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8. The Finale of the Campaign

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This chapter begins with a brief account of the Australian government's '1 November [1993] decisions', which finally allowed all the People's Republic of China (PRC) students to stay in Australia permanently, the largest intake of onshore asylum seekers in Australian history. It then summarizes the key features of the strategic identity formation process among these students. The decision honored the commitment that had been made by Bob Hawke when he had been Prime Minister, and that had been endorsed by his successor, Paul Keating, that none of the students would be forced to return to China when their visas expired. The Category 818 visa was introduced on 31 January 1994 in order to include a group of highly qualified people who had arrived in Australia before the time covered by the '1 November [1993] decisions' and who had been studying in postgraduate courses there.

Keywords: 1 November [1993] decisions; Australia; Bob Hawke; Category 818 visa; Paul Keating; People's Republic of China (PRC) students



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