The Asianisation of Australia: volume 1, section 12

Moves Towards Asianisation:
Enmeshment With Asia
(Selling Australia's Future for Asian Money)

Ralph L. Harry (then Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs) has noted that immigration has been described as a "concrete way of developing relations between governments"; and Alan Renouf (former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and a former Ambassador) has said that "immigration can be a useful diplomatic tool" and has advocated "a larger flow of Asian peoples" on the basis that such an action "could cement materially Australia's ties with such countries".(141)

In 1977 the Australian Population and Immigration Council stated that In 1980 the then Head of the Immigration Department, John Menadue, said that In 1984 the Manly Daily reported the views of the then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke (Labor), that Bob Hawke further stated that In 1987 The Daily Mirror revealed that the Federal Government had a secret plan to massively boost the migrant intake over the following 20 years - possibly right up to 1,000,000 per annum (with an estimated 750 000 of these coming from Asia and the Pacific).(146)

In 1989 Ross Garnaut produced his report, Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendancy, which had been commissioned by the then Prime Minister Bob Hawke. It contained recommendations that were to be acted upon by the then Labour government (indeed, the report merely echoed what was basically the viewpoint already held by that government): The economic impulse behind Asianisation is shown up in the salesman-like patter of Perry Nolan (a former senior foreign affairs officer, then a businessman involved in foreign trade): Some believe, as The Age reported, that "Increasingly, Australia has been made to appear sluggish and unproductive by the resourceful nations of South-East Asia, leading to the belief that our salvation lies in becoming "Eurasian", through higher Asian immigration". Such a "Eurasian future" was forecast by Phil Ruthven in 1991: "Three per cent of the population is now Asian, and most forecasts are about 13 per cent before 2015. By 2088 I think Asians will be about 40 to 45 per cent" (149). Of course, this Asian ethnicity forecasts by Ruthven may be regarded as woeful under- estimates (compare the projections of Charles Price, and even Ruthven's own later projections).(150)

In 1991 Gareth Evans, then Labor's Foreign Minister, made some revealing comments: In a similar vein, Professor Stephen Fitzgerald declared in 1992 that In 1993 Richard Woolcott, former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - and a former Ambassador, advocated that In 1994 the views of a well-known property developer, Dennis Wong (Chinese-born, now resident in Australia; Chairman of Mandarin International Developments), were reported in The Sydney Weekly, that (regarding "future trade possibilities with China") "the Australian Government should open the doors for greater immigration from Asia as a way of cementing these trade relations" (154). This seems to be the view shared by many involved in big-business. In 1995, the then Labor Prime Minister, Paul Keating, stated Keating further explained his stand: The new Liberal Government (elected in March 1996) very quickly spelt out its position on Asia. In April 1996, the Liberal Government's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer (once leader of the Liberal Party in Opposition), gave an address entitled "Australia and Asia: Taking the Long View": Downer also added another string to his bow, stating that In 1997 John Howard drew a distinction between the economic foreign policies of his Liberal Party government and that of the former Labor Party government. Prime Minister Howard said In an address to the United Nations in October 1997, Downer announced the Liberal Government's intention for Australia to align itself with the Asian countries in the UN. The Age reported that "Australia has initiated a push to change its official United Nations alignment with western European powers to one comprised of Asian and Pacific nations."(160)

Australian politicians have also been trying to peddle their pro-Asia views to other countries. In October 1997, the Liberal Government's Defence Minister, Ian McLachlan, urged the USA to take a more active role in the Asia-Pacific region, saying that "The world's economic and strategic centre of gravity is shifting from Europe to the Asia-Pacific". McLachlan intoned that "American policy-makers... must catch up with this reality."(161)

It would seem that it is towards Asia that politicians, business magnates, and government bureaucrats are looking to provide the "future" for Australia. Some observers have commented that it would seem that there is an implicit "trade-off" involved: in return for being enabled to economically enmesh Australia with the growing Asian economies, Australia will in turn demographically enmesh itself with Asia's populations. As one government Minister is reported to have said, "we are part of Asia and our economic development, our future is inextricably intertwined with Asia - tourism, trade and economic development".(162)

The price that Australia is expected to pay for this "trade-off" involving economics, politics, and immigration was made quite clear by Malaysia's Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir, when he stated that Australia could only be accepted as an equal in Asia when 70% of its people were of Asian ethnicity. The Herald Sun (17 December 1995) reported that Mahathir's views were further quoted: Dr. Mahathir has realised that money is the main motivation behind many of those businessmen and politicians who are pushing policies that will cause the Asianisation of Australia. He expressed this succinctly when he said that This has also been the conclusion of many other Asians, such as Indonesian lawyer Buyung Nasution: Also, Noordin Sopiee, former editor of the New Straits Times and founding head of the principal think tank of Malaysia's Prime Minister, has said that Several media commentators have all but confirmed this "monetary gain for integration with Asia" line. One writer for Time magazine stated that In 1994, Australian Business Monthly published an article entitled "It's Official - We're Part of Asia". The article's sub-heading declared that In 1996, an editorial on the front page of The Sydney Morning Herald stated that Such articles give yet another indication that the "Asian future" being pushed upon Australia by politicians and big business is largely economically-driven (indeed, such economics fits in well with their anti-National, globalist ideology).

The sad fact is that our nation's Establishment is selling Australia's future for Asian money. For many business people and politicians, this current sell-out of Australia to Asia is primarily a matter of "profits before people" (or "money before motherland"). Ordinary Australians can expect little from "our leaders" who are prepared to sell-out Australia's future just to make a few lousy dollars.

Note: In 1997 The Age published an interview with the USA's ambassador to Australia, Genta Hawkins Holmes, revealing some very pertinent comments: This is an "interesting" viewpoint from an American ambassador. So, it appears that not only is Australia part of Asia, but America is too. Considering that Asia also adjoins Europe and Africa, then surely that must mean that Europe and Africa are part of Asia as well? Indeed, maybe the whole world is part of Asia? Or just maybe the "we're part of Asia" talk from politicians and businessmen is just a load of rubbish? As some Asians have already realised, the "we're part of Asia" line is simply one way that some people are trying to ingratiate themselves with an Asia that they consider to be laden with money-making possibilities.

The Asianisation of Australia:
An Exposť of the "Asian Future" Being Forced Upon Australia (Volume 1)

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