Multiculturalism and Mass Immigration III
In 1973 the world economy changed, the warning signs had been there but no one really wanted to notice. Inflation and mass unemployment returned to Australia after being absent for decades. Both had existed in small measure but now they became dominate features of the economy. Inflation was brought under control but unemployment become permanent, it has never left since the early 1970’s. You would think that good policy would say that as unemployment was high immigration should stop or at least be curtained. Well for a time it was curtained but it never stopped and by the late 1970’s it was bigger than it had been. The big change in the period 1970-2000 was that now immigration from Asia and Muslim countries grew strongly. What had been small populations of a few thousand grew into the hundreds of thousands. In 1989 after the Tienanmen square massacre in China the Australian Government granted nearly 200,000 Chinese citizens in Australia at that time, permanent residence overnight. It should be pointed out not all stayed and it was popular at the time. But it gives a measure of the Australian Government’s commitment to immigration.
In 2000 immigration became a very controversial issue in Australia because of boats arriving from Indonesia with illegal refugees/asylum seekers. The people were not Indonesians but mostly from the Middle East. The Australian people have always been outraged by those who arrive without the Government’s permission, by extension, the peoples approval. It brought into disrepute Australia’s entire refugee policy, if refugees can decide for themselves why should we as a nation have a policy that admits them was the question the majority of Australian’s asked. There was a very vocal minority that said this was simply racism and that Australia was a wealthy country and that we should in effect have a policy of open borders. Immigration or at least refugee immigration was controversial, even in Parliament. The issue is unsettled, it remains highly controversial with the most extreme views being expressed on both sides of the often public debate.
Australia today has nearly 1 in 3 of it's population having been born overseas, in 100 years we have gone from 98% to 66% with no end in sight. Only Luxembourg has a higher immigrant population than Australia. If things continue as they have white Australians will be as much a memory as the white Australia policy itself.
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