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Unravelling Identity: Immigrants, Identity and Citizenship in Australia Trevor Batrouney and John Goldlust Common Ground, 251 pages, $45
Borderwork in Multicultural Australia Bob Hodge and John O’Carroll Allen & Unwin, 252 pages, $35
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The changes in the oath of citizenship over the last 50 years reflect the evolution of Australia from British colony to independent multicultural nation. This Research Note provides an overview.
Australia–Asia relations — the configuration of policy frameworks and institutions — are inextricably bound with the development of notions of statehood and citizenship. The argument advanced here is that the way a state acts within the international community markedly determines how it relates to its...
Mary Kostakidis was a member of the Human Rights Consultation Committee that inquired into the adequacy of the protection of human rights in Australia. The Committee reported to the federal Attorney General on September 30 after an extensive period of nationwide community consultation....
ON 22 September last year, in a sunny room in the Sydney Convention Centre overlooking Darling Harbour, the official inquiry into what has become known as the Haneef Affair held its only major public proceeding. This “community forum” owed its existence to a commitment given...
Australia has a raft of terror laws enacted in haste, write George Williams and Andrew Lynch
IN 2006, terrorism was never far from the headlines. Faheem Lodhi was jailed for twenty years for preparing for an attack, while Jack Thomas had his convictions...
Advocates of justice for asylum-seekers and refugees were justifiably relieved when the Government was forced to withdraw its proposed amendments to the Migration Act - amendments that would have seen any asylum-seeker arriving by boat in Australia being deported to Nauru to be processed. However,...
Proscription is a mechanism by which a country can outlaw organisations deemed a threat to its national security, generally making it an offence to belong to, train with, recruit for, fund, or otherwise support a banned organisation. Until March this year, Australia could only proscribe...
From outback heroes to Anzac legends, from Aussie battlers to noble savages - these are familiar figures in the Australian story - but is it really possible to distil identity into stereotypes?An all-women panel takes up this debate at the recent Festival of Dangerous...
THE FEDERAL government's formal response to the National Human Rights Consultation Committee's report contains welcome initiatives focused on reaffirmation, education, engagement, protection, and respect for human rights. However, a key word is missing from that list: accountability.
In that regard, it is regrettable that...