Leading article Australia

Great betrayal, Part II

28 July 2018

9:00 AM

28 July 2018

9:00 AM

The news that, behind our backs, the team that signed us up to the greatest betrayal of this nation by its own government since federation – the Paris Agreement on climate change – has been secretly co-authoring a new treaty that will rob Australia of its sovereignty and border security is beyond belief. Yet that is what has been happening: the Global Compact for Migration is officially in the works. It will hand ultimate control of our borders to UN mandarins. Tellingly, the US and Hungary (whose leaders have closely copied Tony Abbott’s border policies) refuse to sign.

Our current Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has said he will not sign the Compact ‘in its current form’, which probably means one of two things will happen: either Mr Dutton will be removed (as happened to Mr Abbott who stood in the way of the signing of the Paris Agreement) and replaced with a more compliant and ‘progressive’ Turnbullite minister; or a Labor government will eagerly sign us up to the Compact on the grounds that ‘we are simply implementing a Turnbull-era policy.’ Either way, Australia stands on the threshold of another great betrayal to mirror that of the Paris Accord. The great work done by Abbott, Morrison and Dutton in stopping the boats will be swept away as carelessly as were our cheap energy prices – all in the name of ‘we signed up to it, so we stick to it’.

Our border security is the envy of the world. Mr Turnbull and Ms Bishop must immediately rule out ever signing any UN Compact on Immigration. If they are not prepared to do so, then the Liberal party has no choice other than to replace them with leaders who will.

In praise of Alan Tudge

Minister for Citizenship Alan Tudge is a talented toiler in the outer ministry, when so many of his seniors in Cabinet are schemers, passengers or designer-dressed show ponies. Mr Tudge is a throwback to the Howard glory years. He believes it’s a privilege to settle in Australia. As a former McKinsey consultant, he knows people want to migrate because of what Australia offers to the world, and that means ensuring that our brand and product integrity are enhanced, not compromised, by the quality of our immigration intake.

Speaking in London, Mr Tudge rightly identified our success as a migrant nation coming down to two things. First, careful selection of new immigrants. Second, successful integration of new arrivals. Together, these ensure social cohesion based around migrants accepting that while they bring their own heritage, culture and customs with them, they must integrate and assimilate into the community.

Mr Tudge, like John Howard and Tony Abbott, is unashamedly a promoter of the Australian – indeed Western – values which make our country a beacon for immigrants. He is unafraid to demand new arrivals learn and speak English. He does not hesitate to call out, as un-Australian, alien behaviours such as female genital mutilation and sharia law.

The minister compared Europe and liked not what he saw. ‘I look at a country like Denmark requiring all children as young as one year old from certain areas to be placed into mandatory day-care for instruction in Danish values, and am thankful Australia is not in that position’, he told his London audience. He contrasted Australia’s secure borders to a Europe that no longer controls who comes, and the circumstances in which they come.

Back home, Mr Tudge rightly called out the Victorian Labor government for its squeamish softness on South Sudanese gang violence and, unlike Victorian premier Daniel Andrews, didn’t hesitate to link an ethnic group to crime rates. The minister was not saying the entire South Sudanese community in Victoria is violent and lawless, but unlike his progressive critics he did not tiptoe around the issue by pretending there is no ethnic dimension to the gang violence plaguing parts of Melbourne.

The first step to solving a problem is admitting there is one. Mr Andrews has denied Sudanese gang violence is a social problem: Mr Tudge put him right. We are fortunate to have, for now, a citizenship minister who does not kowtow to identity politics and stands up for Australian values being applied in Australia, and not airbrushing the criminal actions of a small minority of a minority. But if this is the Coalition government’s twilight time, and Shorten (or Albanese) soon may be in charge, expect the luvvie Left to discredit and trample on the very defining Australian values that Mr Tudge celebrates and champions, and get used to, instead, identity politics prevailing over national social cohesion. That is something a confident, welcoming, outward-looking Australia cannot afford.

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