|•||Explore the ways in which discourses of cultural difference and language proficiency sometimes serve as a cloak for racism and discrimination.|
|•||Gain an understanding of the challenges faced by transnational migrants in the labour market.|
|•||Learn about inclusive language and industrial policies in linguistically and culturally diverse societies.|
Consider the following example, which comes from an Australian talkback radio show and was broadcast in the context of the so-called ‘Cronulla riots’ in December 2005, which pitted ‘Middle Eastern gangs’ against ‘Australian mobs’ in a Sydney beachside suburb.1 The show in question discussed the most violent incident in this context, where ‘Australians’ had attacked ‘Muslims’. I am using quotation marks because in actual fact both groups were native-born Australian citizens. Those portrayed as ‘Australians’ in the media were mostly of Anglo–Celtic backgrounds while those portrayed as ‘Muslims’ were mostly of Lebanese backgrounds.