National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Dr. Loong Wong
Independent Researcher/Website Editor

Henry Pan
President and Community Activist, Chinese Australian Services Society

Cultural Shifts: Immigrants 'Talk' on the Impact of Recent Immigration and Settlement Policies

Immigration to Australia has always been a controversial and political event. Since its colonisation in 1788, Australia has been a fairly homogenous society. The post-Second World War era marked a shift in Australia,s immigration intake patterns: immigrants from outside Britain were admitted for the first time. The 1970s and subsequent decades brought about shift: many Asians, came to Australia. This shift in intake provoked resentment in the early 1990s and came to the full a decade later. With the election of the Liberal-National coalition in 1996 and the associated rise of Pauline Hanson, the government brought about sweeping changes in its immigration, settlement and social programmes. This paper provides an overview and analysis of these policies. Drawing on experiences gained from community activism, the paper suggests that justice and equity concerns are more adequately engaged when moral processes and ethical discourse are understood processually interms of their interactions.

Loong has recently left academic work, having taught at Monash and Deakin universities in Australia. He has also taught in Papua New Guinea, Aotearoa and Malaysia. He currently works in a business development capacity for an I.T. firm. In his spare time, he works with community groups and writes and manages a website.

Henry Pan has been a community activist for the last twenty years, establishing childcare centres, aged care and women' support programmes. He has been recently appointed as a part-time commissioner to the Ethnic Affairs Commission.

Presentation Type
30 min paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

Papers & Workshops