Messenger Somalia is among the top three refugee producing nations.
Messenger Over the last two decades we have seen the unprecedented politicisation of immigration. Many Australians remember the wave of immigration after World War II when our rapidly developing industrialised economy addressed its labour shortage. Yet, like many Western countries, since the end of the Cold War we have worked to prevent refugees from seeking asylum by making our borders impenetrable.
Today, we distinguish between migrants, who arrive via our Migration Program currently up toplaces per yearand refugees, admitted through our Humanitarian Program, providing 13, places in Migrants make a conscious choice to seek a better life elsewhere.
Refugees are forced to leave their country because of persecution. Photography has mapped a distinctively Australian version of this global story. This image allows us to empathise with the fear, anxiety and hope felt by newcomers, poised between old and new, tradition and change.
David Moore Migrants arriving in Sydneygelatin silver photograph.
As asylum seekers have come to be widely viewed as a security threat, refugee policy has been militarised, displacing attention from the situation of those attempting to reach Australia to their supposed menace to our way of life.
Do our responses to such photos prompt political or social change? Or, after a moment of compassion or shame, do these feelings simply subside, letting us return to business as usual and thereby reinforcing the status quo? Clearly, Australian government and military officials believe, very deeply, in the power of such imagery to undermine — or conversely, support — their agenda.
Two episodes in our recent history reveal the power of photography to shape attitudes and influence public debate. The second is the increased border protection measures introduced by the Abbott government fromstill in place today.
During the late s, increasing numbers of people attempted to travel to Australia by boat to seek asylum, including Afghanis, many being members of the persecuted Hazara minority.
In Augustthe Norwegian vessel MV Tampa rescued mostly Afghan refugees from their sinking boat, around four hours from the Australian territory of Christmas Island.
The Australian government blocked the Tampa from landing on Christmas Island. Indonesia, which had not ratified the Convention on Refugees, refused to receive them. When the Tampa entered Australian waters without permission, the Australian military intervened.
After much delay, the refugees were taken to Nauru. A review carried out by researchers from the University of Queensland examined the visual representation of asylum seekers on the front pages of two prominent Australian newspapers at this time — The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. The boat carrying asylum seekers pulls up alongside the Tampa.
Perhaps the most widely circulated image from this crisis was an aerial view of the Tampa showing the rescued refugees sitting on the deck in rows, in a space defined by shipping containers.
Asylum seekers on board the Tampa. Visual theorists express concerns about the ethical use of images of suffering. They argue that such images exploit their subjects by violating their privacy or showing them as abject and less-than-human.
In addition, there are well-grounded fears that identifying individuals may render them vulnerable to persecution in their home countries. However, the complete suppression of images by the state also acts to erase the social experience of suffering.
In this way, the absent image may be as powerful, and terrifying in its effects, as images of suffering.
In Octoberin the immediate lead-up to a federal election, a boat designated Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel 4, carrying asylum seekers, was intercepted by HMAS Adelaide north of Christmas Island, and then sank. Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock claimed that passengers had thrown children overboard as a means of forcing the Australian navy to rescue them.
Defence Minister Peter Reith and the prime minster repeated this claim, and on 10 October released photographs that supposedly proved it.The issue that I will be arguing about is whether or not Australia should accept the Tampa Refugees? In my essay I will give my reasons that why we should and shouldn't accept the Tampa refugees.
We should accept the Tampa refugees because they are fleeing from their country from punishment from. Should Australia accept Tampa Refugees? The issue that I will be arguing about should Australia accept the Tampa Refugees?
In my essay I will give my reasons that . Brushing aside an offer from the newly-formed nation of East Timor, the UN high commissioner for refugees today urged Australia to take in the asylum seekers who are still sweltering on the.
Australia is not prepared to accept the more than men still on the island. Up to 1, refugees in PNG and Nauru could be accepted by the US under a resettlement deal, but America is not. The successive waves of immigrants coming to Australia after the abolition of the White Australia Policy have been mostly of peasant stock, from Europe, from Asia, and then from Africa and the Middle East.
Should Australia accept Tampa Refugees? Purpose: Persuasive/Argumentative The issue that I will be arguing about should Australia accept the Tampa Refugees?
In my essay I will give my reasons that why we should and shouldnt accept the Tampa refugees.