Racism (letter)

Racism (letter)

Helen Daniel

As a consequence of a then prevailing teacher shortage, many of my teachers at the Catholic secondary school I attended in Ballarat were from overseas.

These teachers, including the renowned writer Adib Khan, who was originally from Asia, provided quality education and were accepted by their peers, pupils and parents at a time when the White Australia Policy was being dismantled.

Why is it, then, that the Diocese of Ballarat excludes overseas priests in the wake of its current priestly shortage, when it has accepted foreign teachers in its schools? Could it be that despite all the rhetoric one hears from the pulpit about social justice and "no" to racism that certain sections of the Ballarat Diocese believe in the resurrection of the White Australia Policy?

Deepdene, Vic

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