New Asylum Seeker Campaign ‘Distasteful’ and ‘Embarrassing’

Sarah Whyte, Sydney Morning Herald, February 12, 2014

Would-be asylum seekers have been warned off making the journey to Australia by boat in graphic new slogans and a cartoon strip on two websites administered by the Immigration Minister.

Human rights activists have slammed the latest campaign as being distasteful and embarrassing to Australia.

”NO WAY” the slogan says on the freshly updated Department of Immigration site. ”They will not make Australia home”. The move is the latest element to the Coalition’s hardline asylum seeker policy.

Late last year, Customs also released a graphic 18-page cartoon strip, warning asylum seekers on its website of the dangers of travelling overseas, showing one Afghan man being attacked by mosquitoes in a detention camp.

It warns asylum seekers in the Afghan languages of Dari and Pashto that people will not be given entry into Australia if they go via boat without a visa.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the ”targeted campaign”, which also says ”Don’t waste your money–people smugglers are lying”, had gone live this week.

”This will complement the offshore communications campaign about the government’s strong border protection policies which comprises the overwhelming allocation of resources in which messaging is delivered directly through transit and source countries,” a spokesman for the minister said.

The spokesman said the campaigns would not be aired or shown on mainstream media, unlike the advertisements that were shown late last year by the Labor government across national media platforms.

The Customs cartoon strip was originally developed and distributed offshore under the previous government, a spokesman for Mr Morrison said.

”It has been part of offshore anti-people smuggling communications campaigns. It has also been distributed in the period since the federal election.

”It has been on the Customs website since last year.”

But refugee groups and human rights advocates have slammed the low-key campaigns.

”This document is in incredibly poor taste,” Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

”The fact that it came from the Australian government is a disappointing indictment on our once generous nation, which helped to draft the Refugee Convention.

”When did the lucky country, the country of the fair go, become the country that threatens to break people’s spirits, including children, by locking them up on remote Pacific islands?”

Human rights advocate Jarrod McKenna described the advertisements as ”horrific”.


A snapshot from the advertisement.

”Instead of saying “no way” we must provide “safe ways” for people to seek asylum without risking their lives or being imprisoned for trying. Compassion must make a way,” he said.

The Australian Director of Human Rights Watch, Elaine Pearson, said the campaign was unlikely to work and should have given more practical information about how and where people should safely claim asylum.

”The ‘No Way’ campaign seems to be more of a rant geared to a domestic audience for political reasons to reinforce the government’s hardline approach to deterring migration,” Ms Pearson said.

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  • NeanderthalDNA

    “Human rights activists have slammed the latest campaign as being distasteful and embarrassing to Australia.”

    I got an idea…deport the “human rights activists” to the hellholes they love more than their own country so they can fix all the problems at the root and replace them with Afrikaaners!

    Win-win, baby!

    Hold fast, Australia!

    Can American Whites apply for asylum there? We sure need it…

    • 1stworlder

      Muslims will bypass 40 closer muslim nations in order to get to a white nation where they will not have to work to eat.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Why must we always show compassion for these foreign invaders? What about compassion for native white Australians who have had their culture and livelihood destroyed by massive 3rd world immigration? Pathological altruism and ethnomasochism will be the downfall of the west.

  • Spartacus

    ”This document is in incredibly poor taste,” Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.”


    Notice how the “Greens” never seem to talk much about the environment that they claim to have as their main concern, and instead concern themselves with things like this… Could it be because they never actually cared about the environment in the first place ? That it’s just another front for marxism ?

    • NeanderthalDNA

      “Greens” are naught more than eco-reds in my opinion. Effete, histrionic, self hating mischief for mischief’s sake makers.
      I got something for those slimy traitors…
      Chop chop!

    • It is my opinion that there are very few genuine environmentalists, in the true sense of the word.

      Environmentalism is often a front for other agenda. The “green on the outside red on the inside” axiom that you allude to is one angle.

      But another angle is that environmentalism is the excuse that white liberals scared of their own racial shadow trot out to oppose things to make their own neighborhoods and cities more vibrant. Because they’re too scared to cite race openly. Why? Because they’re opposed to racism.

      A few months ago, I saw a story that there is a planned light rail line in the Maryland suburbs that would have one end in heavily black Prince Georges County and the other end in mostly white Montgomery County.

      But what’s derailing the whole thing? Well, as luck would have it, the path of the line runs over the habitat of an endangered shrimp.

      What’s the moral of this story? You resist the black and brown undertows not by being so racist as to say so openly. You do so by saving the environment, by CYA with a shrimp.

      • Brian

        Pretty clever, as a tactical dodge. Of course, in a sane country, it wouldn’t be necessary. But you do what you can. Next time they try to pull some diversity-dumping near me, I’m going to find a snail darter, spotted owl, or something. Little critters deserve some consideration too! (Except for the snowy owl– he’s a racist jerk).

    • 1stworlder

      Considering most of California’s environmental problems would go away if not for 20 million illegals, you would think greens would be for sealing the border.

    • Brian

      Bill McKibben, enviro-professor, was asked about this– won’t the horde of mestizo immigrants to the US adopt American lifestyles, air conditioning and SUVs and such, and cause much more environmental damage? His response?

      “But immigrants, by definition, are full of hope. They’ve come to a new
      place determined to make a new life, risking much for opportunity.
      They’re confident that new kinds of prosperity are possible. The future
      beckons them, and so changes of the kind we’ll need to deal with climate
      change are easier to conceive.”

      Sure, Bill, these hopey-changey mestizo corn-pluckers are just dying to get their electric cars and start recycling!

      Did I mention that Bill works at Middlebury College, VT, and lives in a neighborhood that’s almost 100% white? That’s how you know he REALLY CARES about Diversity.

