From “Queue Jumpers” to “Absolute Scum of the Earth”: Refugee and Organised Criminal Deviance in Australian Asylum Policy

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Type
Journal Article

Author
Matthew Cameron

URL
http://ift.tt/2d7uosw

Volume
59

Issue
2

Pages
241-259

Publication
Australian Journal of Politics & History

ISSN
1467-8497

Date
June 1, 2013

DOI
10.1111/ajph.12014

Accessed
2016-09-20 05:45:19

Library Catalog
Wiley Online Library

Language
en

Abstract
The arrival of asylum seekers by boat in Australia is no longer represented as a threat by the Australian government because of characteristics of asylum seekers themselves, but is instead predominantly represented as threatening because of the involvement of transnational organised crime in the form of people smugglers. This progression, which is demonstrated by comparison of the approach of the Howard coalition government with that of the Rudd and Gillard Labor governments, is best understood by reference to conventional understandings of organised crime and irregular migration, and critical accounts of both phenomena. Understood in this way, organised crime and people-smuggling discourses serve to externalise the asylum seeker “problem” and maintain punitive policies, inhibiting the development of effective regional responses to the issue.

Short Title
From “Queue Jumpers” to “Absolute Scum of the Earth”

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