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Australia’s miserable response to people seeking asylum on its shore

15/08/2012

Why are so many people willing to accept at face value an agenda that portrays asylum seekers in such a negative light.

Australians are, in fact, fed a pack of lies by politicians and the media about the arrival of asylum seekers on its shore. The majority don’t have a clue about what is happening. They are unaware that Australia is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and it’s 1967 Protocol. These documents define who is a refugee, what their rights are, and the legal obligations of Australia, in this instance, toward asylum seekers. Australians generally remain confused or ignorant thanks to duplicitous politicians and the corporate media. Remember: propaganda for the masses has to be simple, and appeal to the emotions. To maintain its simplicity, it has to put over just a few main points, which are endlessly repeated.

Australia’s media is controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and John Fairfax Holdings. These corporations along with West Australian Newspapers and the Harris Group together create Australian Associated Press which distributes the news and sells it to other outlets such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). These few omnipresent entities hold as paramount the belief in assuring for themselves perpetual loyalty from as many Australians as possible. Revenue and profit, corporate growth and power, executive pay and ego, these are all determined by us, the Australian consuming public, and explains why the oligarchy invests and takes an interest in all forms of media that reaches and influences us down under.

The public cannot know the reality. They will not be allowed to know. They must be kept in fear and in the dark and deceived by politicians and the media that churn out increasingly tired-sounding clichés about border control, queue jumpers, terrorists, illegal immigrants, people smugglers to justify an inhumane response and ensure their success at the ballot box.

Too many Australians accept these lies. Giving Australian people the opportunity to vote every four or five years, while in the meantime deceiving, misinforming and lying to them, has no more to do with democracy or freedom than what is happening to asylum seekers right now. We have been deliberately indoctrinated into the belief that voting is the same thing as liberty.

If ordinary Australians were to turn their attention away from glossy sports events, cheap knockabout television political debate shows or other forms of comatosing infotainment for one minute, they might well realise that the elites that dictate national asylum seeker deterrence policy are little better and in many cases a good deal worse than any number of the regimes they seek to demonise.

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