Letter to The Editor - We need a reduced immigration intake with priority given to European and Christian persons
To The Australian Henry Ergas asks "what can be done to give our nation, and the patriotism it is owed, reinvigorated meaning in today's world?" ("Frenchman with a forked tongue", 16/11) The answer, which he shirks providing, is that we need a fundamental reversal of post-war immigration policy and a profound reform of the Christian sacred tradition. "Common descent or a common rootedness in ancestral soil" remain vitally important and potentially capable of restoration as drivers of national policy. Religious and ethnic solidarity are still the two most binding influences on national unity. We need a reduced immigration intake with priority given to European and Christian persons; but we cannot rely on an exclusivist theology that has become badly out of date as well as severely questioned by historical research into the early centuries AD.
Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic