Gillard: Australia Must Embrace ‘Asian Century’

Monica Attard, CNN, October 30, 2012

Every Australian child should learn Mandarin, Hindi or other regional language as the nation’s future is tied to the rise of the “Asian Century,” Prime Minister Julia Gillard said in a policy speech on Sunday.

“Whatever else this century brings, it will bring Asia’s return to global leadership, Asia’s rise. This is not only unstoppable, it is gathering pace,” Gillard said in a long-awaited policy white paper entitled, “Australia in The Asian Century.”

The policy outlines 25 objectives Australia must achieve by 2025 to take advantage of Asia’s rise to boost the wealth of Australians.

Chief among the goals are that every child learn an Asian language, in particular Mandarin, Japanese, Indonesian or Hindi, and that they leave school having studied Asian culture.

“Children in kindergarten now will graduate from high school with a sound working knowledge of Asia,” Gillard said at the Lowy Institute in Sydney where she unveiled the white paper.

The Prime Minister said “a hundred years ago we spoke of the working man’s paradise. Today we speak of the high school, high-wage road. We have always wanted to do it our way.

“We long saw Asia as a threat to all this—racially, militarily, and economically. Indeed this was precisely the moral paradox of the working man’s paradise. A hundred years ago, high wages meant white man’s wages. No more,” she said.


The Gillard government will create a new ministry of Asian Century Policy to drive the reforms across education, infrastructure, tax and regulatory reform.

If the objectives are met, Gillard predicts about one-third of the Australian economy will be tied to Asia, up from 25% in 2011, and the average national income will increase to A$73,000 (US$75,700) per person, up from the current A$62,000. The white paper notes that Australia will seek to stay competitive by abandoning its historic fear of low Asian wages and by becoming a “higher skill, higher wage economy with a fair, multicultural and cohesive society and a growing population.”


Opposition party members are broadly supportive of the government’s ambitions for deeper economic and social engagement with Asia, but skeptical it can be delivered.

“It is full of laudable goals but not very many specific initiatives and certainly no commitment of money to any of them,” said opposition leader Tony Abbott.


Polls show the Prime Minister’s goals for greater Asian engagement are broadly accepted by Australians. But there are caveats.

According to a Lowy Institute poll, a majority felt Australia did not fall into recession in the global financial crisis because of Asian demand for Australian resources. However some 56% thought there was too much investment from China and 63% were strongly opposed to allowing foreign companies to buy Australian farmland to grow crops or farm livestock.

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  • IstvanIN

    Australia should have remained “Britain in the Pacific”. At the very least they
    never should have ended the White Australia policy. Australia can trade with
    Asian countries without becoming “Asian” itself. And what is an “Asian”?
    Oriental? Indian subcontinetals? Pacific Islanders? There are countries with
    diverse Asian populations that do not get along. Depending on the nation Chinese
    and Indians are hated in Pacific Island nations. Asian isn’t a race.

    Why condemn your own people to minority status? And if you are so open minded
    wouldn’t it make more sense to elevate the status of your Aboriginal population?
    Why would they want to become an ever more insignificant minority in the land of
    their forebears? Where is the fairness to them?

    How about all the whites facing genocide in South Africa and Rhodesia? Why not allow unlimited white African immigration if you need people so badly. They would certainly would fit
    in better and quicker.

    How about your environment? Australia isn’t really suited to supporting a huge population, being a largely arid country. And what about all the unique forms of animal life that call Australia call home? Asians are not exactly known for being conservationist.

    Asianization: Bad idea

    • FourFooted_Messiah

       Yes, I can see the Chinese seeing Australia as a grand new phamacopaiea.

      Bye-bye marsupials.  You now must be ground up into pills for the Chinese overlords who need a hard-on.

    • extragirl666

      Yes you are quite right I mean australia was in the backyard of China for centuries yet it was discovered by some british guy that came from an island 12000 miles away. While asians are touted to have high I.Q.s maybe they should have enough brains to leave the people who discovered this continent in charge. I think their must be a different way to determine a humans ability. I mean the chinese might have invented the printing press but the chinese alphabet made the printing press pretty worthless. Instead they should have invented a phonetic language.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

         To be fair, the Chinese of Chin’s time spoke a lot of different languages.  A glyph system is perfect for writing in a way that all languagse can read.   However, it does become bulky when faced with typestting.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    I’d rather go back to being a hunter-gatherer than acknowledge the Chinese and East Indians as my new masters.

