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Refugees & Australia

Refugees & Australia

Chapter:
(p.40) Chapter 5 Refugees & Australia
Source:
Activist Poetics
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846314698.003.0005

This chapter presents Kinsella's views about the Australia's campaign against refugee ‘incursion’. He believes that most Australians, including himself, are complicit in this outrage — maybe even those campaigning for or advocating refugee rights. He argues that, as in other Western democracies, the rights of the majority are used to deny or minimise the rights of minorities, and that this is a false democracy, in which rights are displaced and disguised under euphemistic terminologies.

Keywords:   John Kinsella, refugees rights, Australia, minorities, human rights, false democracy

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