This anti-immigration cartoon was published about seven weeks after
Australia became a Federation of States. It reflects the widely-held fear
that non-white immigrants would bring with them a willingness to work for
lower wages than white Australians were used to earning, and would lower
the general standard of living and change the Australian lifestyle for ever.
At this time, under the new Commonwealth, legislation was being drawn up
to prevent non-whites from entering the country, and to send Kanaka
labourers in the Queensland sugar fields back where they came from.
This was the beginning of the 'White Australia' policy.
Sample Cartoon 2
Not sure how much I agree with this (all of it anyway). After all if race was only skin deep I would not be a White Patriot. Interesting nonetheless.
Editorial defends Australia's immigration policy
In a few plainly expressed, homely paragraphs, the Prime Minister, in his Sunday night "weekly broadcast", restated the basic factors behind our national policy of vigorous but selective immigration. These, as Mr Chifley pointed out, are as valid today as when the statutes of the respective States were incorporated in a federal law early in this century.
There is no ideal in which national agreement so nearly approaches unanimity as the desire for homogeneity, colloquially expressed in the terms "white Australia." Any tampering with this policy for economic gain on the part of some small, affluent minority who would welcome a flood of cheap, coolie labour, or by a few impractical sentimentalists, would arouse widespread indignation. Australia asks only the same right as that recognised and practised by every other nation - the right to determine how her population shall be composed. This generation of Australians recognises a duty to preserve the heritage passed on by the pioneers who developed this continent and made it habitable.
It is to be hoped that Mr Chifley's clear disclaimer will dispose of the false and mischievous notion that any sense of racial superiority is expressed or implied in our national policy. The blare of publicity which has attended the routine carrying out of the law in a few exceptional cases arising from the peculiar circumstances of the war, is to be deprecated. If traced to its source, this clamour will be found to be motivated, not by any mass urge of Asians to gain unrestricted right of entry into Australia - a right which they themselves do not accord even to other Asians - but by the strong desire of critics prepared to discredit the Government by any propaganda device.
The peoples of Asia, toward whom in their upsurgent consciousness of nationality Australia adopts a good-neighbourly attitude, would not find in this continent, with its own problems of light rainfall over wide semi-arid areas and liability to droughts, any appreciable relief from their population pressures. Their leaders who are well informed on the subject will endorse Mr Chifley's words that "the only way for Asians to achieve peace and prosperity for all their nations was through strenuous efforts in their own lands, and not through emigration." To this end they can rely on the good will, cultural friendliness and the material benefits of mutually advantageous trade with Australia.
Sydney Morning Herald - March 21, 1901
A meeting under the auspices of the Australian Liberal Association to assist Mr. J. C. Beer's candida- ture for the West Sydney Electorate, was held at the Federation Hall, Church-hill, last night. Mr. B. Daly presided, and there was a moderate attendance.
Mr. R. E. O'Connor, K.U, who first addressed the meeting, urged the claims of Mr. Beer to occupy a place in the House of Representatives. After briefly outlining the policy of the present Federal Ministry, he alluded to the black labour question in Queensland.
Alderman J. C. Beer, in his speech, supported the principles of the Federal Ministry. He said that if returned he would work towards the passing of an industrial arbitration bill. He would support the white Australia policy, the adoption of adult suffrage, an old-age pension scheme, and a voluntary system of defence. Mr. Beer also spoke at length in favour of protection.
A vote of confidence in the candidate was moved by Captain Chuck, seconded by Mr. Donolloy, and carried
Mr. R. A. Price, M.L.A., also addressed the gathering.
SidebarCurrently Australia is on a campaign for creating a multicultural country. They have created anti-discrimination policies similar to those we have here in the United States and promote cultural diversity among the public. They have even created a Council for a Multicultural Australia (CMA) which was established to help Australians understand the benefits of being a multicultural nation and create a greater harmony among the people. With the introduction of new cultures into Australia the culture has been affected. The predominant religion in Australia is still Christian, but Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism are the fastest growing religions, and though English is still the most widely spoken language more than 2.5 million of the people speak another language (Rowntree, 608).
Through the elimination of the White Australia Policy Australia has evolved from a racist country into one that is multiculturally diverse. Their evolvement has allowed them to keep up in world economics and become a successful country.
Now why don't China, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan don't need to be multiracial to be successful? Only White countries "need" this "enrichment".
I realize there is talk of changing the Australian flag.
A New Flag for Australia?
PLEASE DON'T. The Australian Flag is part of White Australia's history.
That being you'll do have a very interesting flag history!
Flag of Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I also think this one is great!
Boxing kangaroo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Speaking of boxing kangaroo
A boxing kangaroo wearing a slouch hat painted on the nose of a RAF B-24 Liberator bomber flown by a RAAF crew based in Agra, India, c. 1943-44.
During World War II the boxing kangaroo became a national symbol in the Royal Australian Air Force, when during 1941 boxing kangaroos were stencilled on Australian fighter aircraft of the No. 21 Squadron RAAF based in Singapore and Malaya in order to differentiate their aircraft from British planes. The practice soon spread to other units, as well as onto ships in the Royal Australian Navy.
Very symbolic of White Australia!