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Deterring the ‘Boat People’: Explaining the Australian Government's People Swap Response to Asylum Seekers


Jaffa McKenzie


University of Melbourne

Reza Hasmath


University of Oxford

2013

Australian Journal of Political Science 48(4): 417-430

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This article examines why Australia has taken a tough stance on ‘boat people’, through an analysis of the Malaysian People Swap response. The findings support the view that Australia’s asylum seeker policy agenda is driven by populism, wedge politics and a culture of control. The article further argues that these political pressures, in sum, hold numerous negative implications for the tone of Australia’s political debate, the quality of policy formulation, as well as for asylum seekers and refugees themselves.

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Keywords: Australia, asylum seekers, People Swap

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Date posted: April 9, 2013 ; Last revised: December 12, 2013

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McKenzie, Jaffa and Hasmath, Reza, Deterring the ‘Boat People’: Explaining the Australian Government's People Swap Response to Asylum Seekers (2013). Australian Journal of Political Science 48(4): 417-430. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2247142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2247142

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Jaffa McKenzie
University of Melbourne ( email )
Melbourne, Victoria 3010
Australia
Reza Hasmath (Contact Author)
University of Oxford ( email )
Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom
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