I am on the western edge of the United States-Mexico border to understand more about the most publicised and most crossed border in the world. Ben Stubbs visits one of the most notorious borders in the world and reflects on Australia's frontier issues.
The Department of Immigration and Border Patrol of Australia's secret blacklist of immigration lawyers and agents has been discovered.
DIBP claims that the list is used for "risk assessment" for partner visas and has "no impact" on assessing cases. The Migration Alliance, the lobby group of Australian migration agents that broke the news
of the list, is not convinced.
For the first time, photographs have leaked out from inside the Nauru immigration detention centre.
Reopened in 2012, the detention centre houses between 500-600 people, mostly of Iranian background, who are attempting to seek asylum in Australia. The centre was most recently in the news following riots
that destroyed much of the facility's infrastructure. Conditions at the center have been criticised
by the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights as "unbearable".
Australia in 2013. We have forgotten our origins and our good fortune, we are blind to our own selfishness. In place of memory we cling to a national myth of a generous, welcoming country, a land of new arrivals where everyone gets a fair go; a myth in which vanity fills the emptiness where the truth was forgotten.
-- Julian Burnside writes
on refugee policy and alienation in Australia [more inside]
Australian Labor Party's 46th National Conference
starts today in Sydney. Key agenda items - Gay marriage
, and Uranium sale to India
. Follow it live
Objects Through Time
tells the story of immigration and the changing ethnic diversity of New South Wales, Australia through "movable heritage
" - that is, artifacts and objects with historical resonance. While almost ignoring 50,000 years of aboriginal occupation, the site does a nice job of both familiar topics through a fresh lens (e.g., Captain Cook's "secret instructions
"), but also takes pains to look at those lesser known topics which may be more accessible through material culture than through texts. [more inside]
The deportation of an English village to Australia. BBC article with links to other interesting articles on immigration and emigration on the page.
Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation.
A page full of stories of the Chinese community in Australia around 1900. 'At this time there were almost 35,000 Chinese in the Australian colonies. Each of these individuals to varying degrees has played a role in the development of Australia. This page explores the lives of some of these people - both ordinary and famous. '
Related :- the Ng Shing Gung
in San Jose; the Mai Wah Society
and the Asian heritage of Butte, Montana (old building
and the Tong Wars
); the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle
; a Chinese joss house
in Darwin; Chinatown Melbourne
(history, today, virtual tour); Chinatown Sydney
(community and culture); Yema-po
, once a Chinese labourers' work camp in California.