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Jan 30, 2017

What Donald Trump learned from Australian border policy

There is something very familiar about Donald Trump's new plan to stop the planes.

Shakira Hussein — Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Shakira Hussein

Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Watching the events of the weekend in the United States was like viewing 20 years of Australian border control policy on fast forward. The spectacle at airports across the United States did not result from the election of a uniquely tyrannical government. Rather, it is what happens when measures that have been introduced incrementally in Australia are imposed overnight. Configuring immigration as a national security issue, introducing religious discrimination into the refugee intake -- Australia was there first.

Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi.

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9 thoughts on “What Donald Trump learned from Australian border policy

  1. old greybearded one

    Nah we can’t blame Australia. HE is a white neofascist racist, we did not make him that way.

    1. shea mcduff

      Scott Morrison reckons we helped pave the way for Trump, and Morrison should know, he was, still is, a paver-in-chief.

    2. Draco Houston

      We Run Concentration Camps.

    3. Bob the builder

      So hard to tell sarcasm in the written word …

  2. graybul

    As the PM commented today triumpily; ‘we Australians are the ones who showed the world how to secure borders.’ (and locate, construct, introduce extra territorial legal, management entities that permit deniability no matter what the question or outcome, including deaths in custody.) Ooh Yes! Australia has lit the path for all to follow.

    We are of course just a little bit worried since stage right entrance of President Trump . . . . whether our deniability clause will be entirely adequate for the immediate future whilst we sort out which bloc we really want to be allied (subservient) to.

  3. mike westerman

    Yep, Al-Qaeda and IS would be declaring a holiday over their victory in Australia, Britain and the US: no chance of tolerance of brown people with their funny languages and culture now! But sadly it radiates out undermining tolerance in otherwise “moderate” Muslim majority countries. Here in SE Asia, radical groups run by guys with no more morals than Trump are free to use the race/religion card to further their political aims precisely because the West has proven itself to be such a hollow man.

  4. bushby jane

    Easy, no Australians go to USA and muck up their tourism industry, especially if other countries do the same.

  5. AR

    The constant theme in the Benighted States, since the 19thC, has beenn Isolationism – Yay or Nay?
    I have heard the claim that this is a threat or danger in every election since I became sentient (with the exception of Obama) and my only thought was “PLEEZ, pleez do so!”.
    If the Drumpfster builds a southern wall, Canada would probably buried in crowd funding to build a northern wall and the rest of the world could chip in for the roof.
    Leave them to stew in their own shitty stupidity.

  6. Draco Houston

    “These fears are heightened by the Turnbull government’s apparent determination to maintain the deal to resettle refuges from Nauru, no matter the cost. It is difficult to trust that a government that wants to be on such friendly terms with Trump would be prepared to adequately represent our interests, if and when we should need consular support.”

    Personally, I have no faith in the government to represent my interests because they run concentration camps.

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