2000s

Seeking asylum and saying sorry

Cartoon by Oslo Davis Cartoon by Oslo Davis
Source: Museum Victoria
 

In May 2000, 250,000 people march across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to say 'sorry' to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for past injustices.

In 2001, the Norwegian freighter Tampa carrying over 430 rescued asylum seekers is refused permission to enter Australia.

The Australian Government excludes selected islands from Australia's 'migration zone'.

Australia celebrates the Centenary of Federation, including a commemoration of the opening of the first federal parliament in Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building in 1901.

Nationwide rallies are held protesting against the treatment of asylum seekers being held in Australian and off-shore detention centres. Some internees set fires and hold hunger strikes.

Immigration policy favours skilled migration and emphasises English language proficiency.

Aus Pop (2000): 18,972,350
Vic Pop (2000): 4,644,950 Figures taken from Colonial and Commonwealth censuses and exclude Aborigines until 1971.

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