LONDON: The Australian Foreign Minister has accused Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday at the age of 87, of making ‘unabashedly racist’ comments after warning him that Australia could be ‘overtaken’ by Asian migrants, reports Daily Mail.
Bob Carr claimed his wife Helena – who was born in Malaysia – was ‘standing not far away’ when she allegedly made the controversial comments, but was ‘fortunately out of earshot.’
‘I recall one conversation I had with her in her retirement where she said something that was unabashedly racist,’ the paper quoted the Australian foreign minister, who is in China, as telling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
‘(She said) that if we allowed too much of it we’d see the natives of the land, the European settlers, overtaken by migrants,’ he said.
Carr, a former premier of New South Wales state, said Lady Thatcher used the Pacific island nation of Fiji to as an example.
‘She said you’ll end up like Fiji. She said ‘I like Sydney but you can’t allow the migrants,’ and in context she meant Asian migration, ‘to take over otherwise you’ll end up like Fiji where the Indian migrants have taken over’.
Mr Carr admitted he ‘couldn’t believe’ her comments and he was so speechless that he ‘couldn’t think of an appropriate reply.’
‘It reminded me that despite yes, her greatness on those big questions – the role of the state, the evil nature of communist totalitarianism – there was an old fashioned quality to her that was entirely out of touch and probably explained why her party removed her in the early 90s.’
But Mr Carr added: ‘I don’t say that in any way to diminish the respect I felt for her because of the boldness of her political leadership. She deserves credit for that and that should be uppermost in our thoughts today.’
Thatcher, 87, died on Monday after suffering a series of strokes.
In Australia, Tasmanian Minister David O’Byrne’s also wrote on Twitter that Lady Thatcher was a ‘war criminal,’ stating ‘lets never forget the Belgrano…’
The Belgrano – a cruiser – was torpedoed by the British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror on 2 May 1982. Its sinking remains one of the most controversial actions of the Falklands conflict.
(Courtesy Daily Mail)