The ‘White Australia Policy’ was first put in place by the federal government in 1901. The overall aim of the policy was to limit non-white immigration, especially Asians. At the time, 98% of Australia’s population were white; Australia wanted to maintain this number, and aim to have the country mainly consist of British people. With most of the country already white, the majority of Australians supported the policy when it was first introduced; this is because the white Australians were concerned about losing their jobs to non-white workers. They believed a restrictive immigration policy was the only way to ensure a secure future.
This “unsettled” state of settler colonialism has forced Indians to take an offensive position against the US, the settler nation. Simpson specifically points to the Kahnawa’kehrò:non as an example of refusal. “Their political consciousness and actions upend the perception that colonization, elimination, and settlement are situations of the past. Kahnawa’kehrò:non are not settled; they are not done; they are not gone.” (Simpson
And In 1883, the Supreme Court struck down the 1875 act, ruling that the 14th Amendment did not give Congress authority to prevent discrimination by private individuals. Victims of racial discrimination were told to seek relief not from the Federal Government, but from the states. The last case was in 1967 this case was the loving vs Virginia. This case says that it is a felony for a white person to intermarry with a black person or the reverse. This says that you can not marry a person of the other race or this could be punishable.
Explained in “The Problem with Australia Day”, Flanagan gives insight into the history of our national day, aligning audiences to concur with the evidence, which states John Howard is the instigator of Australia Day as we know it today. This old fashioned thinking which Kenny and Howard employ is shown to be divisional, as it ostracises the Indigenous population, who just like every other Australian, deserve to “proudly be themselves”, which aligns with Chris Scanlon, who contends that the “progressive side of politics need to
Impact of Colonisation: Colonisation affected Aboriginal and Torres Straight islanders because they weren’t acknowledged upon colonisation as a civilized people. In 1788 the British , wrongly believed that the indigenous peoples did not have a system of land law deserving of recognition by the common law. Because of this, the English crown clamed both sovereignty and ownership of Australia (Terra Nullis- which means no ones land) and did not recognise the land previously belonging to a people because they did not see them as having a system of laws and customs concerning the land. Impact of Colonisation on Contemporary Issues: • Mabo 1992: This affects contemporary issues because it was only in 1992 with Australia’s “Mabo” case that Indigenous
In addition, the Articles prohibited Congress from regulating commerce which meant inhibited foreign trade and a weak national economy. Therefore, the Constitution solved this problem by giving Congress the right to regulate interstate
Also, violators of the Stamp Act could be tried and convicted without juries in the vice-admiralty courts. So that means they could be tried without a jury in the court which was not fair. Also, the colonists started vehemently resisting. “They insisted that only their representative assemblies could levy direct, internal taxes, such as the one imposed by the Stamp Act. They rejected the British government 's argument that all British subjects enjoyed virtual representation in Parliament, even if they could not vote for member of the Parliament.” This means that the colonists did not enjoy the Parliament so they rejected Britain 's argument because they did not agree with it.
This statement maintains the concept of migrants never being able to be fully considered Australian. No matter what changes are made, as long as their skin colour isn’t pure white, they will never be regarded as “Australian”. This puts stress on the requirement for migrants to completely dispose of their own identity for an “Australian” identity. The fact that the protagonist claims that he or she has provided the migrants with equality is also ironic. “Learn English to Distinguish ESL from RSL”, the utilisation of assonance and internal rhyme
It may be believed that the culture’s ways are always the best, and other cultures are not considered to have any positive elements. This was the thinking behind the ‘White Australia Policy’; after years of half-hearted protection full-blood Aborigines were allowed to die out, while part-Aborigines were encouraged to assimilate into European culture. In 1937, the government released a policy paper which concluded: “The policy of the Commonwealth is to do everything possible to convert the half-caste into a white citizen.” In practice, the ‘half-castes’ were not accepted by the white society causing the assimilation policies to fail, due mainly to high Aboriginal unemployment. It is poignant to highlight that while policies specifically regarding Aborigines were terribly intolerant, it was racism from the community that rendered the policies ineffective. The government may have had a plan, but the culture it promoted had other
The White Australian Policy, which officially started in 1901, stopped people from a non-European background from entering Australian land, there were several laws that made up the White Australia policy, this was called the Immigration Restriction Act 1901. Was the White Australian Policy racial discrimination towards races that were from a non-European background? The purpose of the Immigration Restriction Act 1901 or commonly known as The White Australia Policy was that Australian colonies were worried about the number of “coloured” immigrants in Australia, mostly from China. One of the laws from the Act that was surprising was that, Every member of the police force of any State, and every officer, may with any necessary assistance prevent any prohibited immigrant, or person reasonably supposed to be a prohibited immigrant, from entering the Commonwealth, and may take all legal proceedings necessary for the enforcement of this Act. This means
The bill for equal rights, introduced by labour leader Bill Shorten, was immediately disregarded by our government. It seems as though Australians are fearful, but what of? We appear to be nervous of controversy but our evasion of important issues may be our undoing, as we become known as a nation of prejudice and ignorance. A misplaced ignorance considering Australia has an extremely well developed educational system, yet a vast majority of the population seem immensely ill informed. Our educational proficiency proves that contemporary Australia is capable of overcoming the sexism, homophobia and racism present within our society but only if we chose to pay attention.
And then it remind me of the fact that the reason why the colonists revolted was because the government denied us of our rights, and the fact that it was becoming corrupt. We had an entire war based on the fact that we weren 't receiving our rights, and coerce unfair laws on us. And, in my opinion, that is what is happening today. In conclusion, the hardships we’re facing today seems very much alike events that took place in earlier
The British Navy was employed to patrol Australian waters, but after all they were still not Australian and doubts were still held against them. A unified nation meant that there were better prepared to deal with matters of foreign policy, but also when New Guinea was claimed by Germany, Australia feared that they would be next to be claimed by the Germans. People believed that if Australia became unified sooner instead of the six colonies then New Guinea could have been claimed Australia. Other than the concern of foreign attack, the presence non-white immigrants in Australia also pushed people to support Federation. All of the colonies were keen to united in order to
Imagine our country — a multicultural haven for immigrants seeking refuge — completely bare of asylum seekers. Imagine a country without a varying array of culture, without acceptance of each and every race, without knowledge and appreciation for the arts, ideas, social behaviour, and so forth of other cultures. This concept which would lacerate the deep foundations of which this country is built upon and develop consequences that politicians and citizens have not foreseen. Without the aforementioned multitude of cultural components, the enrichment of this country would be slim. Along with casting aside the culture immigrants bring into Australia, furthermore political and economic dilemmas materialise.