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Issue #1728      April 27, 2016


Using film propaganda to scare potential refugees is not new. Back in 2000, the Howard government commissioned a film which showed Australia as a dangerous land where you are very likely to be eaten, bitten or mauled by wild creatures. The Immigration Minister of the time, Philip Ruddock, seemed to be very enthusiastic about the film. However, it never deterred any refugees from trying to come to Australia. The latest production venture of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and a Sydney-based company Put It Out There Pictures is a telemovie by a self-described “propaganda merchant” Trudi-Ann Tierney which aims at discouraging people from seeking asylum in Australia. “The film aims to educate and inform audiences in source countries about the futility of investing in people smugglers, the perils of the trip and the hardline policies that await them if they do reach Australia,” says the Put It Out There website. The cost to taxpayers is almost $6 million. Once again, rather than focussing on efforts of peace-building and inclusion, the Australian government wastes taxpayers’ money on useless propaganda.

Closing the Gap was launched in 2008 as a measure to reduce Aboriginal disadvantage, particularly in health. However, the latest report last month showed that the country is not on track to close the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2030. The aid agency Save the Children is particularly concerned with the number of Indigenous young people in jails. Government data shows they are 26 times more likely to be incarcerated than non-Indigenous people. Save the Children’s director of policy and public affairs, Mat Tinkler, said that the situation was “a stain on our nation”. “The financial impact is also shocking,” he said. “It costs more than $1,300 per day to detain a young person, which means $236 million is spent each year on keeping Indigenous youth behind bars”. It clearly makes moral and financial sense to dramatically reduce the number of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders locked up in youth detention. We want to see taxpayer funds invested in programs that prevent youth offending and help Indigenous young people build brighter futures, not paying for prison cells,” Mr Tinkler stressed. In its budget submission to the Turnbull government, Save the Children has called for $300 million in funding to be channelled into Indigenous programs, particularly those that reduce the rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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