Australian Multiculturalism and Immigration Essay

1380 Words May 10th, 2011 6 Pages
Multiculturalism is a term used within a number of different contexts and thus can greatly vary in terms of its meaning. In the context of Australian political history however, ‘Multiculturalism’ can be viewed as a national ideology- a policy and framework that has guided and strengthened the cultural development of a unique Island Nation. Designed to embrace and promote unity amongst diversity, Australian Multiculturalism seeks to ensure that all Australians are simultaneously assured the right to maintain their culture, whilst committing to their responsibilities of accepting others and obeying the Australian law.

Therefore, Australian Multiculturalism is a unique, strategic construction of a rhetoric that illustrates the capacity
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“The arrival of another boat is a reminder of what the debate…is about- Labor’s failed policies and a need for them to change…” (Liberal website, 2010, p.1).

What emerges from simply comparing these two major political parties is that neither are suggesting any form of action significantly different to the other. Instead, both are utilising persuasive language to argue the capability of themselves or the failings of their opponent. Thus despite an image of difference, major political parties are technically driving the same policies and the same programs via the same or similar actions.

This discussion of Border security and hidden bipartisan agreement can be traced back to the development of mandatory dentention. Intiated by Keating’s Labor Government, the regime of border protection was largely intensified under John Howard and the Coalition. What is evident from this is that irrespective of the dominant party at any given time, Australian refugee polices have never been a truly humanitarian exercise. Instead these philosophies of security and protection have been a strategic exercise of power and authority that has manifested itself into the entrenched and bipartisan consensus of Australian political tradition. Hence, the only debate is that of capability- who is

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