Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s grand claim that Australia is ‘the most successful multicultural nation in the world’ is important to the nation’s sense of identity and belonging, but at times it seems that multiculturalism is more an article of faith than a work in progress. What it really means in the twenty-first century is the focus of Griffith Review 61: Who We Are, which examines both the opportunities offered and the complexities involved.
The nation’s population has almost doubled since 1975, and in recent years the rules around migration have been altered significantly. Those who have chosen to make their home here in the past have changed Australia, and waves of new arrivals continue to transform the country. Yet the apparent certainties of Australia as a permanent settler society are giving way to the precarious churn of temporary migration.
Who We Are, co-edited by Julianne Schultz and Peter Mares, gives voice to Australia’s changing reality, explores the big issues of belonging, citizenship and participation, and teases out how contemporary Australia might evolve.
Griffith Review 61: Who We Are is published with the support of Policy Innovation Hub, Griffith Business School.