The polarisation of Australian opinion on the issue of asylum seekers has reached extraordinary levels. This is a result of the highly emotive nature of the issue, along with two other important factors: its successful securitisation, and high levels of confirmation bias on all sides.
The political elite, finding it easier to choose one side of the discursive war they are responsible for starting than attempting to end it, have pursued hardline policies. All perspective has been lost, and the punishment of asylum seekers for having the temerity to cling to hope in a hopeless situation has become acceptable.
The full article can be read in the AIIA Queensland’s November newsletter, page 11.