Sydney, Australia (Accredited Times) – To understand politics today, all you need to know are two simple truths: Open Borders = Love. Closed Borders = Hate.
Last May, a young Indian woman named Gagan killed herself in New Zealand because of right-wing xenophobia. She was just 23 years old. Her death arose from an election on December 12, 2016, which made Bill English, a right-wing zealot, the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Upon taking office, English immediately clamped down on immigration, requiring so-called “lower-skilled” workers to leave the country after three years. Under English’s xenophobic rules, any immigrant earning under NZ$41,538 per year was deemed a “lower-skilled” worker subject to deportation. In response, Gagan attempted to “buy” an expensive job in New Zealand just to avoid being deported. But the pressure was too much to bear — so she took her life.
“Gagan was getting exploited, so not getting paid,” her friend Loveleen Singh told Radio New Zealand. “She had to pay her own wages, her own taxes every week. It was just unbearable. It was too much to take on and she committed suicide.” Technically, Singh’s account may have contained some inaccuracies. For example, Gagan’s name is not actually Gagan. But the point of story is undeniably true: hate kills.
Australia has also implemented an evil, closed immigration system. During the 1970s and 1980s, Australia embraced multiculturalism and accepted refugees from all of the world. The quality of restaurants increased markedly. Then, in March 1996, right-wing bigot John Howard took office and closed Australia’s borders in accordance with his party’s racist “One Australia policy“. Howard reduced the annual immigration target to just 68,000. Although immigration has increased slightly since then, Australia remains woefully non-diverse.
Today, Australia is 82% white. New Zealand is 74% white. Cultural appropriation is also a major problem. For example, New Zealand’s popular “All Blacks” rugby union team routinely engages in a dance, called the “Haka“, before rugby matches. The Haka was stolen from the Maori tribe. Moreover, players perform the dance despite the fact that the vast majority of players on the so-called “All Blacks” are white.
Because of closed borders, under-population also remains a major problem in Australia and New Zealand. Although Australia is the sixth largest country in the world by area, the country has just just 24 million residents; in contrast, India, which is only half the size of Australia geographically, has over 1.324 billion residents. Similarly, New Zealand has just 4.8 million residents; in contrast, Bangladesh, which again is only half the size of New Zealand, has over 163 million residents. Australia and New Zealand would be greatly culturally enriched if hundreds of millions of poor and oppressed Indians and Bangladeshis were to move to Australia and New Zealand, not to mention billions more from the Islamic world and the rest of Asia.
Open borders stimulate economies. They also eventually help ensure that no right-wing government ever wins an election again (see, e.g., California). That would greatly facilitate progressive goals and help allow socialist governments to implement policies already championed by successful economic powerhouses like Bangladesh and Venezuela.
Australia and New Zealand need open borders. It’s time to end racism and xenophobia NOW.