The White Australia Policy Essay
Australia’s Whites Only policy began when the country became a Commonwealth of Britain in 1901, with the passage of the Immigration Restriction Act. The purpose of the IRA was to keep Australia the bastion of the white race in Asia, and restrict entry to white British Europeans only. Migration was necessary to Australia’s future; as it had been in America, they desperately needed to populate the land. However, since too few of the coveted Britons were migrating south, the law was amended to include white Europeans. In addition to tightening the regulations the Immigration Restriction Act granted immigration officers the power to reject all non-white’s entry requests, particularly Asians, as well as deport them.
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