Stu's Letters Book

The following two pages is the reply to this from Hubert Opperman, Minister for Immigration at that time. Although, in it, he declares there is no such thing as the “White Australia Policy”, seven months after this exchange of letters, he announced the change of policy allowing “non-European” immigrants who “possess qualifications positively useful to Australia”. This was the beginning of the end of the “White Australia Policy” and I feel that I, and my friend Tony Seow for whom I started this “row”, can be satisfied that we did have a part in its abolition. The “debate” papers he referred to at the end were typical “poly-speech” – said nothing about the “White Australia Policy” and “non-Europeans”.

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