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April 28, 2005

Australian-Style Politics

Well it seems that the current UK election campaign has thrown up a new euphemism, Australian-Style politics. The Tory opposition wants to introduce a points based migration system (like Australia), but what is at play is a form of negative campaigning that seeks to appeal to a perceived notion of the “cultural damage of migration”. […]

Well it seems that the current UK election campaign has thrown up a new euphemism, Australian-Style politics. The Tory opposition wants to introduce a points based migration system (like Australia), but what is at play is a form of negative campaigning that seeks to appeal to a perceived notion of the “cultural damage of migration”. It is sad indeed that whilst Labour in opposition looked to the Keating-Era government for a progressive, cosmopolitan and word-embracing politics the current Tory opposition looks to the present Howard government for regressive, xenophobic and pusillanimous politics.

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Matt Stone 18 years ago

God no! Don’t follow us! That “illegal immigrant” / “children overboard” election saga made many of us feel ashamed to call ourselves Australian.

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