Letter to The Editor - Anything smacking of racism is anathema
To The New York Times My fellow countryman Waleed Aly has offered an insightful comment on the recent federal elections result, focusing on what he calls our tendency towards caution rather than any "right-wing" or "hard" conservatism in Australia's soul. What he omitted, however, was any reference to the enormous ideological struggle that has been going on here since the Whitlam (ALP) government took office at the end of 1972. There are those of us who are happy with our historical story of British colonisation, the transition to dominion status after federation and the continuation of our Christian sacred tradition and monarchical constitution. We are pleased to go on as part culturally of the Anglosphere. Many other Australians disagree. They do want big change. Away with the monarchy and the flag and any further hanging on to Britain's coat-tails, they cry! They have much more say in our national forums than do we conservatives. Equality rather than class stratification is their preference. Anything smacking of racism is anathema. The essential message of the very close result in these elections is that this intense struggle between the adherents of two different Australias will continue and that the end result is still in doubt.
Nigel Jackson, Melbourne, Australia
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