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Media Musings Blog Archive On asylum Last weekend, the press went crazy for a young woman who arrived in Sydney on a boat.
Which isn't surprising our journos do have an intense fascination with boat arrivals, don't they? With the government recently suspending processing of Sri Lankan and Afghan asylum claims, the arrival (especially by sea) of people seeking refuge in Australia has become big news again. Given the emphasis the press gives to "boat people", it seems that the majority of people seeking asylum in Australia arrive by boat, right? And given the amount of hoo ha we hear about asylum seekers straining louis vuitton shoes jeddah Australia resources, it also seems they make up a large proportion of overall migration, yes? Neither of these assumptions is even close to being true. The vast majority of asylum seekers arrive in Australia by plane. Even taking them into account, asylum claims are still utterly dwarfed by permanent migration. So why the focus on boat arrivals? Well, reporting the arrival of a boat conjures up simplistic notions of physical border protection. It implicitly references an "enemy" arriving by sea or land and taking ground, adding an emotional charge to the issue. In short, a boat arrival is a more louis vuitton alma pm ebay newsworthy event than the steady trickle of asylum seekers through airports. But we must be louis vuitton bags from the 80&s aware that the back and forth over "boat people" is a political game. It has decided the outcome of elections before and it's a fair bet that it could again. The media is weak for buying into this game to such an extent. Many journalists aren blind to the fact that, in the whole scheme of things, boat arrivals are a non issue. Yet boat arrivals this political tool are still given a huge amount of coverage, effectively making the press a mouthpiece for politicians. The public deserves to have issues put into context for them.
The media should determine the value of an issue based on the facts, not based on how riled up it gets our pollies. Despite the injustice to the public, the real victims are the people who have left their home countries because of a fear for their safety, who have a legal right to seek our protection, and who have louis vuitton agenda refill 2013 had the media spotlight placed on them unnecessarily. The tide of public opinion (and as a result, public policy) has turned on them, all because a "leaky rust bucket" makes an easy story.
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