‘British’ Immigration to Australia
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Policy Objectives and Ethnic Mix Australians are being reminded in no uncertain terms that they belong to a multicultural society. Official immigration policy has been non-discriminatory in terms of race, colour and ethnicity since 1973, when the Labor government buried the last remains of the ‘White Australia’ policy which had its origins as an immigration control mechanism for the whole continent of Australia with the introduction of the federal system in 1901.1 The echo of this policy change is heard in a statement of the recently-established Australian Ethnic Affairs Council.