Peter Mares: Not Quite Australian

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This event is part of the Writers + Ideas series at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Join an exclusive evening as award-winning journalist Peter Mares shares fresh insights and challenging new ideas for understanding Australia’s growing culture of temporary migration with Paul Barclay.

Today, there are more than a million temporary migrants living in Australia. They work, pay tax and abide by our laws, yet they have no voice in our democracy. In his new book Not Quite Australian, Peter Mares draws on case studies, personal stories and carefully assembled data to investigate the complex realities of this new era of temporary migration.

Peter looks closely at public policy and our emerging system of two-step migration and considers how today’s society has grown from our originating settler ideals. He also dives into some of the more nuanced questions surrounding temporary migration: At what point does someone become ‘Australian’ in a moral sense? How do these ‘visitors’ change the nature of Australian society and Australian multiculturalism? How does this more broadly effect concepts of belonging and notions of fairness?
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