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The Tampa Election: Twenty Years On

2 December 2021
5.00pm – 6.15pm AEDT
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On the 20th anniversary of the ‘Tampa election’ join us for a roundtable discussion featuring UNSW Adjunct Professor Behrouz Boochani, Iranian journalist Elahe Zivardar and writer Moones Mansoubi, with Professor Claudia Tazreiter and Professor Klaus Neumann.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the ‘Tampa election’ with the infamous anti-immigrant speech of John Howard: “we will decide who comes to this country and the manner in which they come”.

Panelists Behrouz Boochani, Elahe Zivardar, Moones Mansoubi, Klaus Neumann and Claudia Tazreiter will contextualise and problematise the recent history of Australia’s refugee and immigration policy as a period of division, hatred and cruelty that can be traced at least in part to the events leading up to the Federal election of November 2001.

The legacies of the ‘Tampa election’ truly constitute unfinished business, reverberating in Australia’s refugee and immigration policies and systems, and with profound impacts on Pacific neighbours.

A session of the Australian Historical Association 2021 Conference, hosted by UNSW Sydney and the State Library of NSW.

This session is sponsored by the UNSW Forced Migration Research Network.

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Behrouz Boochani

  • Graduated from Tarbiat Moallem (Kharazmi) University and Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran with a Masters Degree in Political Science, Political Geography and Geopolitics.
  • Boochani was prevented from enrolling to complete his PHD due to pressure placed upon him due to his advocacy for Kurdish cultural freedom. In 2012 Boochani wrote a paper on geopolitics and protecting minority rights. He was invited to a conference in Paris to deliver the paper. He was refused a passport and thus could not attend. The paper was delivered by his Professor from Tarbiat Modares Univerity, Tehran.
  • Non-resident Visiting Scholar at the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC), University of Sydney.
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Prof. Claudia Tazreiter

Claudia Tazreiter is a Associate Professor Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Claudia is a political sociologist. Her research focuses on contemporary human rights discourses, migration, the role of civil society, cosmopolitanism and post-conflict reconciliation processes. She has published extensively on migration, human rights, the asylum policies of Western states, the role of non-governmental organizations in policy advocacy, and women’s rights in post-conflict settings. She is currently working on an Australian Research Council funded project on migrant workers and human security in the Asia Pacific.

Research Areas
Contemporary human rights discourses, civil society and social movements, theories of migration and citizenship, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism

Current Research Projects
Fluid security in the Asia Pacific. With Leanne Weber, Sharon Pickering and Marie Segrave as co-investigators. A 3-year project on migrant workers and human security in the Asia Pacific. Funded by the Australian Research Council(Discovery grant)

Affiliations and Memberships
Associate, Australian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, UNSW
Member, Management Committee, Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW
Member, International Sociological Association

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Elahe Zivardar

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Moones Mansoubi

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Mr Omid Tofighian

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Prof. Klaus Neumann