Saturday, February 7, 2009

Keep immigrants coming, demands non-Australian Rupert Murdoch

From the Courier Mail:

RUPERT Murdoch has urged Australia to keep its doors open to immigration in a glowing tribute to the nation's most successful arrival, Frank Lowy.

The News Corporation chairman declared Australia's richest man the face of a nation built by migrants.

Mr Murdoch made the comments at a tribute dinner for Mr Lowy held by the American Australian Association.

In a warm and at times intimate speech, he presented himself and Mr Lowy as something of mirror images of each other: He, the Australian who gave up his citizenship to pursue business overseas, and Mr Lowy, the Hungarian migrant who came to embody his adopted homeland.

"In my recent Boyer Lectures I spoke of the importance to Australia's future of a liberal immigration system," Mr Murdoch said.

"Few other Australians embody the breadth of achievement or the contribution to Australia's prosperity made by immigrants in this country than Frank Lowy.

"There are few stories in which such hardship in early life has been transformed into such towering achievement as the story of Frank Lowy.

"In the 80s he marvelled at the fact that I was an Australian who had become regarded as a foreigner while he was a foreigner who had made his name as an Australian."

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull both attended the dinner - an indication of Mr Lowy's influence - and as usual Mr Murdoch had a strong message for them: Keep them coming in.

Sorry, Rupert, but you aren't an Australian citizen anymore, and so your opinion is irrelevant. Go sell your open-borders agenda to the U.S. government.

The fact that Murdoch traded his Australian citizenship for an American passport for business reasons tells us everything we need to know about his views on the nation-state. He obviously has no concept of national loyalty. To him, matters of national identity and culture are irrelevant. He is a prime example of what Samuel Huntington labelled "Davos Man", global economic elites who "have little need for national loyalty, view national boundaries as obstacles that thankfully are vanishing, and see national governments as residues from the past whose only useful function is to facilitate the elite's global operations."

If Murdoch had his way, Australia wouldn’t even exist in anything but a geographical sense.

As for Lowy, why are our political leaders honouring a notorious tax cheat? Are they such whores that they'll rub shoulders with anybody, as long as they have a buck or two to throw to their re-election campaigns?

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