‘Brown Bag’ Seminar  Boat People or Peril? Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy: Idealism v Realism?

‘Brown Bag’ Seminar Boat People or Peril? Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy: Idealism v Realism?

Date & Time

07 March 2012, 00:00

Venue

Environmental Studies Lab, NIE 3-02-27

Department

Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE)

Category

Conferences

Events Details

Abstract: 

In recent times successive Australian governments have struggled to deal with growing numbers of unauthorised arrivals by boat from SE Asia. Policy responses have ranged from pragmatic/punitive to idealist/humanitarian as the Howard Coalition Government’s ‘Pacific Solution’ has given way to Rudd and Gillard Labor Government initiatives which have been characterised as ‘policy on the run’. While the numbers involved in such movements are relatively small in relation to total annual immigrants the very nature of ‘boat arrivals’ touches a chord with many citizens in the ‘Anxious Nation’ as Australia struggles to overcome earlier attitudes and prejudices and fully embrace its geographical setting. This presentation will update recent developments in terms of unauthorised arrivals and assess the resultant political fallout as the ongoing ‘boat people’ debate continues.

 The speaker: 

Dr Brian J. Shaw is now Hon. Research Fellow in the School of Earth & Environment at The University of Western Australia after a career at UWA spanning 35 years. During 2001-2002 he was Visiting Teaching Fellow in the HSSE Division, National Institute of Education, Singapore. His expertise is in the areas of Urban Geography, Urban Planning and the Geography of Development. He is currently active in the study of migration, heritage, identity and tourism and the ongoing construction of political and social space in Southeast Asia, especially Singapore.