    Don’t ask what kind of “hunting” I would do, and what the “gathering” would entail.  Let’s just say I don’t harm non-humans if I can help it, but also detest most vegetable foodstuffs.

    • Reo

      That’s the same kind of feeling those Indians must have felt when British (White people in a sense) came and colonized their motherland. “Rather than acknowledge the Whites as my new masters.” They fought and fought but couldn’t overcome those mighty warships and advanced weaponry. Over time, Indians gave up and Brits ruled a century.

      Now it’d be the same. It’s only a matter of time. For initial phase, nobody likes to take a bitter pill. Only after some time, they know they can’t avoid taking medication and go with it. Two decades ago, those white folks yelling “USA, USA”, never acknowledging the rise of China. They claimed they rather go back to Europe rather than acknowledging. 10 years later, those voices took on another form, hitting back China with whatever they thought wrong. 5 years later, they voiced “In 80s, Japans also came into world stage with such a potential and final they busted. So no worries, those Asian countries will always be the same.” 5 years later, you’d hear “I’m sick of hearing China taking over US. If China can take over US, just take it. We’re tired of being a world watchdog for so long.” Of course occasionally hit out with “China can’t beat us, our military power is mightier than theirs. They bought war-torn Russian Varyag aircraft carrier and we have 11 aircraft carriers.” It’s only a matter of time. Now we’re looking forward to 2020.

      Now Obama’s taking a trip to South East Asian countries, hopefully to build up better relationships, in a way to contain China demographically.

      Oh by the way, The story about those while people? They never went back to Europe. They’re now enjoying their lives with Made-in China iphone, driving Japanese car Honda, wearing India made sweatshirt underneath and China made Polo jackets to keep off from the cold. What else? their kids, each has Korea made Samsung Galaxy and they’re too enjoying free riding to Ivy schools whose reputations have been all over the world, notoriously known for school admission where every admission criterium was raised by Asians kids. And they thought “Well at least, I could still enjoy my life until we still can as white supremacy status.”

      That’s how the story goes.

  • The__Bobster

    Shhh! Don’t tell John Chinaman, as he’ll be purchasing a ticket to Oz as we speak.

  • First off, every Australian PM since the end of the White Australia Policy has been popping off about Asia.  Gillard is merely repeating the dribble of most of her immediate predecessors and that of Australia’s business establishment, and that of virtually everyone in Australian public life except for Pauline Hanson.

    But this part really gets to me:

    The Prime Minister said “a hundred years ago we spoke of the working
    man’s paradise. Today we speak of the high school, high-wage road. We
    have always wanted to do it our way.

    What’s wrong with being a working man’s paradise?

    Facts of life time, kiddos.  Time for Uncle QD to sit the world down on his lap.

    In any normal probability distribution, a little more than one third of the volume will be between the median and negative one standard deviation.  Translate that to the real life example, and this means that about a third of all white people have IQs between 85 and 100.

    The only way for those people to have a good and improving standard of living is for their country to be a working man’s paradise.  If Australia ditches that for the “high school high wage road” simply because its geographical proximity to yellow and tan people dictates that it must, then all it will be doing is consigning their low-average IQ native born white population to a life of perpetual hand to mouth existence and just-barely-above-poverty, and having to practically beg for those crumbs on bended knee from their Oriental and Dot Indian overlords.

    • IstvanIN

       Isn’t this PM also a republican who was quite upset over a poll that showed the under 30 population supported the monarchy?  Wasn’t she one of the politicians who though once the over 70 crowd died off they could get their republic?  And took swearing allegiance to the Queen out of the oath of citizenship?  None the less, if you want to destroy tradition, importing people who have no connection to your past and your founding peoples, and in fact will probably be hostile to your history and traditions, is probably a good way to get those traditions swept away.

    • I will never understand why these leftist are so hellbent on making everyone go to college.  Not everyone has the mental capacity or the work ethic to be an educated professional.  Not to mention the fact that a bachelors degree with become a glorified high school diploma.  Manufacturing jobs guarantee that the below average Joe has a decent paying job but they’re actively chasing those away.

