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Stopping the boats: the media depiction of ‘Operation
(2018). Stopping the boats: the media
depiction of ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’. Paper presented at the 2018
Federation University HDR Conference Ballarat. Retrieved from www.scholaratlarge.com
Moral panic theory holds that when there is a heightened
campaign about a particular issue a crisis mentality develops where a scapegoat
is identified to channel public anxiety.‘Moral entrepreneurs’ of which the popular media are prominent achieve
this. Moral panics have been the hallmark of ‘law and order’ campaigns in state
politics in Australia for many decades. The polarizing nature of the issue of
asylum seekers, which has dominated federal politics in Australia since 2001,
poses the question of whether a ‘moral panic’ phenomena has developed.
This poster explores that issue by examining the media depiction
of the Abbott Government policy ‘Operational Sovereign Borders’ a military-led
taskforce to interdict boats carrying asylum seekers.
The poster undertakes this examination through an analysis
of cartoons in The Age (Fairfax
Media) and The Australian (NewsCorp).
Whilst the portrayals in both publications were satirical, The Age tended to be more critical whilst The Australian was supportive of the policy. The dominance of these
players in the media landscape and the detrimental effects a sustained moral
panic can have on political discourse makes this an important issue worthy of
Neither Principles nor Pragmatic: Australia’s four betrayals
of the East Timorese.
Box, M. (1997). Neither Principles nor Pragmatic:
Australia’s four betrayals of the East Timorese. Retrieved from www.scholaratlarge.com
Bachelor of Arts with Honours. La Trobe University, 1997.
“They are killing indiscriminately. Women and Children are
being shot in the streets. A lot of people have been killed. We are all going
to be killed. I repeat we are all going to be killed ... This is an appeal for
international help. We appeal to the Australian people. Please help us. Please.”
This was the first account Australians received of the Indonesian invasion of
the East Timor capital, Dili, received in Darwin by a ham radio operator on 7
This thesis examines Australian foreign policy towards East
Timor since 1975. It argues each of the four Governments since 1972 - the
administrations of Gough Whitlam, Malcom Fraser, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating – have
committed one major betrayal of the East Timorese people. In particular, the
thesis examines Canberra’s argument that recognition of Indonesian control of
East Timor was the only pragmatic response open, and the only way to preserve
Australia's ‘national interest.’
The thesis has three chapters:
·Chapter One charts events following Jakarta's
invasion up to 1984. It argues that during these years there were three
betrayals of the East Timorese people by the Whitlam, Fraser and Hawke Governments,
the primary reason being strategic Cold War considerations.
·Chapter Two explores the gains which Australia
received from supporting Jakarta in East Timor. It is argued that Indonesia
became increasingly central to the Government's attempt to re-focus Australia
as an Asia-oriented country in such initiatives as the Cambodian Peace Process,
APEC and the ASEAN Regional Forum.
·Chapter Three explores whether in foreign policy
a decision has to be made between principle and pragmatism. With the examples
of the Gulf War and Cambodian Peace Process it is argued that to further
national interests a blend of both pragmatism and principle need to be utalised
when formulating a successful response to a geopolitical issue.
It is concluded that Canberra's policy towards East Timor
has been a failure because they have taken a narrow interpretation of what is
pragmatic. As a result, East Timor has, and will continue to be, a constant
irritant in the relationship with Jakarta.
This thesis is based on research from a wide range sources.
·Primary sources included personal
correspondences, newspapers government publications, speeches and audio visual
Secondary sources included journal articles,
biographies, academic publications and foreign policy texts.
Martin Daly. 'PM washes blood from other hands,’ Age, 18 September 1993, p3