The year is 1907, over one hundred years
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.'
(For those who don’t know, Edmund Barton was
Australia ’s first PM)