Posted on July 18, 2005

Academic Stirs Fight Over Race

Tim Dick, Sydney Morning Herald, July 16, 2005

Macquarie University is standing by a senior academic who opposes non-white immigration, arguing that academics must be free to say what they wish, while also distancing itself from his views and declaring racism abhorrent.

An associate professor in the Department of Public Law, Andrew Fraser, claims that African migration increases crime, says HSC results point to a rising ruling class of Asians and wants Australia to withdraw from refugee conventions to avoid becoming “a colony of the Third World”.

Associate Professor Fraser, originally from Canada, believes cognitive and athletic abilities, testosterone and “impulse control” vary according to race, and “civilisations” should look after their own.

The university said yesterday it was “distancing” itself from Associate Professor Fraser’s views but backed the right of academics to say what they wish in a “responsible” way.

The acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Loxton, said there was no place for racism at the university, but it “recognises and protects academic freedom as essential to the conduct of teaching, research and scholarship”.

After seeing a photograph of a Sudanese child in the Parramatta Sun, Associate Professor Fraser wrote to the newspaper saying “an expanding black population is a sure-fire recipe for increases in crime, violence and a wide range of other social problems”.

“The fact is that ordinary Australians are being pushed down the path to national suicide by their own political, religious and economic elites.”

Associate Professor Fraser wrote in an email to a Woollahra councillor, David Shoebridge, that Chinese immigration directly threatened the “social, political and economic interests of ordinary Australians and their children”.

“Look at the annual HSC results — the consequence of which is that Oz is creating a new heavily Asian managerial-professional, ruling class that will feel no hesitation in promoting the narrow interests of their co-ethnics at the expense of white Australians.”

Associate Professor Fraser told the Herald it was only the “educated middle class” who opposed his views. “I think most ordinary people would find what I’m saying more or less self-evident,” he said.