All posts for the day July 25th, 2010

Them foreigners back to the future

Published July 25, 2010 by Michael C Leeson

Cut immigration

From 2.4% to 1.4%

Student immigration cuts

Illegal Immigration               Asylum seekers                    Boat arrivals

Abbott said:

“We will determine who comes to our country and the circumstances under which they come.”

Abbott announces a cut in immigration playing on one of those inherent cultural anxieties Australia seemingly suffers.  It seems by again invoking Little Johnny, it somehow gives him increased credibility, when the electorate made it clear in 2007 that they had enough of the Coalition’s hard nose policy line. This theme of border security/control appears in a range of policy announcements in reinforcing this anxiety around invasion by foreign masses.

In this context, referring to a policy fortification of our borders the spectre of 1950’s White Australia looms high on the horizon.

While this may seem extreme, are we about to enter a period of fortress Australia?