Tag: asylum seekers

Should Australian progressives pay attention to George Lakoff?

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 most people don’t use facts and evidence to form views and attitudes, or influence behaviour. […]

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Asylum seeker debate in 2012

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 81 Sri Lankans there. Virtually all of this group had already been assessed as refugees […]

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Essential Report came out yesterday with some sobering results for refugee and asylum seeker activists. I’ve written before about the dilemma facing refugee activists – especially in the lead up to the election. The take home message from the Essential Report is that many more people disapprove of humanitarian action being shown towards people in […]

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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 […]

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