Unaustralia: Strangeness and Value

John Frow


This essay explores the flawed legal regime governing national security in Australia. It focuses on legislation related to anti-terrorism and discusses the negative effects of the bills, particularly in relation to the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. The author reflects on the harsh political and social climate of Australia during the era of the Howard government and One Nation party, noting that democratic and the liberal values can be in conflict.


Asylum seekers; anti-terrorism; security; democracy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/csr.v13i2.2127