Asianisation Of Australia?

Asianisation Of Australia?

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...we must combat blind ignorance with fact, and unreason with reason, and that is what this book is about. -Don Dunstan Pauline Hanson was not the first person to sensationalise the effects of Australia s open immigration policy on the racial make-up of this country. Nor was she the first politician to see advantage in building on the fear and prejudice beneath the surface of Australia s multicultural society. For the end of the White Australia policy in 1973 did not spell the end of fear of a peaceful Asian invasion through immigration. The Asianisation of Australia? contributes the dispassionate, independent and objective comment that has been missing from media debate on the effects of our immigration policies. It provides a wealth of data on the make-up of Australia s immigrant intake and the ability of immigrants to establish a place in their new country. Recent political rhetoric and forecasts are exposed for the myths, prejudices and over-simplifications that they are. By comparing such indicators as rates of employment, income, childbirth, intermarriage and fluency in English between Asian and other immigrants, Professors Jayasuriya and Kshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 10.16mm | 204.12g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522848540
  • 9780522848540
  • 1,711,562

About Laksiri Jayasuriya AM

Emeritus Professor Laksiri Jayasuriya, AM, was one of the first Asian scholars to gain an academic position in an Australian university when he joined the University of Sydney in 1954 and has held various public appointments in Australia and Sri Lanka. Professor Kee Pookong is Director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Victoria University of Technology.show more

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"It is doubtful that Pauline Hanson will read this book as it would force her to confront the false claims on which One Nation is based. While facts will not always triumph over irrational fears, a book such as this provides powerful ammunition against those who argue from anecdote and emotion rather than a position of knowledge." --"The Age"show more