Write on: Letters to the editor

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Racism

Pauline Hanson's racism is only the expression of Australia's xenophobia inherited from Mother England. Just consider some facts: the enormous hateful and spiteful animosity when we changed into the decimal system; the uproar when mama England joined the EU; the absence of foreign names on cenotaphs of soldiers who fought and died in the Australian army (i.e. Dutch soldiers and navy and airforce men).

Why is there never a "foreign" film on the national broadcaster? Why is the European Song Festival seen by millions around the world, except here, where it is delegated to SBS (viewer 5% maybe)?

Why is the "Migrant Business Award" never shown on the ABC? — a most inspiring and informative program that would enlighten Australians about the contribution migrants have made and still make with their inventions or factories, having started from scratch and prospered thanks to enormous sacrifices and tenacity.

Why is it that Australia does not recognise the skills and degrees of learning from non-Anglo countries; Israel excepted (information from the Department of Labour)? Why is foreign literature or theatre, or historic and modern excellence, never mentioned in education, media or business? Why is the percentage of pupils passing their foreign language exams the lowest in the world?

Why does the media only mention the nasty things that happen in foreign countries and never the good things like inventions or solutions to labour or population problems, or the great shows or conventions going on? Why are the "foreign" films on SBS only at 12 noon and after 9.30pm at night?

These are just a few obvious facts, but there are another thousand secret machinations with the sole aim of keeping Australian culture "pure" and free from"foreign contamination" (Freemasonry, ASIO, "think tanks", "advisers").

In the animal world a policy like this would cause severe inbreeding and the animals would be slaughtered, but in the Anglo world they call it "culture".

Josie van der Leeden
South Perth

Alternatives

Labour-saving devices should have an annual tax levy — devices such as automatic teller machines, bulldozers, computers, etc. The money collected should then be used by governments to employ people in important public works such as building an express-way from Sydney to Brisbane, schools, hospitals, new airports and public transport.

Compulsory retirement at 65, plus a shorter working week should get the young working (and the not so young).

Jean Hale
Balmain NSW