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Excerpt from White Australia: The Empty North; The Reasons and Remedy Mr. Macintyre is to be commended on calling attention to the need for populating our Northern areas. The empty North menaces Australia. Its continued existence as a nation depends on our first line of defence being manned. It is not our back door we are leaving unguarded. It is not our back yard that is empty. The historical processes, the evolution of Inter nationalism, has made Northern Australia our front garden. That we have allowed it to be neglected, that we have built behind a wilderness, and then slothfully neglected to improve and beautify and protect the area from which our well-being may be assaulted, our independence be threatened, is unthinkably stupid - and criminal. If Australia is to be held - it will be held in the North. If Australia is to be free from the aggression of marauders, it will only be because we have taken time by the forelock, and made it impregnable. It can only be made impregnable by settling the empty, .inviting, healthy - but now neglected - North, with men who will make it their homeland, their holy of holies, their own. Empty North Australia menaces all Australia. The problem is Australia's. The menace must be removed by Australian action. vhatever differences, men tal or moral, may exist in the minds of man, the: truth of the old adage remains unfractured, God helps those who help themselves. To-day Australia can help herself effectively. If she continues in the to-morrow habit, a not distant to-morrow may dawn with an alien ag a oat over Northern Australia, and then the only continent, with one people, one ag, one destiny, will have become a land of warring interests, a land of clash ing strife, a land on which the'sun of peace has set, a land facing the blood real dawning of discord, schism and dissension. Mr. Macintyre preaches a sane doctrine of Australianism for Australians. He shows where we have failed to make Australianism efficient. He points out our duty, not as the man of letters in, polished periods, but as the man of action, the man who has lived in the empty North and 'has seen all that its vacuity portends, who has read the portents and speaks as an Australian from the depths of his first-hand knowledge, the man who knows that until we set out to do our duty to Australia by making Australia safe for Australians, by utilising to their uttermost our Australian assets and potentialities, by making full use of our glorious heritage, the motto upon our coat of arms is a braggart's boast, or worse still, a weakling's aspiration. In his own way, the author has shown how to make good, the words that inspired the earliest Aus tralians - Advance Australia. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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