Australia's First Prime Minister on Immigration

Perhaps this is one email that needs to be forwarded until every Australian with a computer receives it.
The year is 1907, over one hundred years ago…
Sir Edmund Barton’s ideas on Immigrants and being an Australian in 1907.
‘In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an Australian and assimilates
himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such
man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an Australian,
and nothing but an Australian. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an Australian, but something
else also, isn’t an Australian at all. We have room for but one flag, the Australian flag. We have room for but one language here,
and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the Australian people.’
Edmund Barton
1907
Every Australian citizen needs to read this! KEEP THIS MOVING PLEASE!!!!
I can see a few things to argue with Sir Edmund, the loyalty to truth and integrity and one’s fellow man and environment being above loyalty to the artificial boundaries imposed by country borders and so on. But he makes the point, and it is a good one, that a man cannot serve two masters. But that may have been said before. 🙂

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