I moved to Australia nearly 18 years ago. Many people in India
were astonished, given I was so close to the top of the pecking
order of Indias governance system. But I had become increasingly
frustrated with the ultra-corrupt governance system. It was time to
To me Australia represented both a well-governed country and a
country that had largely adopted the concepts of liberty and rule
of law: concepts that underpin the idea of Western civilization,
also known as liberalism.
I was fortunate to find a role as a public servant from the
vantage point of which I found that Australias governance system is
for the most part driven by good rational thinking and sensible
But I am also keenly aware of Australias rapid drift to the
left. The foundations of liberty that attracted me to Australia are
being rapidly eroded not so much by any blacks but by white
My concerns are similar in some way to those of Fraser Anning,
but the confusions in his speech made the media lose the bigger
picture the defence of Western civilisation that he was talking
about. A careful review of Annings speech suggests that he was
basically defending the foundational ethic of Australia as a
Western liberal democracy.
He did not even remotely suggest that anyone be exterminated.
All he suggested with regard to immigration was a plebiscite. If
the media cant understand the difference between the two, then
something has gone seriously wrong with basic English education in
You can hear the echo of many of his ideas in the views of more
sophisticated commentators like Paul Kelly who in his 11 August
article in The Australian (Australia ignores its
successful integration policies at its peril) raised many of the
same issues that Anning pointed out, such as Central to this task
is the unresolved story of Muslim integration.
This is now a major issue staring us in the face. I was alarmed
when I recently discovered that a 23- year old woman visitor to
Australia was forbidden by the Police from walking down the Haldon
street in Lekemba suburb in Sydney because Muslims might be
It is high time for all Australians to unite to defend its core
foundations of liberty and democracy. That includes insisting that
all faiths should be able to happily live here so long as no one
threatens violence. The Police must defend peoples liberty to walk
down a street. Anning is right to raise a real and very fundamental
problem the impending loss of Australias soul.
I consider myself more Western (as a firm promoter of critical
thinking and liberty) than most Australians. In fact, not many
people are aware that the core ideas of liberty, tolerance and good
economic policy first arose 2500 years ago i...