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Old 13th Nov 2007, 17:01   #6
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Default Re: Australia's John Howard goes for the jugular

I think he makes some fair points; my worry would be that he is giving succour to those who would prefer to be less than fair to recent immigrants.

There are some points here which I would nod in agreement with, and others which make me take a sharp intake of breath, such as:

This idea of Australia being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity.
But then he says:
By all means, keep your culture, but do not force it on others.
Which seems fair enough. My worry would be that the less fair-minded would see this statement coming from the Prime Minister as legitimising victimisation of the '[insert minority of choice] GO HOME' variety. As JS said, pandering to people's easiest prejudices.
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