Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Voice - The Immigration Restriction Act - 1840 - 1880

In this series I will discuss the events that shaped our ancestor’s thinking from the end of transportation, to the gold rush days of the 1850’s and 60’s, to the coolie labour days of the 1840’s and 1870’s, to the use of Kanaka labour, to the fight for federation, through to the threat of yellow peril. I will then discuss the end product of the Immigration Restriction Act’s removal – multiculturalism and finally I will discuss the reasons why the Act should have never been abandoned.

In this episode I will be focusing on the period from 1840 to 1880 so that we can have a good understanding of why on August the 7th, 1901, Australia's first Prime Minister Edmund Barton introduced the Immigration Restriction Act to Federal Parliament.

Release Date - August 22, 2011.

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