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2 Wongs do not make a White
A reporter changed 'White' to 'white'
"In December 1947, Calwell responded to a question from a Liberal, Thomas White, about the wrong Mr Wong receiving a deportation notice, saying teasingly that he had to say - and was sure the Honorable Member for Balaclava would not mind him doing so - that 'Two Wongs do not make a White'. A reporter changed 'White' to 'white' and sent the comment to the Straits Times in Singapore." "The Australian People" By James Jupp p71
Glossing over xenophobic positions
While I won't immediately move to incorporating any of the following, I would like to attract feedback on this extract from a journal, with the aim for inviting disputation of its relevance. As it stands, it has to be said that the article gives an impression of Calwell which is somewhat in contradiction to the anecdotal indications here contained:
From Blewett (1973) ‘Memoirs of a Paleolaborite’. Politics 8(2): 391-392
While in the overblown radical rhetoric of the contemporary world we are no doubt all racists, there are clearly racists and racists. Calwell admired Enoch Powell who "has been saying what millions of white Britons think, and I believe", and like Powell he warns against our "being flooded by hordes of non-integratables". And for those who do not get the electoral message he alleges, on what evidence I know not, that "it must not be forgotten that it was Enoch Powell, and not Edward Heath, who defeated Harold Wilson's Labor Government" (p. 118). He boasts of "my white skin" as though it were somehow a product of his industry or intelligence and repeats his claim that "no red-blooded Australian wanted to see a chocolate-coloured Australia in the 1980s" (p. 126). He would cut the present level of non-European immigration, and "scrap" the Colombo Plan so that "No more Asian or African students should be brought to Australia".
The picture is probably the worst picture of Arthur Calwell that physically exists. I'll leave this section here for a bit, and if there's no disputes, I will change it to something better. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 12:24, 15 December 2014 (UTC)