29 AUGUST 1931, Page 15


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Apropos of Lieut.-Col. Lascelles' article in your issue for August 15th on the "Colour Bar" and of its successful solution in New Zealand, one cannot help wishing that some such wise policy were adopted in the neighbouring Australia. There the natives are being generally robbed of their rights and in some cases been murdered with the con- nivance of those who are appointed as their "protectors." The oppressive attitude of the police officials in Australia bears out the parallelism which struck one when living in either country, namely, that while New Zealand took England for her model, Australia copied America. Your comment, in the same issue, on the revelations of American police methods, makes one wonder how far this American model also has been copied by the Australian police—at any rate, in their dealings with the natives. Some of us are glad to note that the Australian white public seems at last to be awaking to the scandal.—I am, Sir, &c., 0. R. WALKEY. Canopus, St. Buryan, Cornwall.