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July 29, 2007



During the 1980s, Australia's Defence Minister was cricket-mad Senator Robert Ray, who had an Indian-born grandparent. Long before Tebbit, Ray proposed his own cricket test:

When Australia played India, Ray said, he supported India. But when Australia played anyone else, he supported Australia.

Ray's test is more appropriate to a country of immigrants than is Tebbit's. Indeed, a mature, grown-up country can live with its citizens supporting the team of their grandparents now and again.

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