      • The reason leftists are hellbent on making everyone go to college is that leftists mostly run academia, and also education is an industry like any other that wants growth.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

     I don’t like that stuff, I’d be eating something else that you may not approve of.

  • CourtneyfromAlabama

    I am sick of whites worshipping Asians like this. Why is it done? Because the Chinese “invented” gun powder and silk? Because India produced some great mathematicians back when it was more Indo European? Why don’t we talk about everything whites have invented?

    And I don’t understand this constant talk about the Chinese and Indians “returning to their rightful place as world leaders”. When were they world leaders before? Did they ever rule over Europe? How are we defining what a historical world “leader” and “power” is here? How was China more powerful than Rome for instance? Wealth and minerals doesn’t make you a world power if you just sit there and stay in the same place doing nothing worthwhile with it.

    When did whites transition into believing this lie that Asians have always been better than us? I am sick of it!

  • JDInSanDiego

    Wouldn’t it be better to require Australian students learn the classics such as western history, philosophy and ethics?  Or how about an emphasis on the history of our accomplishments in science, invention, medicine, architecture and art? Or our religious history?   Shouldn’t they know that the Japanese government, Indian government and Chinese communism were developed by Europeans?  The only thing rising in India or China is the population and I don’t see them solving any of the world’s problems.  As for learning a foreign language, it’s always a great skill but so is playing an instrument or knowing how to fix an engine.  I’ve travelled all over the world and always study the language before I go but everywhere I’ve gone the locals speak English.

    •  That would instill a sense of of identity and pride that would end up putting a damper on their plans of globalization.

  • IKantunderstand

    Yawn. This is too easy. I’m not going to even begin to discuss the absurdity of calling this a “white paper”. And look, don’t ever allow women to assume power, because this is the kind of crap you can expect.

  •  “Whatever else this century brings, it will bring Asia’s return to
    global leadership, Asia’s rise. This is not only unstoppable, it is
    gathering pace,”

    When were they ever leaders of anything?

    I don’t know this woman too well but I already know I despise the leftist sycophant.

  • bubo

    China and India are still overwhelmingly third-world in the living conditions of most of their people, and certainly to Western standards.   India is especially terrible.   China will grind it’s own people to grist for cheap labor.  
    There is almost zero upward mobility in either country.  

    Japan meanwhile has the same trouble as us in regards to it’s manufacturing being sent overseas.  

  • KenelmDigby

    In all fairness, I think Ms. Gillard is speaking the truth, and her plan is most sensible.
      – Australia has done very well in the last decade, and this is entirely due to the Chinese purchasing minerals and commodities from Australia.
     Britain which is supposed to be the ‘mother country’ of Australia has done virtually nothing to support the Australian economy – if it was left to Britain Australia would stil be a mid income stagnating economy like it was in the 1980s and early ’90s.
      The EU is stagnating and declining – in most part due to the pig-headed stupidity, stubborness and arrogance of the elitists who run – their arrogance is most likely to sink Europe forever into economic decline and irrelevancy.
     As for the USA, it’s bankrolled by Chinese money and will be majority non-White, and therefore unviable, in just a generation’s time.

    • IstvanIN

       Sensible?  You can trade with China, or anyone else for that matter, and not give your country away to foreign hordes.  Who said trade requires absorbing your trading partners population?  And who does China, or India, import in mass quanities?  When China and India announce plans to Africanize then perhpas Asutralia should Asianize, otherwise this is just genocide against the Australian people.  AS for Britain: 1) Austalia is fully independant, 2) is in worse shape then Australia is.

      Can you explain why extermination of the traditional Australian people is neccessary for trade?

      • KenelmDigby

        Look, I don’t agree with mass third world immigration to Australia.

        But facts are facts. Undoubtedly, China will be the dominant economic force of the 21st century. Australia has profitted handsomely with its trading relationship with China – to the extent that it has one of the best per capita GDPs in the World – if it wasn’t for China, Australia would be stuck in a stagnant low income rut just like its little sister New Zealand is, right now.
         Trade with China will continue to enrich Australia, taking GDP to dizzier heights, well into the forseeable future, therefore it is only sensible that Australia re-aligns towards China, for the sake of the Australian people if for nothing else.

