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29 July 1990. Thought for the Week: "We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him, in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refresh us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond; and on those faces there is no smile."
IMMIGRATION ISSUE WON'T GO AWAY
"Federal Cabinet this week will consider a significant cut in Australia's migrant intake for the coming financial year." The Age (Melbourne), June 25th
We have little doubt that the probable cut in Immigration into Australia for 1990-91 will be attributable to the declining condition of Australia's economy. If there really is a "recession", it is in its early days. Various sectors of trade and industry are feeling a pinch others are trading quite well. Unquestionably, the boom times have past, and we don't expect these to return in the immediate futures Indeed, they may not return at all!
We are amused to see leaders of the
real estate industry assuring business leaders from other
industries that "booms" run in cycles, and that the real estate
industry will experience another boom in seven years, or something
like that. Grown men should not talk such drivel. Booms and
busts are attributable, primarily, to the policy of the banks:
and the policy of the banks, now, is set by the Reserve Bank
and the Commonwealth Government, not always in perfect agreement.
Yes, the policies of both the Reserve and the Government can
be, and very often are, dictated by overseas trading factors.
This has nothing whatever to do with "cycles" in time.
The chief proponents in the official immigration debate are sparring about the economics of it. One side claims that immigration costs the nation money, and the other side claims that immigration brings money into the nation. Obviously, the former are having the most influence, as the Government agonises over the political costs of cutting immigration: alienation of the ethnic vote/probable criticism from overseas nations who don't want any further immigration "pressures" on themselves.
If the Opposition had the will, and the courage, to make a Referendum on Immigration its main electoral plank, then it would be well supported, in our view, and it could legislate, if necessary, from a position of strength. But will it? We fear not. Only the Citizens' Initiated Referendum could bring this about, and major political parties don't want the C.I.R.
Read "Immigration - The Quiet Invasion" ($12.50 posted) and "Immigration: A Policy of Perfidy" ($7.00 posted) - both by Dr. John Dique, from all League Bookshops.
THE WITCHING HOUR ARRIVES
This is the title given to an excellent Editorial published in The Wimmera Mail-Times (Horsham, Vic.) on June 22nd last. We consider it so apt, that we reproduce it here, a rare action for us to take:
"With the Multi-Function Polis headed
for S.A., the rosy hued investment possibilities for the Wimmera,
midway between Adelaide and Melbourne, might dull perceptions
of the real issues. "This proposed high-tech city of the 21st
Century would supposedly accommodate between 150,000 and 200,000
people, about 80% of whom are likely to be Japanese. The establishment
of such a city might well make the 'Asianisation' of Australia
irreversible. We will have hastened the process of selling
to the highest bidder.
"We are pleased to note that some criticism of the M.F.P. is now coming from more or less M.F.P. sources." Denis Gaston, the former chief executive of the Multi-Function Polis Joint Secretariat, states (The Sun-Herald, Sydney, June 24th) - "There was a policy of little public explanation" ."There were a number of people in the process who wanted to see a more active program of explanation " "But there were others who said that's dangerous because you can only partially explain things and people might get the wrong idea and head off at a tangent and then you'd lose the public support. " .there was a concern that there weren't the resources to do it and that it wasn't the right time'... and more in this vein."
QUEBEC AND CANADA
"With the collapse of a deal that many thought might be the last chance to keep Quebec in Canada, the Prime Minister, Mr. Mulroney, appealed yesterday for calm while new ways are sought to keep this bitterly divided country intact." The Acre (Melbourne), June 25th
The most obvious comment to make is that this probable break-up of the Canadian confederation exemplifies, yet again, the failure of multiculturalism. Peoples of differing languages, cultures, religions cannot, in the long run, combine in a lasting union.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER. FLOCK TOGETHER
Mr. Hawke may yet lose the strong political support of the Jewish community. The fly in the ointment? The Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O.). The Hawke Government is continuing dialogue with the P.L.O. The Government is not pleasing Zionist leaders with its attitudes on migration of Soviet Jews. East Jerusalem is another sore point. According to Mr. Isi Liebler, one of the most influential Zionist spokesmen in the world, Australia is getting right out of line with respect to Zionist Middle East policies; more so than is the case with the U.S.A. and Western Europe. Mr. Liebler has plenty to worry about with respect to Eastern Europe, where anti-Semitism is historical. The Hungarians have not forgotten the brief "reign" of Bela Kuhn around 1919: the Russians have not forgotten the heavy presence of Jews among the early Bolsheviks. (Read The Rulers of Russia, by Rev. Father Denis Fahey. Price: $8.00 posted from League Bookshops.) Paul Keating is not too popular either. He recently addressed the Australian Zionist Federation, stating therein that Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and East Jerusalem are not in tune with international law, thus making peaceful negotiations difficult. Mr. Hawke will discover if he hasn't discovered it already, that it is most difficult to appease the Zionists, who have their religious dream to which all else must be subordinated.
The Leader of the Federal National Party, Mr. Tim Fischer, wants to lead a trade delegation of National Party members to China before the end of the year. What's it all about. Wool! The mess in the Wool Industry has dismayed, understandably enough, the woolgrowers, in general, and they want their leaders to stir up the markets for them, as the Government appears to be doing little; or nothing. Just lowering the floor-price for their wool, and increasing their costs. Senator Gareth Evans, the Foreign Minister, is irate, as he has what he feels are "delicate" negotiations going with Beijing on a whole range of issues, and he doesn't want what he possibly thinks of as a pack of bumbling Nationals fouling his "nest". Foreign Affairs is his pad; others stay out. This is understandable enough, too. Even if Mr. Fischer and his colleagues did make Beijing for discussions - and that's a mighty big "IF', all they'd get would be a few smiles, and a few handshakes, in our opinion: no orders for wool.
WHERE DO WE BELONG?
DON'T LET EUROPE RULE BRITANNIA
THIS ENGLAND is an English quarterly magazine with an astonishing circulation, around the world, of two million. It has now been published for 22 year's. All too regrettably, we can, for reasons of space, select only two fairly long paragraphs of the Editorial.
It has never been the intention of THIS
ENGLAND to become embroiled in politics. In the 22 years of
our existence we have never meddled in such matters, respecting
the divergent views that are bound to exist in any truly democratic
country, and assuming that those divisions will exist across
the broad spectrum of our readership - now totaling two million.
But when the politicians seem to be selling our freedom, when
our very identity as a separate nation is at stake, then I
think the time for niceties is over. It is time for us to
state our view and place the facts before our readership,
before it is too late.
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