Howard: Because our economic fundamentals are very strong and because we have been able to engage in some trade diversification over the past few years. And also because many of our exports to Asia are bound up in long-term commodity contracts.
Howard: Well, Australia remains fundamentally, as it has always been, a very open, democratic, robust society, politically and socially. Whenever any society undergoes significant social and economic change, some people are left feeling vulnerable and disadvantaged. Unsurprisingly, people will come along and seek to exploit that sense of vulnerability by offering simplistic solutions, frequently involving the scapegoating of one or another group in the community. That's really what's happened.