  • MekongDelta69

    You’ll never see ‘Human rights [sic] activists’ rushing off to live in a mud hut in Zimbabwe.

    They just want to make YOUR house worth about as much as a mud hut in Zimbabwe.

  • jackryanvb

    “The Australian Director of Human Rights Watch, Elaine Pearson”

    Can we solid contributions to fund Ms Elaine Peterson to travel to the New South Africa so she can experience the exact same fate as Amy Biehl, in the exact same spot where Amy Biehl was murdered?

  • BonV.Vant

    The campaign is wonderful, it is strong, it is nationalistic, it is intrinsically “MALE”. Notice how the voices that decry it are female.

  • LHathaway

    Wonder what ‘human rights’ activists have to say about members of the white race being replaced in places like Australia? Wonder if that will give Australia a black eye?

  • Michiganman6

    I think the flood of third worlders coming into the first world is a direct result of first worlders FEEDING the third worlders over the past 50 years. As harsh as is sounds, stop feeding them and let nature takes it course!

    • 1stworlder

      that and sending meds. We send meds and food to Africa only to get blacks & drug resistant diseases in return. Sending food/medication to Africa might have been the cause of AIDS, if they had to scrounge for food they wouldn’t have time to have sex with SIV+ monkeys.

      • Brian

        The only thing I’m interested in sending to Africa is grenades and condoms.

  • bigone4u

    “Compassion must make a way”
    Sorry dude, all out of compassion. Had a bellyful of compassion from a “compassionate conservative.” And while we’re talking, explain to me again how it’s compassionate to bring stone age morons into an advanced civilization and expect them to be anything but resentful.

  • The Final Solution

    The Sydney Morning Herald is no better than a roll of used toilet paper. There’s nothing “fair go” about it unless you’re talking about invaders having a go at all the freeloading they can get. It’s anyone’s guess how that is “fair” to people born in Australia. This is a good start but they need to get control of their legal Asian immigration problem if they ever want to remain Aussie.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Thanks. Why did Mel ever leave?

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    “Instead of saying “no way” we must provide “safe ways” for people to seek asylum without risking their lives or being imprisoned for trying.”

    But why? Why must we, white nations, always be the ones to provide these “safe ways” for “asylees” to enter our countries? Why can’t they ever “seek asylum” in one of the countries run by members of their own race and/or religion? Most of these people are Muslims, so why can’t they seek asylum in some of the rich Muslim nations, such as Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates?

    I wonder if any of these idiots who think it’s so “horrific” for Australia to protect its own borders have ever considered this. Probably not.

    • 1stworlder

      They bypass 40+ closer muslim nations because they would have to work to eat there.

    • The Final Solution

      The Jews. That’s why.

    • SoulInvictus

      Because, because…

      Now let a Somali sleep on your kid’s bunk bed you selfish racist.


    Well good for you Australia. You do not owe these people a God damn thing. Nothing! Now if only a little bit of that Australian sanity could rub off on America. Here in the US we are busy importing poverty by the millions at break neck speed. While simultaneously both, belly aching about income inequality, and conducting a supposed “War On Poverty” for the last fifty years. Can you imagine conducting a war where the Commanders insist on actively recruiting soldiers to replenish the enemies ranks? Welcome to America!

  • Arnold Schwartz

    Anyone notice the poster has a white Australia?

  • dd121

    It’s because butterfly-kissers also happen to be liberals.

  • MBlanc46

    Signs and cartoons are fine as far as they go. I hope that the Australians are also patrolling their territorial waters to make sure that the illegals don’t set foot in Australia.

  • PvtCharlieSlate

    Of course they care. They’re even thrilled. It’s all natural and organic and recyclable and from a (maybe) sustainable source.

  • Long Live Dixie

    Human rights activists have slammed the latest campaign as being distasteful and embarrassing to Australia.

    It’s too bad the “human rights activists” think national survival is less important that avoiding embarrassment.

  • William Allingham

    compassion must make a way? are you serious? the reason why these people are going to Australia is because their deeply rooted cultures lack anything similar to compassion so this activists are advocating for replacing local compassion with foreign bigotry (and low IQ).

    you know, I believe most liberal activist are psychological damaged people who feel so dirty inside that they unconscious want to punish themselves and wash their guilt through stupid policies that will destroy everything beautiful. what fault do the rest of us, hard working people have for their hang ups and disturbances?

  • Brian

    Yes, this is distasteful and embarrassing, or what I would call ‘a good start’. They should do more of it.

  • NotTooSwift

    Back in the 1960’s, the story going around was that Australia was seeking immigrants who were experienced tradesman from the construction industry. The word was that the Aussie government would pay your way over and provide other benefits, such as housing and a lump sum payment. One requirement was that you must be White.

    Can anyone verify this? If I had known then what I know now, I would be talking funny and wearing cool hats. Darn!

    • Katherine McChesney

      I remember this. My father spoke to my family about moving to Australia. The main requirement was that the applicant be able to contribute useful skills and have no criminal record.

  • WR_the_realist

    What I find distasteful and embarrassing is how long its taken any majority white nation to wake up to the consequences of its immigration policies. If Australia is starting to wake up that can only be a good thing.

  • Truth Teller

    I was in college in the 60’s. Australia was recruiting skilled people. I heard Australia was recruiting women with BAs to be teachers because Australian men of all occupations made such high wages the wives had to work so there was a continuing need for new teachers to replace those who got married. I also heard Australia was recruiting nurses and construction workers.

  • Truth Teller

    A Soros front man basically purchased the Sierra Club for a multi million dollar donation. They are still against building new homes however.