Dog whistles, regional visas and wage theft – immigration policy is again an election issue

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  • Immigration policy will be a major issue in the 2019 federal election.

We know this because immigration has featured significantly at every Australian election since the 2001 “children overboard” election.

  • Jock Collins
  • The Conversation

David Marr and Marian Wilkinson argued in their 2003 book, Dark Victory, that willingness to play the race card in relation to boat people was a decisive factor in John Howard’s election victory.

For Tony Abbott, “Stop the boats” was a major campaign theme when the Coalition won back government in the 2013 election.

The current prime…

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