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dc.contributor.authorStrachan, Glenda
dc.contributor.authorFrench, Erica
dc.contributor.authorBurgess, John
dc.description.abstractAustralia has been populated for more than 40 000 years with Indigenous Australians joined by European settlers only 230 years ago. The first settlers consisted of convicts from more than 28 countries and members of the British army who arrived in 1788 to establish a British penal colony. Mass migration in the nineteenth century with one and a half million immigrants from Europe, principally from the UK and Ireland (Haines and Shlomowitz, 1992), established the continent as an Anglo society in the Pacific. In the twentieth century, immigrants came from many European countries and in the latter decades from many parts of Asia and the Middle East (Collins, 1991, pp. 10-13). In the twenty-first century, Australia has an ethnically and culturally diverse population. The original Indigenous population of Australia accounts for approximately 460 000 or 2.5 per cent of the total population (ABS, 2006a). Estimates are that around 4.5 million persons in the population (close to 20 per cent), were born outside Australia, with the majority of these arriving from Europe, principally the UK, and New Zealand (ABS, 2006b). Like many other countries, Australia has a legacy of discrimination and inequality in employment. Propelled by racist ideologies and the male-breadwinner ideology, Indigenous Australians, and non-European immigrants, and women were barred from certain jobs and paid less for their work than any white male counterpart.en_US
dc.publisherEdward Elgaren_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleInternational Handbook on Diversity Management at Work: Country Perspectives on Diversity and Equal Treatmenten_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchStudies in Human Society not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.titleEqual access to the opportunities available? Equity and diversity laws and policies in Australiaen_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Book Chapters (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeB - Book Chaptersen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, Dept of Employment Relations and Human Resourcesen_US
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