The Migration Museum is holding a panel discussion ‘Unwanted Australians’ which will examine what it meant to be ‘unwanted’ in post-WWII Australia; the often severe consequences for individuals, their families and communities; and the contemporary parallels that can be drawn as citizenship is once again being framed in a national security context.
Over half a century ago South Australia was home to a Greek migrant forced to wait 40 years to become an Australian citizen. The late Stavros Papavassiliou, or Steve Pappas, was among hundreds of men and women who resettled in Australia on the promise of a better life, but soon after arrival were declared threats to national security and refused citizenship solely because of their perceived or confirmed political beliefs – mostly as Communists.
Subject to the secret government policy in the decades to the 1970s, they were also listed on a top secret index for potential internment, maintained by the Immigration Department and ASIO.
A group of the now elderly migrants is calling on the federal government to officially acknowledge that they were unfairly treated.
Moderated by journalist Kristina Kukolja – the co-author of the SBS special investigation, Unwanted Australians, the discussion will feature speakers:
- John Lesses, long standing Trade Union member and previously held position on the SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission
- Eustace Saltis, author, publisher and member of the Greek Workers Education Association of SA "Platon"
- Dr Evan Smith, Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of International Studies at Flinders University
- Dr Maria Giannacopoulos, Senior Lecturer in Socio-Cultural Studies at the School of Law at Flinders University.
When: 13 November 2016 at 2pm
Where: Migration Museum, 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide SA 5000
Afternoon tea included. Presented by the Migration Museum and Flinders University.
To book go to: https://unwanted-australians-panel-discussion.eventbrite.com.au