Australia`s August 21 Election: “The Circles Have Exploded”



When one views the fall-out from Australia
`s
most blessedly inconclusive general election in 70
years, a Latin phrase from



Saint Augustine

springs to mind.


circuitus
illi iam explosi sunt
,
boasted the



Bishop of Hippo
—”The
circles have exploded
.


No longer are Australian voters forced to choose



between two different brands

of New Class globalism. Suddenly and surprisingly, both
major parties



distanced themselves

from the



pro-immigration



Big
Australia

bipartisan consensus that has



dominated the country
`s
policies

since World War II. 


And last Saturday, August 21, voters delivered a sharp
blow to the political center, while rewarding
representatives from the radical Left (the Greens) and
the radical Right (
three
out of the four independents

who now hold the balance of parliamentary power).


The Greens snatched


 
from
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
`s
incumbent Labor Party at least one House of
Representatives seat (Melbourne, now held by industrial
lawyer



Adam Bandt
)
and almost a second (veteran Labor apparatchik



Anthony Albanese

just squeaked home in his western Sydney constituency of
Grayndler). What is more, they now have no fewer than
nine senators, up from five before last Saturday.


The bad news: Green policies are everything that regular
readers of, and writers for, this website are likely to
detest.
 
For the Green Party has long advocated



an endless Third World influx
as
well as



euthanasia
,
an actual increase in



pro-abortion laws
,
and same-sex


marriages.
Not surprisingly Sydney
`s
Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal George Pell, has described
the party as


sweet
camouflaged poison
.


(Green left-looneyism also led to a piquant scene during
election night television coverage of the results, when
Labor Climate Change Minister



Penny Wong
notable



for being a Malaysian-Chinese lesbian

rather than for any overwhelming administrative talents
was
upbraided by the Greens for her


anti-gay
marriage stance
.)


But more pleasurable to contemplate is



Bob Katter
,
most celebrated and colorful among the independent
parliamentarians.

 Indeed,
from the last few days
`
newspaper coverage, a Martian visiting Australia might
be forgiven for concluding that Katter was actually head
of government.


The proud possessor of both a 10-gallon hat and



an AK-47
,
Katter has actually been in the House of Representatives
since 1993, and an independent since falling out with
the rural-based National Party in 2001. But until last
week, the parliamentary majorities enjoyed by Prime
Ministers John Howard and Kevin Rudd reduced Katter
`s
relevance. Now he
`s
in the spotlight, and



enjoying every second of it
.



Buchananite

in his



economic protectionism
,

 Katter
also warrants attention for his lack of



wussie squeamishness

regarding the crocodile population in his native North
Queensland. (Queensland registered by far the strongest
ballot-box protest against Gillard
`s
rule.)



The
best place for a croc,




he asserted in 2008
,


is
on the tip of the gun
`s




foresight

and the shoulders of the rear sight."


But it is his attitude on the



immigration issue

that will most clearly pique VDARE.COM readers
`
interest.


Not only does Katter firmly oppose illegal immigration,
particularly when it takes the form of



people-smugglers
`
human cargoes
,
but he also


has his doubts about the legal sort.
(N.B. he
`s
of Lebanese descent)



"I love Australia
,
he assured Brisbane
`s
Courier-Mail
newspaper on Monday,


but
we`re a vanishing race, and we`re



burying our own identity under the waves of others

coming in from overseas.



[
Bob
Katter to make major parties earn his endorsement for
balance of power
,
by Peter Michael, August 23, 2010]


Katter is, of course, far more outspoken than either
Gillard or Liberal leader Tony Abbott would dare to be
on such matters.


Still, he is not alone in harboring reservations about
the


Big
Australia

mentality.


Abbott



promised last April

that the Liberals, if returned to power, would halve
Australia
`s
annual immigration intake, which is an absurdly high
300,000
equivalent
to four million  in
the U.S.; the total population of Australia is only



22.4

million.


And in July, Gillard herself responded to questions
about border security by


saying
mirabile
dictu
that
discussion on the topic should not be squelched. She was
reported as saying:



I`d
like to sweep away any sense that people should close
down any debate, including this debate, through a sense
of self-censorship or political correctness. People
should feel free to say what they feel. For people to
say they`re anxious about border security doesn`t make
them intolerant. It certainly doesn`t make them a
racist.
[Gillard
to get tough in asylum rethink
,
ABC News, July 5, 2010]


Which, coming from leftist Gillard, is almost as
spectacular a
volte-face
as it would be if



Christopher Hitchens

were to say


Hey,
there might be something to recommend




Christianity

after all
.


Will Katter
`s
political fate be happier than, sadder than, or about
the same as that of



Pauline Hanson
,
eclipsed during



John Howard
`s
reign?


As Zhou En-Lai observed when asked about the



French Revolution
`s

impact:

Too
soon to tell
.


But the moral for America: circles explode. Even
Australia
`s
apparently



perfect elite consensus on immigration

has proved surprisingly



vulnerable
.



R. J. Stove [send
him mail
] lives in Melbourne, Australia.