Value not disrespect
Each of us in today's society are regularly presented with a range of opportunities to make a decision about what we wish to do, where we want to be, how we want to act and who we wish to associate with.
These choices are a hallmark of a free and independent society, which we all value and will ultimately protect whilst still respecting the rights of others.
We make these considered selections with a knowledge, understanding and acceptance of the conditions and expectations which result from the preference we have decided upon.
Some individuals, after making a well considered decision, believe it is their right to question the function, standards, values and methods of operation of the interest or undertaking they have chosen to pursue, and to propose changes to suit their perceived needs.
Rather than realise the choice they made was erroneous, some believe that it is those who they joined, who are the ones that should make changes to their beliefs, responsibilities and actions, even though they are long standing and well understood.
Migration, the movement of people to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions, is a choice that allows these virtues to be accessible to accommodate and meet their individual needs.
Unfortunately, some immigrants, after their arrival and settlement, are reluctant to respect the values and norms of their adopted country and are quite strident in raising objections and voicing their dislike towards the ways in which Australians live and conduct themselves.
To speak against or in protest to this desire to break down our western way of life, is to be labeled as being racist, by the politically correct, in a veiled attempt to force a raft of their changes on our free and independent society.
As a society grows and develops, required changes are made and new ways are included, without the need to totally change our values, ideals and standards.
Australia is willing to accommodate the needs and desires of others, it is time for others to respect and value ours.
Most don’t know what it is like to sleep out in the cold, to not know where they will get their next meal, to be forced to sleep with their shoes on just so they can make a quick escape if someone comes to harm them.
Most don’t pay too much attention to those sleeping rough in our cities, towns and communities. But I do.
August 6 to 13 is Homelessness week, a week where we thrust the issue of homelessness into the spotlight for all Australians.
Everybody needs a home and no one deserves to be left out on the streets.
I started Youth Off The Streets in Kings Cross by feeding the local homeless kids and that was just the beginning, I started to recognise the dire need for something more.
Now my organisation has many housing options available for young people but homelessness remains a significant issue.
We as a country need to stop ignoring homelessness and begin to take positive steps to help Australians in need.
So much can be done to prevent this issue; we need to give struggling families a boost before homelessness becomes an unfortunate reality.
I am dedicated to breaking the cycle of disadvantage and giving Australians the chance to achieve greatness.
The reality is that homelessness is an ongoing battle for some and it’s a battle that is hard to win by yourself.
This week I implore you to take the time to look into the issue of homelessness, read about how it affects our nation and most importantly our people.
FATHER CHRIS RILEY
CEO and Founder at Youth Off The Streets