Australian Conservatives leader Senator Cory Bernardi says New South Wales opposition leader, Luke Foley, shouldn’t have apologized for using the term “white flight,” a genuine problem which is not just confined to Sydney.
Conservatives The Telegraph reported that the Labor leader had said a “white flight” was occurring across western Sydney with “many Anglo families” being forced to move out of middle ring suburbs with high mainly Muslim migrant populations.
Junkee NSW Labor leader Luke Foley last week used the term “white flight” to characterise a “slow decline” of suburbs where Anglo families are fleeing as migrant families were moving in. Foley defended the use of the phrase, saying it was an “academic term” before backpedalling completely and conceding it was “inappropriate”, before he cross-his-heart-hope-to-die vowed to never use it again.
There is a truth to Foley’s comments and it’s consistent with his platform as the opposition leader so far. Western Sydney needs more infrastructure and investment to sustain a rapidly growing population and Foley has long championed the idea that a western Sydney airport was a key to this.
He’s also correct in saying it’s unfair for one council to accept over 75 per cent of a projected refugee intake, which doesn’t receive nearly as much federal support as it should.
The allure of “the showdown” during the Foley debacle has also distracted voters from recognising the problem of “white flight” is actually backwards. White communities aren’t dwindling, they’re just no longer able to keep migrant communities out and the failure to accept this has led to the “huge burden” experienced in southwest Sydney today.