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The Australian Constitution had enshrined and legitimised the White Australia policy by a direct reference to race as a provision for enfranchisement and disenfranchisement.
Provision as to races disqualified from voting
For the purposes of the last section, if by the law of any State all persons of any race are disqualified from voting at elections for the more numerous House of the Parliament of the State, then, in reckoning the number of the people of the State or of the Commonwealth, persons of that race resident in that State shall not be counted.
A Threat To White Australia
By 1901, there were approximately 9000 Pacific Islanders working the cane fields of Queensland. Their presence was seen as an enormous threat to White Australia. During the first year of Federation, Prime Minister Barton introduced the Pacific Island Labourers Bill into the Federal Parliament.
“White Australia!” – With a Black Smudge
Politics is a game, and politicians are gamblers. Probably, nearly all politicians would prefer to win with honest cards; but the essential thing is to win…”
The Bulletin, April 6, 1901
Although the enactment of the White Australia policy in 1901 is usually associated with the Immigration Restriction Bill in both the popular and political mind it was also enacted by the passing of the Pacific Island Labourers Bill. In Parliament, the debate for one often merged into the debate for the other. In the flurry to produce a white nation and render invisible the Aboriginal inhabitants of Australia, the concern was to protect Australia’s borders from non-white newcomers and to exclude those who were already in the country; the Pacific Islanders.
The Bill ordered the recruitment of the Pacific Islanders to cease after 1903 and gave the federal authorities the power to deport any Islander found in Australia after December 1906. The only Pacific Islanders allowed to stay were those who had arrived in Queensland prior to September 1, 1879, those working in crews on ships and those granted certificates of exemption under the Immigration Restriction Act (1). The Bill granted compensation to the sugar industry and ordered the introduction of white labour on a just wage.
The inference was not so apparant to many readers and constitutional jurists alike suffice it to suggest that the Australian founding document had given the green light for lawmakers to pass respective federal laws legitimising laws of exclusion of persons from equal enfranchised rights based purely on race. The most salient law that would be passed after the passing of the Australian Constitution within the British Parliament in 1901 was the passing of the Pacific Island Labourers Act 1901 leading up to the Immigration Restriction Act of 1901.
The attitudes which had permeated within the political movements such as the Australian National Action and other ultra right wing xenophobia has become institutionally infiltrated within the purportedly leftwing ideological foundations of the Australian Labor party. The truism of this infiltration is the true lack of connectivity and interaction between the pluralist Australian community with the hitherto monocultural policy formulators within the heart of the ALP think tank.
I have lived in Australia for the past 31 years after having migrating from New Zealand, and, in 2009, I had finally become enfranchised as an Australian citizen. Recently, however, I had finally become a member of the Australian Labor Party and I had adopted a political social attitude that was based upon my socio-economic circumstances. I had endeavoured to embue a citizenry democratic notion of my Australian identity that was based upon my enfranchised status as a battler migrant, only to realise that, in reality, the truth of Australian realpolitickal life is facile personality politics, devoid of ideological premise, impracticial, whimsical, realpolitically irrelevant, and inconsequential, for many of the collective within the the Logan and South East Queensland electorate. Moreover, at the grass roots level, institutional exclusion, unemployment, inequality of opportunity, anti-discrimination at the workplace, tokenistic affirmative action, are merely gestures proffer an appearance of social justice measures are being met. But, in truth, even amongst the purported ALP equalitarian ideologues, there is inequality within their pecking order of policy making processes. There is a political elitist inner circle of political ideologues within the ALP party structure which is anti-equalitarian, which is indeed against the ‘battler’ concerns apart for when it is politically expedient to do so.
The Australian population is thwarted by the elective dictatorship which has become synomonous with Australian political elitism that has arisen even from the commonness of the Australian labor party which is essentially founded by the working class and the so called battlers of our society. As it turns out, the reality, reveals, a complete reversal of tyranny by a privileged few with the rule by the ochlocratic mob. The tyranny by the masses whilst it may be considered as democratic and politically sanctioned, for the minority, particularly the Samoans, they are disadvantaged by their socio-economic status, by their employment condition based overtly upon the them versus us bigotted attitude by many simplistic minds that is indeed the ordinary Australian mindset. The bifurcated view of their political reality of the Australian political creature is indeed simplistic, you are either white or you’re a them, a black, and a disempored minority.
The perception of a mulitculturalist pluralistic society is considered to be pallatable but it is too confusing and too complicated for the simplistic minded battler. Instead, a bifurcated them versus us will suffice. In truth, the pluralistic nature of Australian society has revealed the Samoan as being lumped in together with Indonesians, all other Pacific Islanders, Malaysians and South East Asians, as a collective enemy by many Eurocentric Australian.
The purported protectionist political parties have professed to stand for the Indigenous cultures whilst, in truth, they are in disguised a latent Eurocentric xenophobic political machinary, ie, the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_First_Party
The Eureka flag is a symbol synomonous with the ultra right political ideologues embedded within the Australian Labor movement and the Australian Labor Party. http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/28/1077677015074.html These people are vile and extremely bigotted. I have found their blend of politics completely enshrined within the ALP, the Queensland political party, the Australian Party, as well as the mainstream Liberal National Party (LNP).
The lack of attention paid to the recent housefires within Queensland has also sparked some suspicions of the reluctance attitude of the present incumbent government in explaining the housing conditions, particularly regarding the installation and operational effectiveness of fire/smoke alarms within Queensalnd houses as per the prescription of the law. As it turns out the post fire forensic reports are incomplete suffice it to suggest that recommendations for the improvement of smoke and fire detection alarms are questionable in light of the recent spate of housefires and the more serious 11 deaths of Australian Pacific Islanders in Logan City, south of Brisbane.
After a recent regional conference of the ALP I had been privy to the notifications of various motions of policy amendments and proposals to government, I had realised that my motion in support of fire alarms upgrades was ignored which I believe is considered as irrelevant to the Australian Labor PArty and for Queenslanders.
O lenei ua ou taumafai ina sué se pati e feasoasoani mo tagata Samoa ma o isi tagata Pasifika oloó nofo iinei i Ausetalia.
Faáfetai lava ma le faáloalo lava
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