It’s a tricky business being a multicultural society. Keating was dead keen on Australia becoming part of Southeast Asia, whereas little Johnny wasn’t quite as enamoured with the prospect, though I did nearly bump into him once as he emerged from the local Indian restaurant outside Kirribilli station, no doubt after tucking into a big plate of butter chicken and garlic naan…. which brings me rather clumsily to the point.
The way to an Australian multicultural society is undoubtedly through its 20-odd million stomachs. Hopefully at some point our exciting cultural diversity will extend beyond the gastrointestinal tract, and at least under Kevin, we’ll have a bloke who can order off the Chinese menu in the original Mandarin.