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    Saturday, September 02, 2006

    the point is that I don't care


    Of the Muslim leaders offended by his comments, Mr Howard said: "They are missing the point and the point is that I don't care, and the Australian people don't care, where people come from."

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    A defiant Mr Howard writes today that some Muslims are not doing enough to adhere to Australian customs of equality for women and a "fair go" for all.
    "Ninety-nine per centy of the Islamic community of Australia has integrated and is part of the Australian community," he said.

    "But I've said before there is a small section, and that is self-evident, that is unwilling to integrate and it's up to all of us to try and overcome that resistance."

    Standing by his remarks yesterday, Mr Howard refused to apologise and warned those who are unwilling to fit in would be further marginalised.

    "You can't get anywhere unless you learn English. It's the language of the nation. It's the passport to your future," he said.

    "You can't get a job, you can't progress, you can't do anything without English and there can't be any compromising on that."

    "They are missing the point and the point is that I don't care, and the Australian people don't care, where people come from."

    Absolutely. For the last 20 or so years, people are generally on their own.
    Minorities are welcome to try as hard as they can, but to expect no more help
    that any other citizen would get.

    Although folks are naturally fond of the old country they left behind,
    that's over. And the majority does not care.

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