AUSTRALIA: A Swim in the Sun

In its self-consciously white isolation, Australia was long coolly scornful of its yellow-skinned Asiatic neighbors. But for the past few years, Australia's foreign policy toward its neighbors has become warm and friendly. This has brought a new embarrassment: Australia's immigration barriers are scarcely in keeping with its posture of neighborliness.

For 50 years, Down Under immigration laws have been operated to keep out all but a handful of Asians and Eurasians. Applicants for entry must, under present practice, prove at least 75% European blood. Even if they can establish their bloodlines, they must also look white, submit photographs to prove...

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