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The pluricultural ghost of the White Australia policy: The abolishment of the 457 visa

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posted on 19.06.2019, 00:00 by Susan TeatherSusan Teather, Wendy HillmanWendy Hillman
The ghost of the ‘White Australia policy’ lives on. The paper discusses the cultural protectionism in the abolishment of work visas in Australia, Sub Class 457 in March 2018. This could be seen as facilitating a repercussion of protectionism of a pluriculture, fuelled by the pressure of austerity from a capitalist neoliberal Government. to favour through anti-cosmopolitan precarity, the rights of a suprem ‘white’ culture, through a tightening of our social andcoastal borders. Social implications: The policy of a superior ‘white’ culture reinforced from the top down. Australian policy multiculturalism obsolete, in the face of a forced precariat social class of new migrant. Originality: The paper is original in its critically analyse the current influence of Government policies on the social and cultural integration of migrants the multicultural story of Australian society. the historically public attitudes to migrants are driven by Australian Government legislation. Multiculturalism in Australia appears to have come full circle in an act of pluriculture protectionism not seen historically since the ‘White Australia olicy’. society manipulated by neoliberalism in a hidden nationalism of multiculturalism a ‘white’ society.



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TASA Conference 2018: Precarity, Rights and Resistance: Book of Abstracts

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Burwood, Australia


The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

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Melbourne, Vic., Australia

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Australian Sociological Association. Conference (TASA 2018)

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