Borderline by Peter Mares & Asylum Seekers by Don McMaster

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June 2001, no. 231

Borderline: Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers by Peter Mares

UNSW Press, $29.95 pb, 229 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

Asylum Seekers: Australia’s response to refugees

by Don McMaster

MUP, $38.45 pb, 254 pp

Borderline by Peter Mares & Asylum Seekers by Don McMaster

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June 2001, no. 231

The year 2001 marks the centenary of the Federation of Australia and the fiftieth anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. There are important linkages between these milestones. Australian Federation was driven, among other factors, by the desire to gain sovereign control over immigration. Despite the demise of the White Australia Policy and Australia’s early support for the Refugee Convention, Australia’s present-day treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers shows us to be a nation that is still defined in negative terms, through the exclusion of others.

Penelope Mathew reviews 'Borderline: Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers' by Peter Mares and 'Asylum Seekers: Australia’s response to refugees' by Don McMaster

Borderline: Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers

by Peter Mares

UNSW Press, $29.95 pb, 229 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

Asylum Seekers: Australia’s response to refugees

by Don McMaster

MUP, $38.45 pb, 254 pp

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