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Australia is often referred to as a society of immigrants and, since the 1970s, as a multicultural society. We shall look at the evolution from ‘White Australia’ to modern multiculturalism, and beyond, at the current ‘crisis of multiculturalism’. We shall also look at the problematic relationship between multiculturalism and Aboriginal claims for recognition. This shall lead us to question what forms race take today in a rapidly changing Australia. In particular, how does the immigration system, with its emphasis on ‘skilled migration’, contribute to writing a particular version of the national story and citizenship, one that arguably is still ‘raced’.