Australia’s Foreign Minister brands Margaret Thatcher racist

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Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher made “unabashedly racist” comments during a conversation with Bob Carr, the Foreign Affairs Minister has told Lateline.

Thatcher died on Monday morning (UK time) at the age of 87 and will be accorded a ceremonial funeral at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral next week.

Senator Carr says he was “astonished” when Thatcher, dubbed the ‘Iron Lady’ during her time in 10 Downing Street, told him that Australia would end up like Fiji if it continued to allow Asian migrants in.

Senator Carr’s Malaysian-born wife Helena was in the room at the time.

“I was astonished,” Senator Carr told Lateline last night.

“Helena, fortunately, was out of ear shot.

“I remember one thing she said as part of that conversation, she said: ‘You will end up like Fiji.’

“She said, ‘I like Sydney but you can’t allow the migrants’ – and…

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