asylum seekers

Should Australian progressives pay attention to George Lakoff?

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.We live in a post-fact world. I assert this for two reasons. Firstly, because it crystallises the conservative approach to public discourse, which is largely exemplified by lying, lying loudly and lying often. Secondly, because increasing scientific research demonstrates that …

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Asylum seeker debate in 2012

This blog post is 8 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.At my first meeting with Department officials as Minister for Immigration, I asked who was detained at the immigration detention centre on Nauru and at what stage were their claims for asylum. I was told there were eight Burmese and …

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The refugee debate dilemma: you can’t be “too tough”

This blog post is 10 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.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 …

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Dog whistles

This blog post is 10 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.There’s a bit of discussion around the traps to do with dog whistling. The idea is that Tony Abbott is dog whistling to the electorate on the issue of refugees by talking about “being tough on boat people” (one of …

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