Something big happened in the history of immigration last year. It didn’t get any headlines. It had nothing to do with boats or asylum seekers. It wasn’t debated in Parliament. But it is probably the most important development in immigration in years.
Last year, for the first time in the history of Australia, the United Kingdom was not our largest source of permanent migrants. For the first time ever, more people moved to Australia from China than any other country.Bowen goes on to laud this historic shift in immigration patterns as vital to ensuring "Australia's role in the Asian Century". He also repeats the usual discredited rot about mass immigration being not only economically beneficial but essential (it is neither).
Bowen's article should have been entitled "Immigration paves our way into becoming an Asian colony," for he appears to be to essentially giving the populations of Asian countries the green-light to colonise Australia in the hope that it will lead to increased trade opportunities.
Bowen notes that China has replaced Britain - the nation that seeded modern Australia - as the number one source of new immigrants without any real public debate about this profound change in immigration source countries. Unwittingly, Bowen has conceded that our immigration policy is not subject to the democratic process. This shift in immigration will fundamentally alter the ethno-cultural makeup of Australia and indubitably effect every aspect of Australian national life. Yet the existing Australian people have been given no opportunity to debate whether or not these changes should occur.
If current immigration trends continue, we can assume that the end result will be an Asian-dominated Australia. Australia's founding Anglo-Celtic population will become a minority in this country. Surely it behooves all Australians to consider carefully the profound consequences to our society of such a radical change in the ethno-cultural makeup of our population. We need to consider the wider societal and cultural implications of immigration beyond its trivial economic aspects. After all, Australia is more than just an economy.