Issue 23:1 | March 2003 | Fallout
A nation trying to deal with a phoney war, the resurfacing of racism, paranoia and panic over border control and a population deeply split over its government's actions in relation to these.
Artists respond to the shame of the Children Overboard episode, the Tampa Crisis, the inhuman conditions in our refugee detention centres and the 'war on terror'. We look at how easily the surface acceptance of peaceful multiculturalism and reconciliation can be disturbed by external forces.
Earlier waves of boat people reflect on this situation through new exhibitions and performances. Prominent and emerging artists combine to make their voices heard.