this is a word i saw used to quite good effect this morning in a letter to the paper and feel compelled to quote:
Racial slurs are just part of everyday life in Oz
Why are people so surprised at incidents of racial abuse at the cricket, or elsewhere in Australia (Letters, December 16). It might be news to some people, but to people of a non-white background it is part of Australian experience. The part that we don't talk about too much because we are told that if we don't like Australia we should pack up and leave. Nice.
There's a joke here, a good-natured insult there. But don't take it too seriously; it's the Australian way. Barbecues, beer, she'll be right, no worries, Mahatma Cote, Con the Fruiterer, we shall decide who come to this country and the manner in which they come.
The racial abuse is measured and precise, though. Aim it at the wrong target and there is hell to pay. Irish, American, Jewish - totally out of bounds. But Asian and European immigrants, refugees, and all people of the "wrong" skin colour are OK. They have no voice. So like a true bully, if your victim is defenceless and you are sure to get away with, go for it. You have the country behind you.
These are the acceptable forms of racism in Australia. The odd Greek joke, the Arab/terrorist pun, all Asian/Aboriginal/African slurs. It's supposed to be funny.
E. Vas-Blanford, Crows Nest, December 16.
also 'nice' in this sense of the word is the finding of the full federal court that:
Even if it is virtually certain that he or she [a person applying for refugee status] will be killed, tortured or persecuted in that country, whether on a Refugees Convention ground or not, that is not a practical consideration going to the ability to remove from Australia," the court ruled. "Rather, it is a consideration about a likely course of events following removal from Australia."
So imminent death and torture are just something to think about, not a consideration which should determine australia's ability to deport people... not quite sure how that fits with things such as the CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE or the principle of non-refoulement... instead the court have used a technical 'nicety' to define torture and death as non-legal considerations which the government is entitle to avert its eyes from. it seems like a plague of 'niceness' that makes people blind to the damaging effects which their refusal to think / consider has on others.