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In clip 9, Dr Dave Corlett brings the group together for their final reviews on what he calls “a bold and challenging refugee journey”. During their conversation the group outlines their experiences and purports each participant’s concluding comments and opinions.
Attitudes, Ethics and Citizenship
Dr Corlett asks the participants ‘where they are at’ after the experiences of Go Back to Where You Came From. Where are you at after watching the series? Have your beliefs changed, or been confirmed?
‘Boat people’, ‘queue jumpers’, ‘illegals’ are all terms commonly used to describe refugees and asylum seekers. In her closing statement, Catherine highlights the importance of changing the language around asylum seekers.
a. Do you think these labels are useful or accurate? Why, or why not?
b. How does it make you feel when people use these terms?
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the closing statements made by the participants? How do their statements make you feel?
Democracy, Duty and National Values
At the end of her experience, Imogen is committed to learning more so she can make a difference. She believes there is more information out there than just what is learned through the media. At the end of each worksheet, we have provided you with useful links where you can find more information on a particular topic. Compile a list of resources that could help people engage more meaningfully in the asylum seeker debate.
Participant Peter states that an understanding of people should be at the heart of all our policies.
a. Do you think this rings true of Australia’s policies towards asylum seekers? Why, or why not?
b. Choose one of Australia’s policies that relate to asylum seekers. Explain how this policy could be made more ‘people friendly’.
The ‘Malaysia solution’ was one policy canvassed by the government to deal with Australia’s growing number of asylum seeker arrivals, but Australia’s High Court ruled that that the policy was unlawful. Read the following statement by the Refugee Council of Australia and outline why the council believes it was not a valid solution.
YOUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY
Human Rights, World Issues and Responsibilities
The participants all believe that something needs to be done to reduce the number of people arriving on Australian shores. However, the situation is very complex and finding the right answer is a challenge. Watch the clip carefully and makes notes about what each participant says. From their comments, write a conclusion about an idea for a possible approach to reducing asylum seekers arriving by boat to Australia.
The Refugee Council of Australia recognises that non-government organisations (NGOs) play an important role in assisting refugees and IDPs in their resettlement. Investigate the role of Australian NGOs. Select one NGO and write a 200-word report on how it operates and what it hopes to achieve.
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is calling for a regional solution to the Asia-Pacific refugee problem that will help reduce the number of boat people seeking asylum in Australia. Read the article JRS calls for regional solution to refugee crisis. What is the meaning of regional solution? In regard to Australia, which region/s are of concern? Write three points from the article that JRS suggests might be able to help alleviate the situation.
On its website the UNHCR explains ‘What it takes to do the job’. The Global Needs Assessment identifies the needs of the world’s refugees in terms of measures that are needed for improvement, better protection, and improved prevention of sexual abuse and violence. Find the listed information on the webpage and write a
paragraph on each, including all bulleted points.
The language we use to talk about refugees and asylum seekers Australia’s asylum seeker policy The asylum seeker debate and the media The Malaysia solution