Dr. Loong Wong
Independent Researcher/Website Editor
President and Community Activist, Chinese Australian Services
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.
30 min paper