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Australia should be a "gateway to the world"

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During an Australia Day speech, Michael Pezzullo, the head of the immigration department, told his department that Australia should not think of itself as a European (White) country and become a “gateway to the world”, or better said a second Babylon, the first one being the United States of course.

“It is always going to be the case that we were, and therefore will always be, a settler nation” he said. “The ancient indigenous heritage, a British foundation of social and political order, and the multicultural diversity of our ­immigrant society will always co-exist on our island continent, and in our hearts and minds.”

“But we should increasingly reframe our national self-understanding and speak more of ­engaging with the world, and not just settling our land. The vestiges of insularity and living ensconced in our sheltered land, far from our ‘home’, have passed away.”

In other words, he is saying that Australia should stop thinking of itself as a European country with a majority White population, and think of itself as a “nation of immigrants”.

Pezzullo said White Australia should be considered as the foundations for a new Australia, not the “final and complete definition of our story“.

“More than settlement, we should look to become Australia’s gateway to the world, and the world’s gateway to Australia.”

“But the overwhelming and predominant role of the department will be to act as the open conduits of Australia’s engagement with the world around us, whether for the purposes of trade, travel, or migration.”

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