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Don't spit on our history, Mr Keating



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ALEXANDER DOWNER

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P O N T SPIT ON O UR HISTORY. MR KEATING

Mr Keating's campaign against Australia's national flag · which he continued today - Is a campaign to make Australians abandon their national heritage, to turn their backs on their histoiy and to remodel Australia as a cold, austere, souless and technocratic State without traditions, heritage or history.

One of the great differences between Mr Keating’s Labor Party and the Coalition is that Mr Keating is essentially ashamed of our past whereas the Coalition is proud of it.

Our traditional cultural tics with other English speaking countries arc apparently irrelevant and "finished". All that matters are commercial ties.

For Mr Keating, the Australia of tomorrow is a land without a heart.

The truth is the calculated rantings of an ephemeral Prime Minister will never destroy our heritage and our emotional and cultural links with the past.

Everybody knows we will continue to enmesh our economy with the Asian region - something wc have gradually been doing since the 1950s. But that doesn't mean we must abandon our whole heritage, that we must turn our backs on the great Institutions of parliamentary democracy, an independent judiciary, basic liberties founded on Britain's 1688 Bill of Rights, trade unionism and the literature and

culture which we have inherited through our language.

Whether Mr Keating likes it or not - and we all know he doesn't like it - these things all come from the British Isles.

It is only natural in a country which owes so much to Britain tor the way it is and the outward expression of that heritage - the language it speaks - that we should have the Union Jack in the corner of out flag.

Australians are not "...internally uncertain about (themselves)* as Mr Keating said in Melbourne today although Mr Keating has reason to be uncertain about himself having put one million of his fellow Australians onto the dole.

Australians arc getting sick and tired of their national political leader, so lionised by the Canberra Press Gallery, running from function to function spitting on their history and their heritage.

17 March 1992

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY L IB R A R Y MiG AH

. t o u r s (08) 339 5152 : No. (08) 391 0888

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