Boats and borders: The politics of immigration

Boats and borders: The politics of immigration


Morrison is pushed by his expertise as immigration minister

“Let’s be trustworthy,” Crowe says, “the federal government is in a really dire state, they’ve had loads of inside turmoil, they’ve eliminated two prime ministers throughout their time in energy, they’re all the things they will use to win the following election.

“This can be a very highly effective situation for them to marketing campaign on … as that does imply there might be a vigorous scare marketing campaign.”

Crowe reminds the panel that there’s nonetheless a majority of assist amongst Australians for the boat turn-back regime to proceed.

The voters is altering, provides Maley, saying the voters is asking the query: “Do we have to take these harsh measures on the expense of human life, and does that cruelty have to be baked into the system to ensure that it to be efficient?”


Reopening Christmas Island appears political

The genesis of the medivac invoice was the independents which have taken what had been Liberal seats, or defected from the social gathering. That does not, nonetheless, imply the federal government has been forthcoming in how they’re coping with the newly minted impartial MPs.

“I do not know if the federal government has given a really particular rationalization as to why Christmas Island must be reopened,” says Maley.

There’s loads of confusion, says Crowe, completely different individuals will inform you completely different causes at completely different occasions as to why it must be open once more.


One other nation, one other border, comparable rhetoric

Internationally to a different border, Matthew Knott has been at a rally held by the US President Donald Trump, down in El Paso, Texas. 

Amongst supporters, Mr Trump made the declare {that a} fence constructed between El Paso and Juarez 10 years in the past had made El Paso, on the US aspect of the border, safer.

“Folks from El Paso stated that is mistaken, we had been by no means a harmful metropolis, and the statistics confirmed that they had been proper,” Knott stated.

Amid calls to “construct the wall”, Knott spoke to rally attendees, a lot of whom had been hispanic, about why they had been there supporting the president.

“He obtained an enormous crowd .. many individuals see it as a once-in-a-lifetime alternative to see Trump,” he stated, “some individuals had been simply curious, you do not usually get a president visiting El Paso.”

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