He was addressing reporters following his speech on Australia Day in Sydney Monday.
America more immigrant-friendly than Australia--Teo said that although racism was not rampant in Australia, but it still existed here.
Hence, Australia must work towards becoming a standard for having non-racism towards foreigners. That’s because racism is bad, be it in any form or degree, affirmed Teo. He was all praises for Americans for being very friendly and welcoming towards immigrants.
Dr. Teo has lived in the US for almost a decade and he is really proud of the attitude of Americans towards foreigners.
Immigrants coming to the US are embraced with love and affection by Americans and they are also offered with several opportunities there, said Teo.
Changes needed in Australia immigration rules--Australia must also widen its horizons towards immigrants wanting to come here. But, this does not mean that Australia should throw open its gates wide open for anyone and everyone, clarified Teo.
Rather, what he wants to say is that there is a need for changes in Australia immigration norms. That’s because immigration is indeed helpful for the betterment and prosperity of the nation, he asserted.
Australia needs to accept that majority, if not all, immigrants coming to Australia are good. It is this concept that must be accepted by Australia. Only then can a change come in the attitudes of Australians towards immigrants coming here, Teo claimed.
People will have a change in their attitudes towards immigrants leading to better environment for the latter in Australia.
Immigrants must embrace Australian culture and way of life—Dr. Teo also has some message for immigrants wanting to come and have a good life in Australia. Immigrants must be willing to accept Australian culture and way of life once they take a decision to come here, states Teo.
This is needed along with a change in the perception of Australians towards foreigners coming here, he said.
Immigrants have made Australia a richer and a wealthier nation. And it becomes a moral responsibility of Australians to share their resources with immigrants.