B(o)at Signal

Riffing on Batman’s bat sign in the sky, Jon Kudelka wonders if Canberra has become Gotham City as the news goes out to citizens on border control. Australia is one of the world’s most multicultural nations, so it is hardly surprising that immigration has been one of our most contested policy areas. New citizenship requirements were announced in April meaning applicants must hold permanent residency for longer, pass demanding English and citizenship tests and demonstrate that they have integrated into Australian society. Needless to say, this debate provided wonderful grist for our cartoonists’ mills. The proposed changes did not pass the Senate.