A LITTLE while ago, in a comment on PNG Attitude, I mentioned the Labor politician Arthur Calwell and the Australian post-World War II migration program. As I was a child migrant, the program has particular resonance for me.
Then Peter Kranz pulled me up when he pointed out Calwell’s support of the White Australia policy.
Indeed my fellow migrants and I were all white, originating either in the United Kingdom or Europe.
However, if you look beyond the racism, it was indisputable that the program heralded a period of prolonged economic growth and prosperity in Australia that lasted well into the 1980s. At the same time it also enriched Australian culture.