Enter the Dragon: Australia Imports a New Elite

As you have

probably heard by now
, Australia`s general election
of November 24 swept from power Liberal Party Prime
Minister John Howard, who had held the office since
1996. It proved a triumph for his opponent, the
Australian Labor Party`s new and largely untested leader
Kevin Rudd, who has

a 27-seat majority
in the federal parliament.

Among the election`s issues:

(to a very limited extent), the economy, tax
cuts, national security,

climate change,
and quasi-generational change (Rudd
is a youthful-looking 50 years old, Howard an
increasingly tired-looking 68). Almost everything, in

mass immigration
, on which both candidates were
locked in a bipartisan embrace.

Sound familiar?

Don`t expect the average
Australian newspaper editor to notice, let alone to
challenge, this state of affairs. There is a

why VDARE.COM has a disproportionately high
number of Australian readers.

But, happily, one
Australian noticed it—and not only noticed it but
published a whole book devoted to it before the election
campaign started.

Peter Wilkinson, editor
of the quarterly

Independent Australian
, brought out

The Howard Legacy:
Displacement of Traditional
Australia from the Professional and Managerial Classes

(Independent Australian Publications, Post Office Box 8,
Essendon 3040, Victoria, Australia, 2007, 170 pp). A
past president of the

Royal Australian Chemical Institute
, Dr. Wilkinson
comprehensively knows whereof he speaks.

The Howard Legacy is entirely unmarred by the
crank-pamphlet Gestalt. Its author has
concentrated severely upon number-crunching (Steve
will enjoy reading this study). It bears no
personal rancor towards the Chinese immigrants whose
invasion he chronicles. When a government is foolish
enough and short-sighted enough to roll out the welcome
mat regardless of the possibilities for long-term
assimilation, then, as Dr. Wilkinson says, "Who can
blame people for taking advantage of these policies if
they can?"

In table after table, diagram after diagram, Dr.
Wilkinson explains the trends. Once John Howard first
obtained office in 1996, he immediately cut back on
immigration from all sources. In the 1995-96 fiscal year
99,139 immigrants were admitted; the annual total fell
to 85,732 in 1996-97 and then to 77,327 in 1997-98.

But then it crept up after Howard`s narrow victory in
the 1998 election to a postwar peak of 107,366 in
2000-01. Another cutback followed this peak—the totals
for 2001-02 and 2002-03 were respectively 88,900 and
93,914 immigrants. But by 2003-04 the total was
ballooning again: in 2005-06 we had

another postwar peak of 131,593.
(A much more
detailed statistical breakdown of immigrants` arrival
patterns over the last decade can be found here.
[Settler arrivals 1996-97 to 2006-07 Australia States
and territories

To give Howard credit, he remained tough on illegal
immigration, ever since

his deeds in 2001.
It was legal immigration
that he encouraged and increased to record levels. But
his 2001 success meant that his opponent declared his
own opposition to illegal immigration, too. [Rudd
to turn back boatpeople
By Paul Kelly and
Dennis Shanahan, The Australian, November 23,

Australia is famously

"girt by sea,"
and is a luckier country than the
US with no shallow, fordable Rio Grande River for
immigrants to cross.  Illegal immigrants are thus a
minor element in Australian demographics. The real
problem will always be those immigrants the Government
allows and encourages to immigrate.

Whence come these immigrants?

One thing for which we can be (slightly) grateful: in
Australia, the U.S.-style

racket is no longer the
juggernaut it was. Skilled migration has become much
more prominent. There are even,

mirabile dictu
, attempts made to demand from
skilled-migration candidates a certain proficiency in
English. So far, so good.

But note how theory breaks down against the seemingly
irresistible onrush of open-borders practice.
Theoretically, as Dr. Wilkinson explains, overseas
applicants for university study in Australia need to
have passed

Band 6 of the International English Language Test System
, which declares them to be "competent" in
the tongue. But if a migrant is already here and wants
the so-called Subclass 880 skilled-migrant visa, he need
only pass IELTS Band 5. Two-thirds of those migrants who
qualify for Subclass 880 are, in fact, stuck at the Band
5 stage. How very reassuring if you are forced to depend
on them for preparing your

tax return
, or

removing your brain tumor

And yes, naturellement, however far behind the
eight-ball the ethnic lobbyists might be at actually
writing or uttering grammatical English, there is one
word which they have perfectly mastered the art of
pronouncing, to good careerist effect. That word is, of
course, "racist".

Dr. Wilkinson takes us on a guided tour of the
giggle-house now euphemistically known in Australia as
"university education", with its zeal for handing
out degrees to even the most inept

foreign students
. He quotes the surreptitious—and,

necessarily, anonymous
—confessions of the academics
faced with such students: such as "I give them 51% to

get them out of my hair",
and "An audit
demonstrated that it was almost exclusively
international students who appealed against penalties."

