Does History Matter?

Making and debating citizenship, immigration and refugee policy in Australia and New Zealand


Table of Contents

Foreword
Contributors
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations and acronyms
Introduction
1. Gone with hardly a trace: deportees in immigration policy
Activism against deportation by Pacific Islanders
Immigration control and deportation
The long reach of the deportation power in Australian law
Mandatory deportation and removal
Conclusion
2. The unfinished business of Indigenous citizenship in Australia and New Zealand
Crisis management and political distortion of the past
Indigenous citizenship as unfinished business
Australia turns a new page: the apology
Australia spurns a new page: the intervention
The mythology of ‘nationhood’ in New Zealand
Conclusion: the politics of history in comparative perspective
3. Oblivious to the obvious? Australian asylum-seeker policies and the use of the past
‘Boat people’ (I)
‘Boat people’ (II)
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
4. ‘A modern-day concentration camp’
The policy and practice of immigration detention
Using history to make sense of immigration detention centres
Aboriginal reserves
Quarantine stations
Enemy-alien internment camps
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
5. Refugees between pasts and politics: sovereignty and memory in the Tampa crisis
The old and the new of the Tampa crisis
Sovereignty and refugees (I)
Sovereignty and memories (I)
Sovereignty and memories (II)
Sovereignty and refugees (II)
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
6. Looking back and glancing sideways: refugee policy and multicultural nation-building in New Zealand
New Zealand’s ‘fine record of humanitarian assistance’
‘We are all immigrants’
Apologising for the past
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
7. Testing times
The Howard reforms: return to a cultural-normative model of citizenship
The citizenship test as a form of collective memory making (and forgetting)
Historical analogies: citizenship policy in ‘assimilationist Australia’
Policy constraints and the political uses of immigration history
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Afterword
Select bibliography