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T-Shirt - 'Australia If you don't love it, Leave!' , 2009 Object Reg. No: HT 23124

Navy blue t-shirt with the Australian Flag and the slogan 'If you don't love it, Leave!' It is one of three t-shirts which comprise a 'Hardcore Aussie Pride' pack sold online in 2009 and in a Darwin shop prior to Australia Day 2009.
Size 14 navy blue t-shirt. Front shows the Australian Flag with the slogan 'If you don't love it, Leave!'.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 720 mm (Height), 865 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: racial identity, t-shirts, xenophobia, patriotic
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Racism
Tertiary Classification: promotional materials
Inscriptions: Printed on front: "If you don't love it, Leave!'.
Date Made: 2009
Place & Date Used: Australia, 2009


Tony Posted on 14 Oct 2014 9:48 AM
We in the States have shirts like this saying "America, love it or leave it." It isn't "racist" and I'd love to hear those in your country explain how the shirt above is "racist."
Michael Posted on 15 Oct 2014 9:58 AM
I am offended that Museum Victoria have classified this t-shirt as racist.It is most definitely NOT racist but PATRIOTIC. There is a difference. It in no way vilifies any race or culture. Only the lunatic fringe Greens/communist political party and its followers could misinterpret this message, as they are not patriots.
Mr McGoo Posted on 16 Oct 2014 9:00 AM
Racist? Museum Vic is displaying its left bias and should be significantly cut back in taxpayer funding.
Brisboy Posted on 17 Oct 2014 7:20 PM
I'm glad this has been marked racist. We should forget that patriotism is about love and not hatred. A patriotic T-Shirt says 'Love it'. The moment there's a "but" or "or" after the love it, it's easy to think it's patriotism, but we all know what it really it.
Mike O'Neill Posted on 26 Oct 2014 11:18 AM
Usual Bolshie attitude found in Public Service employees.
Anthony Posted on 03 Jan 2015 1:32 PM
Disgustingly offensive, even if it doesn't fit a strict definition of racism.
Not Scott Posted on 09 Mar 2015 7:06 PM
Probably not at a Museum, you moron. Try eBay, if you can spell it.

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