Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Protestors get ready: Bush to tour Australia in October - with Rumsfeld!: "Although he comes at the invitation of John Howard, the Prime Minister must be rueing the day he pressed for the visit because Bush's presence is likely to trigger anti-US demonstrations of a kind we have not seen since October 1966 when president Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) became the first US president to visit Australia."

Summers contrasts a visit and domain speech by Clinton in 1996 with the speech of Hanson in parliament: "Clinton spoke just two months after the newly elected Pauline Hanson had given her maiden speech. "Immigration and multiculturalism are issues that this Government is trying to address, but for far too long ordinary Australians have been kept out of any debate by the major parties," she had told Federal Parliament.

"I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished. I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Between 1984 and 1995, 40 per cent of all migrants coming into this country were of Asian origin. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate. Of course I will be called racist, but if I can invite whom I want into my home, then I should have the right to have a say in who comes into my country. A truly multicultural country can never be strong or united. The world is full of failed and tragic examples, ranging from Ireland to Bosnia to Africa and, closer to home, Papua New Guinea. America and Great Britain are currently paying the price."

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