Oh dear. How predictable. A Queensland MP is in trouble for suggesting that migrants need to use deodorant. She must be seeking publicity.
So which immigrants smell? Well, I will go further than the QLD MP.
I am a frequent public transport user and I also work with people from all corners of the globe. It is not your Asian people who smell of stale body odour. They may smell of garlic, but not BO.
It is not your Euro immigrant who smell either, including England. The Mediterranean immigrants can also smell of garlic too, but not BO.
What about your Middle Eastern type? No, they don't smell either.
I'm afraid it is Indians. Given the number of Indians I mix with, I know it is not the norm, but higher than any other race. The only immigrants who smell of stale body odour are Indians and while I would like to suggest it is the foreign students only, it isn't. Long term Australians of Indian birth are offenders too.
R's sister and her friend caught quite a few taxis while they were visiting here last year and they commented on the BO smell of taxi drivers, and when they went to Sydney. I asked, what nationality were they in the Sydney taxis? Asian was the reply. In their parlance, south Asian, Indian.
I have sat in this post for quite some time, but then just today on the bus, two separate young Indian males boarded the bus at different stops and as they passed by my seat, both smelt of BO. Interestingly it is rarely an Indian woman who smells, but males and mostly young ones.
Note: I really hate this post. I wrote it some time ago and while I stand by what I am saying, it is offensive to the many Indians who serve us in shops, who might be friends, who we might work with, who do not have BO, but never the less, I is sayin' it.