Cultural Equity on Australia’s Borders – Social Capital within sight tho’ politically out of reach.
By Karen McCarthy-Eastland
To reference this paper, please use the following:
Eastland, K. 2014. Cultural Equity on Australia’s Borders: “Social Capital
within sight tho’ politically out of reach.” Pp. 1-33.
“With War comes devastation and disconnection; with famine comes death
and disease. Innocence of human life is lost and the shattered remnants of
once great civilisations disperse across the face of the planet in search of
safety, in search of normalcy. This array of human life become psychological
captives, trapped in the memories of what once was, only to be criminalised
for wanting to be (Eastland, 2014).”
Hedging Australia’s shores is Australia’s future, and yet the Australian government continues to turn that future away. Disenfranchised persons seeking asylum in Australia are cultural equity (Jakubowicz, July, 2009) and social capital (Barker, 2008) requiring a social justice (Barker, 2008) from a government fighting an aging population. Rather than becoming a problem that Australia’s government seeks to make of other countries, Australia should protect these people, because it is capable of assisting, and is in need of accommodating a demographically sound people, able to fill the projected 20 year void in Australia’s working population (Statistics, October, 2012).