        It gives me no particular pleasure to write these words. I’d much rather that Australia was locked into the ‘White world’ in a mutually beneficial relationship.
         But the White World has failed and failed bigtime. It will not only continue to stagnate for decades to come, but will enter into actual and irreversible decline.
          Don’t take out your anger on me for writing these words. Blame the trash, filth and garbage in ‘human’ form who set policy in Britain, the EU and the USA.

        • IstvanIN

           Trade does not require immigration.  They could have kept the white Australia policy and sold China all the minerals or coal or agricultural products it wanted.

          And if trade did mean killing off my people I would prefer to stay poor.

        • And I’m not buying this “China’s the future” line, either.

          Remember when Japan was going to take over the world?

          China gets seriously crippled if and when (more like “when”) there is able to be an honest assessment of the value of the Yuan versus other currencies.

          • IstvanIN

             China’s economy is very much tied to a dying US.  They are not America 1783 through 1917, in which we were fairly independent, or even the US from 1946 to 1970.  Their economy is based on America allowing it’s manufacturing base to be exported.  We go, they go, and we are going.

  • Sherman_McCoy

    Unnecessary.  The Hindus and the Chinese are learning English faster than we can learn their languages.  Although, about 16 years ago, after mastering German, I decided to try my hand at something more difficult.  I flipped a coin between Japanese and Russian, and Russian won.  In retrospect, now after 15 years with my Russian wife, I think I was very fortunate indeed to have chosen what I did.  Still sort of interested in Japanese though . . .

  • Barrack Osama

    I don’t mind this so much. This isn’t really cultural marxism. Japanese and Chinese learn English because it is the international business language. Learning it it beneficial to them. They DON’T learn Swahili, because it is useless. Dumb liberal african studies majors learn Swahili, because they are idiotic cultural marxists. Australian children, on the side, learning one of the major languages of one of their very rich neighbors will benefit them.

    Besides, there’s nothing more satisfying than secretly being able to understand foreigners who think they are being clever by talking about you in a different language.

    • rightrightright

      But will Hindu, Chinese and Japanese transmogrify into Urdu, Pashtun and Arabic?  Gillard’s statement might well just be some softening up.

  • Bantu_Education

    Wait a minute, didnt Saint Nelson Mandela (or his successor Tarboy Mbeki) already proclaim “The African Century”? How racist of Gillard to deny the Africans their century..!  

  • Bantu_Education

    Yes, the Australian Chinese 5th-columnists, er diaspora, will appeal for PLA protection.   The Whitlams, Keatings, and Gillards have enabled the perfect conditions for Chinese invasion.      

  • Bantu_Education

    Asutralian accents can be pretty awful (snarly and nasal) at the best of times, but Gillard speaks with the most painfully monotonous drone, like a tin robot from a bad Sci-FI flick.  (Disclaimer – yes I know she born in Wales, and some Aussie accents sound pleasant)           

  • Bantu_Education

    The “southern cone” (Argentina and Chile, basically) are not as white as most people think.

    • IstvanIN

      President Carlos Menem, an Arab-Argentinian, began the importation of thousands of Bolivian Indians.  Argentina is a lot more mestizo than you would think.  And they do not deport Africans who manage to sneak in, usually by ship. 

  • ageofknowledge

    … but they don’t have to learn Australia’s predominant language.

  • Gilliard probably intends it to be as submitting to Asian superiority, but the actauly White Australian kids that learn Mandarin/Japanese/Cantonese may very well prove to be powerful and worldly Mindweapons, and knowing Chinese language and people will make them appreciate the White race that much more.

    Also, Chinese are very anti-black, and will likely influence Australian kids with these attitudes as well.

    Lastly, look at the founder of American Renaissance.  He grew up speaking Japanese in Japan and look how he turned out!  Australia is going to make millions of Jared Taylors!

  • Bantu_Education

    Argentina’s “golden age”, roughly from 1880 to 1950, was contemporary with a period when it was able to attract a large quantity of European immigrants. Since that flow stopped, largely due to Peron’s socialistic vote-buying policies (as now practiced in spades by Cristina Fernandez, bosom-buddy of Hugo Chavez), the country has degraded.    Its a bureaucratic nightmare of appalling inefficiency, poor-quality over-priced consumer goods, littered streets and broken pavements, pick-pockets, bag-snatchers, muggers, and corrupt police, to name a few.   South Africa, for all its ever-growing faults, is almost paradise in comparison.  I know, I’ve lived in both.