Our Unpolluted Shores: Radical Arrivals and the Politics of the Border
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This chapter explores those overseas “agitators”—described by one activist as “proven newsmakers”—who either tried or threatened to visit Australia, the reasons these individuals found their visits curtailed, and how activists and the media reacted. The mindset of government and its security apparatus will be explored with reference to theoretical work on the (re)production of the border, as the definition of who or what was subversive shifted in line with changing Cold War realities and the rise of new social movements. Activists and sections of the media used these exclusions to paint government as parochial and philistine, as was equally the case in the context of literary and political censorship. This, however, was more problematic, with activist use of violent images of disfigured Vietnamese civilians to challenge the hypocrisy of the censorship regime raising serious moral and ethical questions from within the protest community.