Australia: Asians, Keep Out!

Underpopulated Australia spent $30 million in 1963 to attract new citizens, since war's end has increased its population from 7.5 million to a mere 11 million. That adds up to fewer inhabitants than Pennsylvania has, in an area 66 times larger. Nonetheless, Australia clings to some of the world's most restrictive immigration laws, has traditionally discriminated against Asian and other nonwhite immigrants in order to preserve what Immigration Minister Alexander Downer has described as "an Anglican European community embodying all that is best of the Old World and the New."

Australia's "immigration apartheid" dates from the latter half of the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!