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Immigration and Multiculturalism Good, ‘Fortress Australia’ Bad

Immigration and Multiculturalism Good, ‘Fortress Australia’ Bad

‘We can’t return to Fortress Australia’. AUSTRALIA would risk its future prosperity it if chose the isolationist path on immigration. The warning was made by former Victorian premier Steve Bracks.

In an impassioned speech in Melbourne last night, Mr Bracks urged Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott to “set the national tone” and recommit to multiculturalism. Giving the 2010 Brookes Oration for Deakin University, he said that just as immigrants had been pivotal to the nation’s postwar success, they remained vital for the coming century.

“We need migrants,” he said. “We need them in our workforce to drive our economy into the 21st century. We need them to help us make the transition to a sustainable economy. It’s not a question of yes or no on migration.”

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