Media Circus: It is not illegal to seek asylum edition

SMH: Minister wants boat people called illegals:

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has instructed departmental and detention centre staff to publicly refer to asylum seekers as “illegal” arrivals and as “detainees”, rather than as clients.

The directive has been criticised as a “profound” shift by a leading asylum seeker agency, which says the new terminology is designed to dehumanise people.

Disgusting and shameful, but hardly unexpected from this government.

What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?


As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).



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9 replies

  1. Please let the SMH and others start referring to the government as incompetants or somesuch. “The Incompetant for Immigration announced…” would make a much better headline.
    I fear that a change in legislation is only a metter of time. Perhaps by “harmonising” our policies with the US or China? But that will have to wait until parliament actually sits, and probably until next year when the other coalition has the numbers to actually pass contentious legislation. I wonder what they will call the coalition that includes the Coalition? Somehow I can’t see Tony standing up and calling it a minority government…

  2. And let’s not forget that the Abbott government has done absolutely nothing about the oh so terribly urgent “budget emergency” that they campaigned so hard on.

    If there were a budget emergency, Treasurer Joe Hockey and the Government would have acted with the same speed on spending and revenue measures as they have shown over abolishing the carbon price and implementing their boats policy.

  3. I rather liked The Roast’s take the recent change in language to do with asylum seekers. The episode (139) can be viewed here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/theroast/episodes/

  4. I’m glad to see that AbbottPM is taking some heat for his grandstanding photo-op day out with the fireys. Once upon a time his RFS volunteering may have actually been useful, but in the years since he became a front-bencher I’m sure the concern of having to keep him and the attendant journos out of harm’s way more than negates any actual fire-fighting contribution he’s made for the last decade at least.

  5. The Great British Bake Off: why did our show attract so much vitriol?

    A finalist in the TV baking show takes aim at the response of angry commentators on social media and in the press

  6. Van Badham in The Guardian: Bushfires and the burning desire to cut public services

    Those insisting that discussion of the present catastrophe engulfing New South Wales not “be politicised” are endangering our communities by silencing criticism of the creep towards user-pays that the free-marketeers of Liberal Party are enforcing on Australians at a state and federal level.

  7. The Great British Bake Off: why did our show attract so much vitriol?
    Her article makes me wish I’d seen the show.

  8. (Content note: paedophilia, rape, rape culture, “helpless adult men seduced by minor girls” narratives, legal ramifications of same)
    Not sure if this is the right place to link it, but Ruby Hamad is fighting the good fight against the media’s ‘watering down’ of a prospective rapist’s actions against a child and the “Lolita Myth”:
    http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/our-willingness-to-accept-the-lolita-myth-20131101-2wpre.html

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