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T-Shirt - 'Fuck On, We're Empty', Red, circa 2009 Object Reg. No: HT 23654

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Red t-shirt designed by leakeg, circa 2009. The t-shirt features a white printed map of Australia with the slogan 'Fuck On We're Empty'. This T-shirt is an example of individual designers' and artists' efforts to counteract racism and discrimination in Australian society through the sale of anti-racist memorabilia through an independent website for exhibiting art, design and photography, called Red Bubble.

The slogan 'Fuck on we're empty' was created as a counterpoint to the racist slogans stating that Australia is 'full', especially the slogan 'Fuck off we're full' which was developed and used following the Cronulla riots of 2005. This t-shirt counteracts the racist slogan by carefully imitating its imagery, both use a white map of Australia and similar language, although the slogan 'Fuck on We're Empty', suggests that we should welcome migrants because this land is 'empty'.
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Red t-shirt. The front shows of a white printed map of Australia with the words Fuck On We're Empty in the centre. Size M.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 795 mm (Height), 855 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, white australia policy, immigration debates, sustainability, assimilation
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Tertiary Classification: promotional materials
Inscriptions: Front, printed: "Fuck On We're Empty"
Designer: Leakeg, Australia, circa 2009
Distributor: RedBubble, Australia, circa 2009
References: http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22501251-661,00.html
http://www.theage.com.au/national/sudanese-youth-death-case-to-go-to-trial-20080903-48qs.html
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/10/01/1191091031242.html
J. Jupp, From White Australia to Woomera: the Story of Australian Immigration (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002)

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