John Howard has always hated the word 'multiculturalism' and has grabbed his chance to erase it from the country's vocabulary:
The PM also announced he would rename the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Yes, the former Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs -- product of an earlier erasure in which the word 'Indigenous' had been likewise obliterated --- was most recently known by the acronym DIMA (pronounced DIMMER, at least by me). It has been replaced as of today by 'Department of Immigration and Citizenship' and I am quite sure is already being referred to as DIC.
And, as I've said over at LP, I am sure that they will proceed to wave it, along with the flag.
Could this have been a deliberate longterm two-step plan to bid a symbolic good riddance to formal acknowledgement first of Aboriginal people and then of any reference to any culture other than Australia's narrow grey outgrowth of 1950s Anglo-Saxon dreariness, to which the PM has been systematically attempting to return us for eleven years now?
But wait, there's more:
The whole purpose of immigration is to recruit more people to the broader Australian family,'' Mr Howard said.
Oh, that's clever. Propose assimilation, a fundamentally racist policy that has been comprehensively and internationally outdated and discredited, and then dress it up with the 'family' reference, by which, as we all know, the PM means hubby, wife and 2.4 children, in that order. Two bits of reactionary rhetoric in one sentence.
I wonder whether it's all his own work.