Asylum seekers

Transnational issues and approaches

Lecture 4 Monday January 24 2011 PEACE ST 2B03/LABR ST 2W03/WOMEN’S ST 2A03: Human Rights and Social Justice Dr Colin Salter, Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University


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People arriving by sea Australian approach and its influence The MV Sun Sea


The Tampa Crisis
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16 August 2001 International controversy



The Tampa Crisis
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16 August 2001 International controversy


We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.
John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia, 6 December 2001.




Some of them say 'I'm sorry, please I'm sorry". I say "No, no it's okay", they say "It's not okay! I'm sorry".
Farid Ahmed Abdullah, The 7:30 Report (2010)


Mv Sun Sea
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Initially headed for Australia Boarded off BC Coast, August 2010

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For Wednesday

Should the notion of border security drive policies towards those seeking asylum?


For Thursday

What are some of the ways in which, as a nation, Canada can approach the refugee issue?


Citations & further reading
Roger Annis (2010) ‘Canada adopts Australian anti-refugee policy’, Green Le Weekly, September 19. h p://www.greenle Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2010) ‘Long tough road to citizenship’, Report, June 3. Transcript available online h p:// e 7:30

Heather Johnson (2010) ‘Intercepting Boat Arrivals: What the Australian Policy Model Means for Canadian Asylum Policy’, Canada-Asia Agenda, December 9. h p://www.asiapaci Daniel Leblanc (2010) ‘PM takes hard line on Tamil migrants’, e Globe and Mail, August 17. h p:// awa-notebook/pmtakes-hard-line-on-tamil-migrants/article1676011/


Citations & further reading
David Marr (2006) ‘ e luck of the draw’, e Sydney Morning Herald, August 19. h p : / / w w w. s m h .c o m . a u / n e w s / n a t i o n a l / t h e - l u c k - o f - t h e - d r a w / 2006/08/18/1155408025317.html Peter Hartcher (2010) ‘A compassionate voice for asylum seekers: Chris Bowen has dumped the harsh rhetoric for a humane detention policy’ e Sydney Morning Herald, October 23. h p://


Image sources
Mike Konopacki. 2000. ‘If there was justice in the world‘, 2000 — ‘Human Rights Champions’, 2001 — ‘Which do you pet, which do you eat?‘ — Shane T. McCoy, ‘Detainees at Camp X-Ray’, 11 January 2002. Image in the domain image — http://


Video sources
Al Jazeera (2010) Australian elections: politicians play in immigration fears.Viewable online at


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