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Anglica. An International Journal of English Studies 28/3, Leroy

Anglica. An International Journal of English Studies 27/1

Matthew Leroy
Controlling the Ever Threatening ‘Other’
Anglica. An International Journal of English Studies 28/3: 133-144

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7311/0860-5734.28.3.12

Abstract:
Ideas of Australia being invaded by a foreign ‘Other’ have been present throughout much of its history and this legacy is still present today. My paper will reveal the red thread of control that runs through Australia’s attitude and policy towards asylum seekers since European arrival. Claims of current restrictions against asylum seekers being mere Islamophobia ignore this history. From the grudging admission of Jewish refugees during times of Nazi oppression to quotas placed on certain nationalities and later draconian punishments for those claiming asylum without a prior visa, control of the ‘Other’ has been a constant theme, with current policies of mandatory detention and off shore processing on far away Pacific islands separating the Australian ‘Self’ from the foreign ‘Other.’

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