The Australian Government generates and supports a public attitude towards asylum seekers as an existential threat to national sovereignty, in order to secure their power over the nation and its cultural norms and social structures. This is executed at the expense of humanitarianism and the rights of asylum seekers. The 'Tampa Crisis ' is the most prominent and influential example of this, due to the timing of the incident coinciding with the start of Howard 's election campaign, a...
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...dy, even the individuals that came to Australia through legitimate measures of the UNHCR resettlement program. Asylum seekers are perceived to be of non-White ethnicity in the public eye, and their social exclusion and discrimination is an indication of the strict nationalistic ideals of the country. Australia has 50,000 over stayers of European descent that receive almost no media attention, yet the small target group of the 'Tampa crisis ' had excessive media coverage as well as large expenditure. Returning to the state 's labelling in the media, Duncan Kerr constitutes the states application of the stereotype ‘criminal’ to all asylum seekers as a racist generalisation that devalues asylum seekers in society (Every & Augoustinos, 2014).These examples reveal the use of nationalism and security to justify racism against asylum seekers in Australia (Devetak, 2004).
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