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Lampooning immigration policies

Lampooning immigration policies

During the 20th century the number of Irish immigrants was not great, and those who came tended to be Protestants from the north. This Malcolm Evans cartoon satirises a suggestion by Prime Minister Robert Muldoon, himself the grandson of an Ulster-born immigrant, that New Zealand should welcome refugees from the Ulster 'Troubles' in 1976. The minister of immigration, Frank Gill, a Catholic, did not please his boss when he rejected five Protestants who had been involved in anti-IRA activities.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Cartoon by Malcolm Evans

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Jock Phillips, 'Irish - Migration after 1870', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/57/lampooning-immigration-policies (accessed 25 June 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015