Immigration Nation

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‘Does this comment adequately reflect the arguments and evidence put forward in Immigration Nation’? Immigration Nation’s, ‘The Secret History of Us’ evidently depicts forms of racial tension between whites and non-whites since the beginning of Australia’s federation in 1901 right until after the Vietnam War in 1975. Although John Izzard’s reflection of the three-part documentary suggests that it was mere fabrication of the truth. However one cannot simply refute racial antagonism in Australian history, nor can we refute that Immigration Nation demonstrates a purely one-sided portrayal of migration to Australia. John Izzards, ‘The Deceit of Immigration’, argues that the evidence put forward to support a racist Australia in the documentary…show more content…
This sparked the need for new migrants. Arthur Calwell, leader of the newly formed Immigration department in parliament, is on a mission to seek potential Australian citizens who are known as displaced persons. He states that, ‘Without immigration Australia as we know, will be uneasy and brief’. He then goes on to say, ‘we either fill it or we lose it’ (Arthur Calwell, Immigration Nation’s The Secret History of Us, part two). The documentary suggests that the Australian society at the time were sceptical about the desire to fill the nation, believing that it was threatening to the white policy. For instance the attitude towards war affected Jewish people upon entering Australia was distasteful, depicting them as rats. The sudden emergence of non-English immigrants into Australian borders after World War Two creates a scare for Australian society. ‘People of our own stock’ was the most desired form of immigration by the Australian people (Immigration Nation’s the Secret History of Us, part…show more content…
However the conclusion to the episodes of Immigration Nation’s The Secret History of Us depicts the start of a change towards multi-national Australia. People of the new generation are intolerant to racial discrimination and action against policies in regards to immigration that uphold this notion. The story of young Nancy Precade’s desperate attempt to avoid extradition sparks a social uproar in Australia society, thus prevailing that racism no longer lingers amongst the new generation. Political figures such as Gough Whitlam personify these new values and he promised to push for change. While Governor General Malcolm Fraser buried the White Australia Policy. Therefore Immigration Nation does not imply that Australian’s are racist ‘past and present’ (John Izzard, The Deceit of Immigration Nation). It has displayed Australia’s growing acceptance of non-members of the white race through

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