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Author Higgins, Claire M. (Claire Michelle), 1982-, author.

Title Asylum by boat : origins of Australia's refugee policy / Claire Higgins.

Published [S.l.] : NEWSOUTH PUBLISHING, 2017.
Sydney, NSW : NewSouth Publishing, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.906914 HIGG    DUE 11-02-22
Physical description 250 pages ; 21 cm.
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.Controlling the story -- 2.Recognised as refugees -- 3.A country of resettlement -- 4.A country of ̀first asylum' -- 5.A relatively friendly affair -- 6.Detention.
Summary "In the late 1970s, 2000 Vietnamese arrived in Australia by boat, fleeing persecution. Their arrival presented a challenge to politicians, but the way the Fraser government handled it, and the resettlement of tens of thousands more Indochinese refugees, marked a turning point in Australia's immigration history. Turn-backs and detention were proposed, and rejected. Claire Higgins' important book recounts these extraordinary events. It is driven by the question of how we moved from a humanitarian approach to policies of mandatory detention - including on remote islands - and boat turn-backs. Like now, the politicians of the time wanted to control entry. Unlike now, they also wanted to respect Australia's obligations under international law. It's about how governments and policy-makers have dealt with the confluence of issues emerging from the end of the ̀White Australia' policy, a recognition of international responsibilities, and shifting public opinion. Strikingly, it also shows the extent to which the attitudes and statements of politicians and policy makers can shape the mood of the country, for better and worse."--Publisher description.
Subject Refugees -- Government policy -- Australia -- History.
Boat people -- Government policy -- Australia.
Political refugees -- Government policy -- Australia.
Refugees -- Government policy -- Australia.
Australia -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.
ISBN 1742235670 paperback
9781742235677 paperback