Permanent migration has long been vital to the story of Australia. From the arrival of early settlers to waves of post-war immigration, the symbolic moment of disembarking onto Australian soil is an image deeply embedded in our nation’s consciousness.
Today, there are more than million temporary migrants living in Australia. They work, pay tax and abide by our laws, yet they remain unrecognised as citizens. All the while, this rise in temporary migration is redefining Australian society, from wage wars and healthcare benefits, to broader ideas of national identity and cultural diversity.
Peter Mares is an independent writer and researcher. He is the author of two books: Not Quite Australian: how temporary migration is changing Australia (Text 2016) and Borderline (UNSW Press 2001 & 2002), an award-winning analysis of Australia’s policies towards asylum seekers and refugees. Peter is also contributing editor with the online magazine Inside Story and senior moderator with The Cranlana Programme, an independent not-for-profit foundation that promotes ethical leadership. Previously, Peter worked for 25 years as a journalist and broadcaster with the ABC, where he presented national radio programs and served as a foreign correspondent. Throughout his career Peter has combined journalism with public policy research, particularly on migration. He is an adjunct fellow at Swinburne University.