'Boat people': the long history of immigration in Australia

Persian, Jayne and Matthew, Kate (2016) 'Boat people': the long history of immigration in Australia. Journal of Australian Studies, 40 (4). pp. 385-386. ISSN 1444-3058


[Introduction]: Immigration, and particularly what to do about refugees and 'asylum seekers', is a hotbutton topic in Australian politics, encapsulated by the phrase 'stop the boats'. What is missing from the polemic is a sense of the long history of various types of immigration to this country. As an island nation, everyone from the First Peoples onwards arrived by boat right up until ships carrying the Ten Pound Poms docked in the 1960s. Some asylum seekers still arrive by boat. What is needed is a reframing, and contextualisation, of the current debate as the latest iteration of an ongoing cultural conversation around migration and settlement.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2016 06:13
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 01:38
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/14443058.2016.1226924
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29968

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