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Deterrence and asylum seekers

By Toby Maconachie.

Recently the issue of asylum seekers seems to have come to focus on deterrence, but why has this happened and what evidence are these arguments of deterrence based upon?

Even if deterrence is of primary importance in this issue, what is the basis the proposed means of deterrence and how do we know if these will be effective?

Aren’t these some of the questions the media should be asking?

Image courtesy: The Age, by James Brickwood

Image courtesy: The Age, by James Brickwood

Deterrence as focus:

The government’s Malaysia “solution” and its subsequent beat-down by the supreme court have been the major topics of discussion in the asylum seeker debate, both within parliament and outside in the media.

While the government argues that its Malaysian solution is the best way to deter both people smugglers and their prospective clients, the opposition promotes its own alternative, also based on deterrence.

But why this focus on deterrence?

Some have explained this as playing to the electorate’s xenophobia, which I think is pretty close to the money.

The politicisation of the asylum seeker debate can clearly be traced to the Howard era, most notably, the Tampa issue.

But although Howard was politically apt enough to know not to espouse xenophobic statements himself, his policies enabled others to take them to their logical conclusions.

For example, see Media Watch’s analysis of Alan Jones part in the Cronulla riots.

And to this day, politicians know that this still politically sensitive for Australians, and a great means of wedging adversaries.

Basis for deterrence:

Even if deterrence shouldn’t necessarily take centre stage, it is still an important issue with asylum seekers.

But there are some important questions which still need to be answered:

As I’ve said, deterrence seems to be all politicians talk about in regards to asylum seekers, and harsh measures are prescribed as the best means to do this, but why?

How do we know what will deter people smugglers and their clientele, and on what information are the currently proposed deterrents based?

Has any research been done?

Have the Australian Federal Police (AFP) interviewed people smugglers, or even refugees, to see what would stop them?

Maybe they have – the AFP are often cited as the best consultants on deterring people smugglers by the government in parliament – but we don’t hear about it.

Instead, it seems to be assumed that reducing pull factors will “stop the boats”.

If they have, we haven’t heard about it. But I think we should.

Audience participation:

Do you think we focus too much on deterrence when it comes to refugees?

Posted under: Blogging, Media ethics
Dated: Sep 30 2011

11 Comments

  1. Phoebe says:

    Great attempt at an issue that receives saturated coverage. You’ve asked quite a few questions in this blog post and I’m not sure you’ve been able to answer them all- sometimes all you need to do is formulate one or two killer questions and you’ll find it quite easy to structure and answer.

    Well done.

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