Migrant workers in post war Australia: racism, militancy and multiculturalism

2:30pm Sunday 4 September

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About this session

Sandra Bloodworth will look at the experience of the post-WW2 mass migration to Australia from war torn Europe and its aftermath. Lured by hope of a new world, fleeing genocide and war crimes on all sides, they provided a highly exploited workforce for Australian capitalism. At times the mingling of hope with tragic memories and unfulfilled dreams gave rise to bitter class struggles, which will be the centrepiece of the introduction. And apart from repression, the response of the Australian bourgeoisie to the rising anger was to rebrand Australian nationalism. Multiculturalism and the mantra of “we are one” supposedly consigned racism and class bitterness to the past. Lots to discuss in this mix of exploitation, racism, and resistance by the oppressed.

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