Australia: Toward Acceptance of Asians

As Minister of Immigration, Harold Holt established a milestone of sorts in 1952 by ruling that Japanese wives of Australian servicemen could enter Australia in spite of the tight restrictions on Asian immigrants. As Prime Minister, Holt last week ordered a re-examination of Australia's immigration policies with a view to bringing them more in line with the country's emerging awareness that its destiny really rests in Asia. Already the review has produced one result: a prime-ministerial recommendation reducing the 15-year period that non-European immigrants must wait before becoming eligible for citizenship to five years, the same as for...

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