Want to come to Australia? you’ll need DIC

January 24, 2007 — 1 Comment

Australians are fond of shortening names of Government Departments (in part because the web address for each is usually shortened as well), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is known as DFAT, the Australian Tax Office is commonly known at the ATO, and here in Western Australian the former Department of Fair Trading was renamed to the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection when Labor took office, becoming DOCEP… so what exactly was the Prime Minister thinking when he renamed the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (known commonly as DIMIA) to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIC). Certainly I support the dropping of the Multicultural Affairs name from the Department, it’s divisive and should never have been there in the first place, but DIC? Is this part of the Howard Governments attempts to win over the Pink vote in Inner City Sydney. Coming to Australia, you’ll need to deal with DIC!

(hat tip to Trevor Cook)