article that the "veneer is being stripped away and that the true color of the Australian ethos is resurfacing" is rot. The writer should get his facts right.

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer's own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.


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