Raising the Barriers or Investing in our Future?

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Leahy, Mary and Bertone, Santina (2002) Raising the Barriers or Investing in our Future? In: VCOSS Social Policy Conference: proceedings. Victorian Council of Social Service, Victoria.


Australia's harsh treatment of asylum seekers has been rightly identified as immoral and counterproductive by activists, NGOs and some public figures. However, less attention has been paid to the federal government's approach to other new arrivals nor to the links been underpinning attitudes towards the nominally welcomed and the unauthorised. There is limited public awareness of the extent to which support systems for new migrants have been dismantled in recent years. One major change for nonhumanitarian migrants has been the introduction of a two-year non-eligibility period for almost all social security benefits, most HECS and government funded education and training places, and intensive employment search assistance. Based on research into the impact of the two-year waiting period policy, this paper analyses the values and fantasies underpinning current federal government migration and refugee policy. It also proposes alternatives policies which will start

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Theme of congress: Developing visions for new ways
forward: Stronger Communities.
Day 1: Wed 31 July

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6315
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > FOR Classification > 1603 Demography
Historical > FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Historical > FOR Classification > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies
Current > Division/Research > Other
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Work-Based Education Research Centre (WERC)
Keywords ResPubID5472 inclusion, exclusion, labour market, multiculturalism, immigration policy, Australian Research Council, ARC, asylum seekers, migration program
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