Does History Matter?

Making and debating citizenship, immigration and refugee policy in Australia and New Zealand
Edited by:
  • Klaus Neumann
  • Gwenda Tavan
ISBN (print): 9781921536946
ISBN (online): 9781921536953
Publication date: September 2009
Imprint: ANU Press

This volume of essays represents the first systematic attempt to explore the use of the past in the making of citizenship and immigration policy in Australia and New Zealand. Focussing on immigration and citizenship policy in Australia and New Zealand, the contributions to this volume explore how history and memory are implicated in policy making and political debate, and what processes of remembering and forgetting are utilised by political leaders when formulating and defending policy decisions. They remind us that a nuanced understanding of the past is fundamental to managing the politics and practicalities of immigration and citizenship in the early 21st century.