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

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Persian, Jayne and Matthew, Kate. 2016. "'Boat people': the long history of immigration in Australia." Journal of Australian Studies. 40 (4), pp. 385-386. https://doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2016.1226924
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'Boat people': the long history of immigration in Australia

ERA Journal ID34876
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsPersian, Jayne (Author) and Matthew, Kate (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Australian Studies
Journal Citation40 (4), pp. 385-386
Number of Pages2
Year2016
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN0314-769X
1444-3058
1835-6419
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2016.1226924
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14443058.2016.1226924
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[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.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430302. Australian history
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Western Sydney University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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