The refugee debate dilemma: you can’t be “too tough”
July 12, 2010
The big public relations dilemma faced by progressive asylum seeker activists is that the overwhelming view from Australians is negative.
A case in point is today’s Essential Media report, which asked about the Government’s approach to asylum seekers.
The most alarming figures is the high number of people who think that the Government is being “too soft”. The low number of people who think it is “too tough” is also concerning.
Possum Pollytics over at Crikey looks at the Nielsen poll, finding that there is high levels of approval on “getting tough” on asylum seekers.
With 63% approving of the policy change (or rather, approving of the notion of “getting tough” that was inherent in the question asked), Labor must be thinking “job well done” about now.