Brown Australian Citizen
By Gideon Polya
15 May, 2005
Australia has had an appalling 2 century record of racism, violence
and human rights abuse ranging from 19th century slavery in the Pacific
Islands and genocide of indigenous peoples to continuing complicity
in horrendous Coalition passive genocide in the Occupied Iraqi and Afghan
Territories. White Australia actually achieved a Left-driven "window"
of remarkable social decency in the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, but
has seen an appalling resurgence of cowardly, nudge-nudge, wink-wink
racism over the last decade.
around the World have been all too aware of the White Australia Policy
that maintained a "Whites only" immigration policy from Australian
Federation in 1901 until the Whitlam Labor Government abolished it in
There were rare
exceptions, however, typically involving marriage partners. Thus in
1966 I went down to the White Australian Immigration offices in Adelaide
to get the immigration visa stamped for my fiancee (a Fiji Indian of
Bihari-Bengali background, university-educated like nearly all of her
immediate family and the daughter of a distinguished lawyer and member
of Parliament who had helped negotiate independence for his country).
There were 2 officials behind the counter and one of them pointedly
asked me "Is your fiancee a prostitute?" Having been wisely
brought up to avoid confrontation with such "people", I simply
replied "No , sir", the visa was stamped and nearly 40 years
on we are happily married, proud parents and indeed grandparents.
However the last
decade has seen explicit, red-neck anti-Asian racism and better-mannered
conservatives excelling in what has been called "dog whistling"
politics (after dog whistles that only dogs can hear) - while constrained
by post-Labor, public "political correctness" and even by
anti-bigotry legislation in some State jurisdictions, the conservative
Liberal-National Coalition has consistently appealed to red-neck racists
by words and deeds that diminish indigenous and immigration-derived
non-Europeans in White Australia.
Two major vehicles
for the New Racism of White Australia have been persecution of non-European
refugees and military support for Anglo-American "democratic imperialism"
(democratic Nazism) in the Middle East and Central Asia.
Thus in recent years
the conservative government has appallingly treated numerous, mostly
Muslim and Asian refugees through indefinite detention of thousands
of distressed adults and hundreds of traumatized children in abusive
"detention centres" (concentration camps) located in remote
deserts or remote Pacific islands; the failure to rescue hundreds of
refugees who perished in the Siev X refugee boat disaster; and sustained
public diminution and victimization of refugees and Muslims.
has militarily supported the UK-US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan
but there has been an almost comprehensive political and media failure
to report the horrendous human cost of the Coalition passive genocide
in these countries - the latest UN data show that the post-invasion
avoidable mortality and under-5 infant mortality in the Occupied Iraqi
and Afghan Territories have totalled 1.9 million and 1.5 million, respectively,
in the continuing context of negligible provision of medical and other
life-sustaining requisites by the Occupying Powers.
ago White Australia was rocked by the revelation that a mentally-ill,
WHITE Australian woman of German orgin, former air hostess Cornelia
Rau, had been wrongly detained for nearly a year in total in tropical
Queensland and thence abusively in a desert Immigration detention centre.
Now it has been
revealed that in 2001 a BROWN Australian citizen, Vivian Alvarez (Solon)
(married name Vivian Young), was taken from a Lismore hospital (in a
wheel chair, confused from mental illness and with her head bandaged
from car accident injuries) and fairly promptly and secretly deported
by plane to the Philippines. She was not heard of since UNTIL LAST WEEK
(when, thanks to media reportage, she was fortuitously found to be in
a Catholic hospice in the Philippines), even though Immigration became
aware of their mistake several years ago. Vivian Alvarez has family
in Australia including her 2 young children. The conservative government
refuses to have a proper judicial inquiry (for details see transcripts
from ABC Radio National: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1362258.htm
and ABC TV: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2005/s1362107.htm).
There are hundreds
of thousands of "non-White" Australian citizens (mostly deriving
from the post-White Australia Policy era) and about 0.4 million indigenous
Australians (who have only been counted since 1967 in White Australia).
All these Australian citizens are clearly at risk of precipitate, State-less,
friend-less and penniless deportation to a Third World country if they
become confused for medical reasons and fall into the hands of ignorant,
incompetent or racist White Australian officials.
Of course even worse
is to come in racist, bigoted, delusional White Australia. The conservative
government will gain control of both Houses of the Australian Federal
Parliament in July and have foreshadowed draconian extensions of hysterical,
post-9/11 anti-libertarian legislation. Thus they have proposed that
talking twice to a person (e.g. a salesperson, a stranger on a train)
associated with a proscribed (typically Muslim) organization should
attract a mandatory 3 year prison sentence with ignorance being no defence.
Dr Gideon Polya
29 Dwyer Street, Macleod, Melbourne, Victoria, 3085, Australia
Day & night telephone: +61 3 9459 3649
Credentials: Dr Gideon Polya published some 130 works in a 4 decade
scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text
"Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor
& Francis, New York & London, 2003), and is currently writing
a book on global mortality - numerous articles on this matter can be
found by a simple Google search for "Gideon Polya" and on
his website: http://members.optusnet.com.au/~gpolya/links.html