Despite widespread criticism of the proposed citizenship pledge and the test of knowledge of Australia to be posed in English The Australian newspaper reports that 85% of Australians support this test. My surprise is that the figure is so low.
The release of Cabinet Papers yesterday also shows that Liberal ex-Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, can be brought to account for what some euphemistically refer to as 'problems of multiculturalism' rampant among Lebanese Muslim communities in south-west Sydney. Fraser allowed into Australia, in the late 1970s, refugee migrants that then immigration authorities described as lacking requisite qualities for integration - many were illiterate, unskilled and had questionable characters (and even personal hygiene).
There were warnings at the time that terrorists and criminals could be seeking to enter Australia. The then Immigration Minister, Michael MacKellar, stated that the Lebanese refugee program was 'scraping the bottom of the barrel with regard to quality'. Even the local Lebanese community indicated they would not oppose more stringent requirements on Lebanese seeking entry.
The high-unemployment, high-crime communities established in Sydney’s south-west and the associated social problems are attributable to Fraser’s poor decisions. These migrants, and their progeny, are the same minority who cry out for jihad, participate in riots at Cronulla and generally hold in contempt Australia's democracy. As John Howard has stated, they have ‘attitudes utterly antagonistic to our kind of society’.
Fraser is a patrician hypocrite, loved by the left, who damns Howard for inducing divisiveness.
But Howard has increased the immigration intake and refocused it to include skilled migrants who add economically and culturally to Australia. It was Fraser’s inept policies, not John Howard, that has led to the fiasco in Sydney’s south-west.