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‘The Australian Solution’: A model for necropolitics at the border

[imagecaption]Exterior view of Tracy Moffat’s, ‘Vigil,’ 2017, Australian Pavilion, Venice. Photo by Joseph Pugliese [/imagecaption]

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Australian politicians proudly claim that Australia has become a model for state violence at the border, while the so called ‘Australian Solution’ has been cited by other Western nation-states and far right groups in Europe, who have sought to replicate elements of policy or rhetoric.

Far right groups in Europe have borrowed from Australian state propaganda. Douglas CarswellUkip member of parliament in 2015, suggested, There are lessons to learn from Australia. It’s come up with something that works.

In 2017, a leaked transcript of a phone call between then Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and US President Donald Trump  revealed that as the Australian Prime Minister was explaining Australia’s border policies, Trump responded, ‘That is a good idea. We should do that too.’  He even conceded admiringly:  You are worse than I am.’ More recently President Trump tweeted, ‘These flyers depict Australia’s policy on Illegal Immigration. Much can be learned!’

This section explores Australia’s necropolitics at the border, and its convergences and continuities with those of other states.


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