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Discussion paper - 'Towards a fairer immigration system for Australia', 1992

This is the cover of a 55-page paper titled 'Towards a fairer immigration system for Australia'. It states that the current immigration system is unfair to some groups and discusses how to guarantee fair access to Australia's immigration system. The paper was prepared by Andrew Theophanous and published in 1992. It now ...

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African American salary disparity, 1968

How does it feel to be paid less than another person doing the same job, because of the colour of your skin? During the 1960s, this was the plight of many professional African Americans who were not paid equally for doing the same work as their white counterparts. Listen to David Dinkins, a New York lawyer, share his experiences.

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Neville Bonner, 1991: beginnings

This clip shows Aboriginal activist and politician Neville Bonner talking about his early life. He says that his mother was deserted by her first husband, after which the family moved to Lismore and lived on the bank of the Richmond River. The conditions there were 'very shocking'. Bonner's grandfather cleared an area under ...

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White Australia Policy badge, c1920

This is a circular copper-nickel and aluminium fob badge made around 1920. The words 'WHITE / AUSTRALIA' run across a central cut-out map of Australia, which is made of silvered (white) wash on aluminium. The circular brass border bears the words 'AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIANS'. There is suspension loop at top. The badge ...

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Female mechanic with Honda motorcycle, 1975

This is an image of a female motor mechanic dressed in overalls and working on a motorcycle in a large automotive workshop. It comes from a black-and-white photographic negative and is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. The negative's dimensions are: height 10.0 cm x width 10.3 cm.

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Notice of resolution against 'Indian' hawkers at Avon Shire, 1893

This is a printed notice of a resolution dated 9 February 1893 protesting against the issuing of hawkers' licences to 'Syrians, Afghans, Hindoos and other colored races'. The notice is from Avon Shire Council in Stratford, Victoria, and the Council asks for approval and support from the mayor and councillors of Northcote. ...

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Racial Discrimination Act information leaflet, 1975

This leaflet, titled 'Racial discrimination and prejudice', provides information about the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. The cover has a photograph of the minister for immigration, Al Grassby, and is subtitled 'The Racial Discrimination Act / How does it work?' The leaflet was issued by the Commissioner for Community ...

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Discussion booklet - 'White Australia - to-day's dilemma', 1957

This is the cover of a 16-page booklet titled 'White Australia - to-day's dilemma', an issue of Current Affairs Bulletin (CAB) edited by J L J Wilson. The booklet discusses the White Australia policy, which was in place at the time. It was published by the Department of Tutorial Classes at the University of Sydney and is ...

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Discussion booklet - 'White Australia - reform?', 1964

This is the cover of a 16-page booklet titled 'White Australia - reform?', an issue of Current Affairs Bulletin. It discusses the White Australia policy, which was then in the process of being overturned. It was published by the Department of Tutorial Classes at the University of Sydney and is dated 6 July 1964. It now ...

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Review of the 1948 Australian Citizenship Act, 1982

This ten-page booklet titled 'The Australian Citizenship Act 1948' is a review of the Act by the Australian Human Rights Commission. It was published in 1982, and its dimensions are 24.80 cm x 17.50 cm.

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Published address - 'Integration - a task for all Australians', 1973

This is the cover of a 12-page booklet titled 'Integration - a task for all Australians', published in 1973. The content was delivered as an address by R E Armstrong, the secretary of the Department of Immigration, to the annual general meeting of the Good Neighbour Council of South Australia on 28 May 1973. The booklet's ...

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'Proposal for amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act', 1983

This is the cover of a 40-page booklet titled 'Proposal for amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act to cover incitement to racial hatred and racial defamation'. It is a review of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 by the Australian Human Rights Commission. It was published in November 1983 by the Australian Government ...

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Published address - 'The migrant and human rights', 1968

This is the cover of a 12-page booklet titled 'The migrant and human rights', published in 1968. It contains an address delivered by the minister for Immigration, B M Sneddon, to the 16th state conference of the Good Neighbour Council of Victoria on 25 October 1968. Sections in the booklet include: 'The meaning of human ...

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Young people and epilepsy: who do you tell?

This clip shows young people with epilepsy talking about deciding who in their life to tell about their condition and when. They discuss how important it is for people to be sensitive when they inquire about epilepsy, and they affirm the value of friends and the support they provide. Some mention their determination to ...

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Young people and hearing impairment: challenges

This clip shows young people with hearing impairments discussing some of the challenges they face. The difficulty of caring for hearing equipment and the limits to its effectiveness in noisy situations is mentioned. Several students reveal the effects of teasing and bullying at school and their subsequent hurt and withdrawal. ...

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A walk through 'White Australia' at the National Museum of Australia, 1850-2010

In this unit of work students explore how the National Museum of Australia (NMA) exhibitions represent 'White Australia' attitudes and policies in Australian history from 1850 to the present day. The unit uses objects and displays to help students investigate key issues around the development of a multicultural Australia.

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'Washington, DC Government charwoman', 1942

This is a famous black-and-white anti-discrimination photograph, also widely known as 'American Gothic, Washington, DC'. It shows Mrs Ella Watson, an African American cleaner at the Treasury in Washington, USA. She is standing stiffly in front of the US flag, with a broom on one side and a mop on the other. The photograph ...

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African American teacher and pupils at a segregated rural school in Oklahoma, 1940

This is a black-and-white photograph showing an African American female teacher with two students in a school in Creek County in the US state of Oklahoma. The photograph was taken by Russell Lee in February 1940. Part of the caption he wrote for the image reads, 'This year, despite the fact the white school received free ...

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Police arresting an African American during the Sojourner Truth housing riot, 1942

This is a black-and-white photograph showing an African American being arrested by two policemen in Detroit, Michigan. One mounted policeman looks on and another stands guard. The photograph was taken in February 1942, almost certainly on 28 February, by Arthur Siegel. Part of the photograph's caption reads: 'Riot at the ...

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First African American tenants moving into the Sojourner Truth housing project, 1942

This is a black-and-white photograph showing an African American family attempting to move into the Sojourner Truth housing project in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The photograph was taken in February 1942 by Arthur Siegel. Part of its caption reads 'Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused ...