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Sticker - 'Piss Off We're Full', Australia, 2009 Document Reg. No: HT 24762

Summary:
Decal sticker sold by stickerart.com.au, one of a number of businesses selling similar nationalist and often racist ephemera referred to by the Australian Nationalist Resource.

The image on the sticker was used during the Cronulla riots in December 2005 and during Australia Day celebrations and disturbances, including that on Manly Beach on 26 January 2009. The image is an echo of the iconography of the former 'White Australia' policy.
Description:
White decal sticker with transparent lettering on a white map of Australia.
Statement Of Significance:
These stickers are significant because they have been used on people's vehicles to show an increasing pride in Australian national identity and opinions about migration, especially during the 2000s. This sticker is one of a series of decal stickers which are examples of racist and nationalist memorabilia. The slogans on these stickers are racist and seek to define Australian identity by excluding 'the other'. Placed in a historical context the stickers reflect anxieties about foreign invasions and a xenophobia that has characterised public discourse in Australian colonies since the Victorian gold rushes of the 1850s.

The stickers displaying the outline map of Australia with "Piss Off We're Full!" and "Bugger Off We're Full" in the centre is a continuation of Australian fears of being 'swamped' by foreigners. The image of a white map of Australia and its variations appear scrawled on white human skin and t-shirts at the Cronulla riots in December 2005 and on Australia Day celebrations and disturbances, including that on Manly Beach on 26 January 2009. The use of the white map of Australia iconography, formerly a common feature of medals, badges and stamps, is an echo of the 'White Australia' policy of the early 20th century.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 129 mm (Height), 146 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: national identity, racism, nationalism
Themes this item is part of: Cultural Diversity Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Racism
Tertiary Classification: signage
Inscriptions: 'PISS OFF WE'RE FULL'
Distributor: Stickerart, Queensland, Australia, 2009
References: http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,,24975818-5005941,00.html, accessed 20/04/2011.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24966106-421,00.html, accessed 20/04/2011.
http://www.fightdemback.org/2006/03/04/australia-first-beneath-the-surface/, accessed 20/04/2011.
David Walker, 'Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia 1850-1939', University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1999.

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