"Boat people” and borders: changing political debate on asylum seekers

Date 13:00 PM 29 August 2017 - 14:00 PM 29 August 2017
Location Room 920, Melbourne Law School 185 Pelham Street, Carlton

Presented by John van Kooy, Research Fellow, Work and Economic Security, Brotherhood of St Laurence


Language used by politicians to describe people seeking asylum can influence how they are viewed by the general public and how they are treated by federal policy. This seminar will present research on the use of the term "boat people” in the Australian parliament from 1977 to 2013.

Over time, parliamentary language on “boat people” has shifted from concerns with humanitarian aid towards a focus on border control. As the debates have changed, people seeking asylum have been increasingly represented as security threats to be controlled both within and outside Australia’s borders.

About the Refugees and Forced Migration Seminar Series

Across 2017, the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Researchers for Asylum Seekers (RAS) are partnering to present a fortnightly seminar series on topics related to forced migration, refugees and people seeking asylum.

Events are held between 1 pm and 2 pm on Tuesdays at Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton. All events are free and open to all. Bookings are not required. For further information email social-equity(at)unimelb.edu.au,/a>

Download a PDF flyer of the program or visit the Melbourne Social Equity Institute events page for further details.


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