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Boomerang

An English Test not a Dictation Test

Given our history of the White Australia Policy, and the xenophobia of the fringes of the Liberal Party and its voting mate the One Nation Party, many Australians have greeted this new provision with deep suspicion. The echoes of the 1930s ring loud and it is up to the government to prove its policies do not stem from such roots. The Australian Natives Association in its 1939 Congress in Warrnambool, demanded that any aliens permitted to enter the country should not be permitted to concentrate together in communities, should not be permitted to have their own schools or teach in their own languages, nor have foreign language newspapers.

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