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Australia on the Big Stage
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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    In recent years both Canada and Australia have elected right wing governments that have turned away from the failed blue state model. The Leftist Environmentalist Axis in particular has been told off as chicken littles which will be ignored.

  • Corlyss

    Well, I was encouraged that Australia showed some spine about immigration, but our brethren to the north need to do likewise. I suspect Canada’s total population is still less than or close to that of California, and they do need more bodies to fill up that space. But they don’t need to be so indifferent about whom they admit to their country. At the moment they are further behind than the EU, and one can’t get more behind than the EU in many things so that’s a triumph of sorts, in realizing their peril from sloppy immigration laws that have endangered both them and the US. Fortunately, as long as the conservatives stay in power, improvements have a chance. Once the West-loathing Liberals regain power, we’re all in trouble again.

  • Josephbleau

    Canada only wants designer imigrants.

    • David Heller

      And properly so.

      No country should take onboard immigrants that are not capable of making an immediate and useful contribution to the host nation.

      The United States take illegals, illiterate in every language, unskilled and mostly untrainable for more than sweat labor jobs, who compete immediately with low and non-skilled native-born citizens. We owe our own citizens more, and illegals less.

      Frankly, I don’t understand why a race-war hasn’t already started between illegals and unemployed low-skilled blacks who are financially dispossessed.

      • Tom

        Go to Los Angeles. You’ll find a low-level one.

  • Earl Tower

    I think the brightest future for Humanity would involve more concert of action between the Anglo descended nations: New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USA, and the UK. It represents a collection of culture that is one of the most solid and successful civilization set in human history. The issue is more concert of effort would require more agreement on several matters, and frankly, I do not see the USA being willing to slow down its assertiveness to match its partners on most things. We already cooperate among the 5 nations extensively on various protocols and treaty efforts. It would just be nicer to see more agreement in most international matters.

    • FriendlyGoat

      More agreement on international matters basically means we get permanent and ROBUST military support from the four nations you mentioned—-in order for us to all police together any problems with Islam, China and Russia, right? Or does it mean those nations just assume we’re too “assertive”?

    • njoriole

      Add India, and you are correct.

  • Cellec

    Funny thing about a common language: it’s such an obvious part of a society, or “sphere”, that people tend to forget how important it is. Turns out it really does make things easier when everyone is speaking the same language.

  • George Armstrong Custer

    Both Canada and Australia are resource based economies who have no indigenous industries that are at the cutting edge of technology. Their educational systems do not produce the entrepreneurs and scientist and inventors required in a 21st century economy. Both of the countries have economies that are in decline now that the once in a century resource bubble caused by Chinese industrialization has ended. Canada has a very small military with a an undersized navy filled with rusting hulks that break down frequently, a very small army, and a rapidly aging air force that the current conservative government refuses to upgrade because of costs. While Australia has made an effort to increase the effectiveness of its armed forces, its submarine fleet is outfitted with locally produce submarines that just don’t work. Further, it is located a long way away to be more than a backwater base in any Pacific conflict.
    Mr. Mead’s statement about their increasing importance is one of those facile, off the top of the head comments that reflects a very shallow knowledge of both countries, but the author thinks that it makes him sound knowledgeable and profound when he really hasn’t done his homework.

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