The Australian government has announced plans to open the world’s first Border Museum.
Based in Canberra, the $314 billion project was announced by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton this week and is set to be completed in 2018.
The Museum will feature rare archival photographs of Australia’s first borders, erected in 1788, Australian borders through the ages, including on Aboriginal land and invisible borders such as the White Australia Policy. A contemporary and interactive exhibit will allow visitors to learn how modern Australian borders work and sometimes even disappear, depending on the method of someone’s entry to Australia.
Mr Dutton, joined at the launch by former PM Tony Abbott and Senator Eric Abetz, was glowing in his praise for the project, ‘Australia’s borders, along with the Leadbeaters possum, Spiny skink and Orange bellied parrot are under constant threat and it is crucial that as a government we do everything we can to strengthen and protect them. The Border Museum will give Australians a firsthand opportunity to learn about Border Control, Border Security, Border Force, Border Protection, Sovereign Borders, Strong Borders, Resilient Borders and Defending our Borders… but most of all, it will focus on the importance of keeping Australia separated from the rest of the world, by our borders.’
Visitors to the Museum will be subject to ‘pre-entry screening,’ while the Museum itself will be surrounded by a 19km wide moat, where school children will have the chance to participate in ‘Junior Border Enforcement’ activities, the details of which have not been released.
The success of the Border Museum is being closely monitored by governments in Israel, Austria and Saudi Arabia, as well as Donald Trump’s presidential campaign team.