The Asianisation of Australia: volume 1, section 10

Moves Towards Asianisation:
The "Conservative" Side of Politics

Even though the specific push for Asianisation began with Bob Hawke's Labor government, the Liberal and National parties have not been slow to follow Labor's lead. Although some noises were made by various people in the Liberal Party about a need to return to a "balanced" immigration programme, such as by Andrew Peacock in 1984 (104), and by John Howard in 1988 (which he recanted in 1995), basically the Liberal Party and other "conservatives" have acquiesced - if not openly assisted - in the carrying out of the policy of the Asianisation of Australia:

In 1971, the then Liberal Prime Minister, John Gorton, said: In 1972 Don Chipp, then a Liberal Minister (later to be the leader of the Australian Democrats), told television viewers that In 1977 the then Premier of Queensland, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen (National Party) stated that In 1978 the then Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Paul Everingham (Country Liberal Party), said that the then flood of Vietnamese refugees was "just the beginning" and that "Australians would have to be educated to the fact that the country would become an Asian nation"... "We've got to accept Asian immigrants in the same way we accept people from Europe". He also stated that "At the moment, the Northern Territory would be better off as a part of the federation of Malaysia than the federation of Australia".(108)

In 1979, in what was apparently a show of cross-Party unity on Indo-Chinese refugees, the then Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Party, Malcolm Fraser, along with Clyde Cameron (Labor Party), and Bruce Lloyd (National Party) presented a petition to Parliament concerning Vietnamese refugees, which stated that "Australia is able to play a major part in the rescue as well as resettlement of these refugees. It should be possible for Australia to: establish and maintain on the Australian mainland basic transit camps for the housing and processing of 200,000 refugees each year;... accept the offer of those church groups which propose to resettle some thousands of refugees in Australia. The adoption of such a humane policy would have a marked effect on Australia's standing within the region". The next day in Parliament, another petition - of the exact same wording - was presented to Parliament by John Bourchier (Liberal Party), Alan Jarman (Liberal Party), and Andrew Peacock (Liberal Party).(109) In 1985, Philip Ruddock, then Shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (later Minister for Immigration in John Howard's Liberal Government), complained about a reduction of the Indo-Chinese refugee intake, and demanded that Australia take in more Asian refugees. Also, Ruddock stated that In 1988 the Administrator for the Northern Territory, Commodore Eric Johnston, "was floating the idea of mass Asian immigration" after discussions about the "greenhouse effect" revealed that "the predicted rise in sea levels would result in millions of Asian refugees". Johnston's idea was that "the transformed land could be cut into small lots and handed to Asian immigrants" in order to populate Northern Australia.(113)

In 1990 the then Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Paul Everingham (Country Liberal Party), said that "Australia should consult Asian countries before it made any changes to its immigration policy".(114)

The Record reported on an immigration conference held in Darwin in September 1993 ("Asia-Pacific Migration Affecting Australia"): "At the conference, Marshall Perron [the Northern Territory's Chief Minister] suggested that Australia should considerably increase immigration, particularly from Asia. He said that he could envisage Darwin as a city of one million with half its population from Asia. He has enthusiastically backed a Federal Government idea that Darwin be promoted as "Australia's Asian capital". His government is from the non-Labor side of politics."(117) The Liberal and National parties issued, prior to the 1996 elections, a joint policy on "Multicultural Affairs & Settlement", which included the following statements: Of John Howard's Liberal Government, The Age said in 1996 that "the new Government sees Australia's economic and political future in the Asia Pacific rim".(121)

Confirming this view, the Liberal Government's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer (once leader of the Liberal Party in Opposition), spoke in April 1996 of a foreign policy of "Asia First" (but was quick to assure us that "a policy of 'Asia First' does not mean 'Asian Only'"). Downer further prattled on, telling us that "Australia should also pause more often to acknowledge the contribution that immigrants from Asia have made to Australia... and of course they enrich Australian culture."(122)

Downer was later to reiterate his anti-Australian stance: "We simply reject the proposition that we should ever have a racially based immigration policy" - what he is really doing is defending the bi-partisan policy of continuing mass Asian immigration. Downer further said that "We reject the proposition that Australia... is being swamped by Asians" (123); which flies in the face of immigration projections (such as researched by Dr. Charles Price) which clearly state that Australia is being steadily Asianised. One could only assume that Downer is either a complete idiot; or - most likely - that he is a liar, and is trying to minimise public unrest about Asianisation by denying that it is happening.

After his comments in 1987-88 attacking Bob Hawke's Labor Government regarding the "imbalance" between Asian and European immigrants, John Howard was at pains in 1995 to retract, soften, or "explain away" his earlier statements: "If [my comments] were seen by Australians of Asian descent as suggesting that I regard them in any way as lesser Australians, then I regret that very much".(124)

We could also look at some of John Howard's earlier comments: One political commentator reviewed the situation of the Liberals in 1996 regarding Asianisation: Indeed, in October 1996, John Howard spoke of an Asian Future for Australia: In October 1997 Malcolm Fraser, ex-Liberal Prime Minister of Australia, intoned

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