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Hanifa Deen: Australia Has Not Escaped Its Racist Past
As part of the IQ2 Debate series, Hanifa Deen argues that Australia has not escaped its racist past. She talks about how we borrowed our White Australia test from South Africa, vilified Chinese and Afghans throughout our history and continue to build “desert gulags” for “queue jumpers”.
As Deen sees it “We fell into the old ways of fearing ethnic and cultural difference. A new manual on how to win elections was written, code words were used by the Howard government ‘go home’, ‘Australian values’ [and] ‘be frightened of Islam’…”