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During both world wars, Australia was confronted with a most challenging problem on its home front; what should be done with the thousands of ‘enemy aliens’ living in Australia? That is, the people who had migrated to Australia from the nations with which Australia was at war.

In World War I, it was those who came from Germany or Austria-Hungary; a generation later, in World War II, the list extended to those who came from Italy and Japan. Decisions made then had profound impacts on the lives of those who were interned,

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