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CLIVE (reading)
Something is happening in Laos.

GIRLIE
Someone should complain to the Council.

CLIVE (reading)
Something is happening in Laos, but you can never make out what…

— Patrick White, The Season at Sarsaparilla (1962)

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“[The Bulletin] had a reputation for ‘an arid kind of diehard reactionaryism, even among conservatives’. It should be for things, as well as against them, and if it was going to attack, it should be ready to attack established institutions, etc. It should spring surprises. I knew I had to get a move on… I had to knock down what was left of this nasty national edifice in a few sharp blows, so that they would never be able to put it back together again.

The first step came on the day of the takeover: I told Ken Prior I wanted to remove the slogan AUSTRALIA FOR THE WHITE MAN. Surely you can’t do that, he said. It has been The Bulletin’s slogan from time immemorial. No it hasn’t, I said. Earlier it was AUSTRALIA FOR THE WHITE MAN AND CHINA FOR THE CHOW.”

— Donald Horne, How I came to write The Lucky Country (2005)

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“Don Willesee came to see me with a request that I accompany him to Whitlam’s office. He wanted to get a ruling on the admissibility of certain categories of refugees… Whitlam stuck out his jaw and, grinding his teeth, turned to Willesee and thundered, “I’m not having hundreds of fucking Vietnamese Balts coming into this country with their political and religious hatreds against us”… I could have hugged him for putting my own view so well…”

— Clyde Cameron, China, Communism and Coca-Cola (1980)

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“Thousands of miners marched under it in a series of riots against Chinese diggers and colonial police in 1860 and 1861 on the goldfields around what was Lambing Flats and is now the bustling orchard town of Young… a clumsy Eureka-style cross painted on tent canvas, bordered by the slogan “Roll up roll up, no Chinese”.

— Nick O’Malley, The Age (Nov. 22 2006)

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“He has a “Fortress Australia” view, which says that, because some people are uncomfortable with new arrivals, we should limit their entry… Australia’s national interest in respect of Asia has never been clearer. It is at odds with Mr. Howard’s self-interest.

Mr. Howard proclaimed his new migration policy on his return to Australia from the United Kingdom and Israel. Allegedly, he had had a transfusion of political courage from Margaret Thatcher.

It’s a pity he didn’t stop off at Singapore on his way home. Lee Kuan Yew might have been able to demonstrate why Australia faces the risk of becoming the poor white trash of Asia.”

— Max Walsh, Sydney Morning Herald (Aug. 8 1988)

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