The little darlings are impressively gifted in
plagiarism also. Encouraged, no doubt, by the
plagiarism-mania already flourishing

at the

highest levels,
thanks to the likes of David
Robinson, former boss of Melbourne`s

Monash University,
who resigned after

the third time he was caught committing plagiarism.

On and on it goes, with a particularly valuable
rogues` gallery of modern Chinese-Australian
legislators, few of whom could be trusted on any topic
more controversial than tomorrow`s sunrise. Most of them
have nuisance value rather than anything more sinister.
Some are downright amusing, such as one Peter Wong. Mr.
Wong served in New South Wales` parliament (from the
1999 state election to the 2007 state election) as
representative for

an anti-Pauline-Hanson operation
, only to fall out
with the party`s Jewish executive director by

denouncing Israel.

The sole gallery member to make a national name for
himself has been

Melbourne`s mayor John So
, subject of   a

reverential rap ditty called "John So He`s My

Mr. So`s more or less total inability to speak
English, despite having lived in Australia since 1964,

the stuff of Internet legend
. It briefly threatened
to derail his chances of obtaining the mayoralty, when
that office was thrown open to popular election for the
first time.

An opposing candidate, Peter Shepperd, bravely raised
the matter of Mr. So`s difficulties with the English
language. Then, in Dr. Wilkinson`s words, "The
dreaded cry of `racism` was raised and Shepperd withdrew
from the contest."

Clearly, no one has dared tell Mr. So about Tom
Lehrer`s deathless epigram:
"If a person can`t communicate, the very least he can
do is shut up

VDARE.COM readers will already have encountered the
saga of

Australian law professor Andrew Fraser
, suspended
from Sydney`s Macquarie University after he dared to
question the prevailing utopian dreams of
multiracialism. These ludicrous proceedings The
Howard Legacy
discusses at some length.

Dr. Wilkinson makes it clear—without actually saying
outright—that the single most tragic element in
modern Australian society
is not the "racist"
culture in which we are

supposedly marinated,
but rather, our complete lack
of a

First Amendment
or anything like it. The

anti-Fraser campaign
was, after all, doing nothing
more obscure than imitating the success of the lynching
bee that 20

years earlier
had forced the

eminent historian Geoffrey Blainey
out of his job.

Dr. Wilkinson`s interests are not confined to the
Australian scene. One book to which he repeatedly refers
is Amy Chua`s World On Fire,
its first-hand accounts of

successful but locally detested Chinese in the
, and its surveys of

economically dominant but politically hounded market
(whether Chinese or other) elsewhere.

Malaysia has famously addressed the problems
resulting from its own Chinese market minority by two

1. mass murder, such as Kuala Lumpur`s May 1969
anti-Chinese rioting, which

remains off-limits for public discussion

a racial quota system, which Prime Minister Abdul

formulated in 1971
to give

preference to Malays
in education and bureaucratic

Dr. Wilkinson is not, need one say, advocating such
anti-Chinese maneuvers by Australian rulers. But one
does wonder how far Australian administrative
Caucasophobia has to continue before


whites start pining for a
Malaysian-type solution.

Thus far, The Howard Legacy has been totally
ignored by Australia`s predominantly

dopey Mainstream Media.
Meanwhile, said media are
happy enough to report with slavering enthusiasm such
fatuous schemes as former Queensland Premier Peter
Beattie`s demand that the country`s population be raised
from 20 million to 50 million. And no, this is not an
official bulletin from the Lyndon LaRouche brigade. This
is reality, or what passes in Australia for same. [`We
need 50 million Aussies`
, The Courier-Mail,
September 04, 2007]

As for the November 24 election, its outcome combines
with Dr. Wilkinson`s text to inspire the hope that the
Liberal Party will be euthanized altogether. (Already
the Liberal Party has proved unable to control any state
or territorial legislature since 2001.)

A good precedent exists for this collapse: the
annihilation during the 1940s of the United Australia
Party. Since this movement was little more than a shill
for Big Business at its stupidest—and had forced from
Sir Robert Menzies,
its one leader of stature—there
was no point in trying to revive it after it had been

clobbered at the 1943 general election

Instead, Menzies had the insight (even before that
election) to start a genuine conservative
movement from scratch. The movement which he
envisaged—and which, after 1943, he very largely
effected—would avoid the UAP`s dim-witted class warfare,
and would focus on those whom Menzies himself called

"The Forgotten People."
In this respect,

Pauline Hanson
may prove to have been a harbinger.

Merely to read Menzies` remarks is to realize anew
how unthinkable they would be, from any large Australian
political organization`s head, today. To find out
exactly why they are unthinkable, we need look no
further than Dr. Wilkinson`s painstakingly assembled

R. J. Stove [send him

lives in Melbourne and is a

Contributing Edito
r of

The American Conservative
. The views he
expresses are his own