“No white flight to see here, its just a thing…”

The Sydney Moonbat Herald is trying to stir the pot:

On a visit to Auburn, where the Herald spoke to more than 60 people –  firstly at the local mosque then in the shopping centre – the Opposition leader’s controversial comments that “many Anglo families” were fleeing western Sydney as part of “white flight” had barely registered.

“But Ghada Ismail, who has lived in the Lidcombe, Auburn and Granville area all her life, was troubled by the phrase “white flight” especially given “Anglo Saxon Australians have long been leaving the area as it became more multicultural”.

“Multicultural” = code for Islamisation?

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“I consider myself Australian, being born here and raised here,” she said. “It’s not very nice using that term ‘white’ because there are Australians from different colours and races.”

Luke Foley, Auburn needs to talk

The Opposition leader’s ‘white flight’ comments might be but one of Mr Foley’s troubles in his own electorate

“If he wants to be the next premier, he probably has to get out here and start talking to people,” Joseph Nahabedian said on his lunch break at Auburn shops. “I’m hoping that he’s not racist because if he’s the local member here, he’s not going down very well in the next election.”

Mr Nahabedian, whose parents came from Lebanon more than 30 years ago, noted there were still a lot of “white people” around the shops.

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Ali Azhar Usman in Auburn.

Ali Azhar Usman in Auburn.

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In fact, the Opposition leader had also barely registered.

Among the locals from a wide variety of multicultural backgrounds, some knew Mr Foley was their member of parliament, some even knew he was the leader of the state Labor party, but not a single one was aware of the “white flight” comments to a Sydney newspaper that Premier Gladys Berejiklian called “deeply divisive, dangerous and nasty” and that had forced him to apologise.

Charitably, that could reflect different preoccupations for the Muslim community during Ramadan or that the daily cut and thrust of state politics mean little at street level. But it also suggests Mr Foley needs to be much more visible in his own electorate.

‘Dangerous and nasty’: Luke Foley attacked over ‘white flight’ comment

“It came after Mr Foley told News Corp that “many Anglo families” had been forced to move because their suburbs had been struggling to cope with the “huge burden” of migration.

If there is no white flight, then where did the former -white- residents go?

“If he wants to be the next premier, he probably has to get out here and start talking to people,” Joseph Nahabedian said on his lunch break at Auburn shops. “I’m hoping that he’s not racist because if he’s the local member here, he’s not going down very well in the next election.”

Mr Nahabedian, whose parents came from Lebanon more than 30 years ago, noted there were still a lot of “white people” around the shops.

The soldiers of allah will get rid of them. Give it time.

Premier hits out at Foley’s ‘white flight’ comment

In a fiery question time, Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Opposition Leader’s use of the term was “dangerous and nasty” while Labor tried to interrupt, claiming her remarks were out of order.

They’re all good at feigning outrage over nothing, but terrible at getting something done.

“We’re all different cultures here and we all live happily together,” he said. “That’s Australia though.”

No. We don’t. We have enormous problems with Mohammedans in Australia. Same as everywhere else.

But Ghada Ismail, who has lived in the Lidcombe, Auburn and Granville area all her life, was troubled by the phrase “white flight” especially given “Anglo Saxon Australians have long been leaving the area as it became more multicultural”.

“I consider myself Australian, being born here and raised here,” she said. “It’s not very nice using that term ‘white’ because there are Australians from different colours and races.”

Despite Mr Foley’s apology, Issa Jebara, who grew up in Auburn with Lebanese-Australian parents and now lives at Guildford, thought the comments would affect his popularity in his electorate.

“If he’s going to throw comments like that – with the support of a group like One Nation with their … racist remarks – no-one will vote for him. He’ll definitely lose a lot of support.”

On his way into the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque, Mr Jebara rejected the notion of “white flight” in the area.

“I know a lot of white people that have lived here and are still here,” he said. “The house prices are going up. A lot of people are selling up and moving away.

“But it’s not just white people. It’s everyone in general.”

Imran Khan with son Ibraheem and friend Naveed outside the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque.

Imran Khan with son Ibraheem and friend Naveed outside the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque.

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Leaving the Mosque, Ali Azhar Usman said he had lived in Auburn for more almost 15 years but his children – like many of his friends’ children – had moved away in recent years. “It’s nothing to do with [white flight],” he said. “It’s just a thing.

“I migrated from Pakistan 30-odd years ago to a white country but progress happens.”

Mr Usman did not believe Mr Foley’s Opposition leadership should be threatened by his comments.

“Demographically, no-one cares a damn about what he says,” he said. “He should be in the community more – at least once a month. In summertime, there are a lot of barbecues happening in Auburn … he should come and join in.”

Leaving the mosque with his three-year-old son Ibraheem, Indian-born Imran Khan was also troubled by the phrase “white flight” given he had previously voted for Mr Foley.

“That’s not a correct comment that he should have made at this point in time,” he said.

His friend who only wished to be known as Naveed was upset the comments came during Ramadan.

“Australia is famous for multiculturalism and they have equal rights so I don’t understand why people make such comments,” he said. “They forget their roots.”

2 thoughts on ““No white flight to see here, its just a thing…””

  1. HELL YES there is White Flight from most inner west suburbs these days. If you interview only the selected few out of selected ethnic groups by asking them carefully crafted questions, you can make any case you want, Its like political polls. If I could I would be out of my once safe and secure suburb tomorrow if I could but alas with property price nosediving because of the influx of a certain ethnic group my property is worth less now than 18 months ago. WHITE FLIGHT you better believe it exists, don’t let the manipulators of the truth spin it any other way.

  2. “.
    “I consider myself Australian, being born here and raised here,” she said. “It’s not very nice using that term ‘white’ because there are Australians from different colours and races.””

    Oh, you poor, dear thing. OK, let’s not be so ‘racist’ and call white people white. Perhaps you prefer ‘skips’ ? Most leb males use this term for Europeans.

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