An asylum seeker boat breaks up off the coast of Christmas Island, before the government stopped the practice by systematically sending the asylum seekers back in safe lifeboats (in 2014.) The people smugglers gave up.
The Australian government is to spend 4 million Australian dollars ($3.1 million) of taxpayers’ money on a TV movie to deter asylum seekers, local media reported Friday.
The initiative, which will see the film screened on televisions in conflict zones such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, was denounced as “propaganda” by opponents.
Referring to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the movie was “more Abbott government propaganda” and a “shameless abuse of taxpayer funds.”
Refugee Council of Australia President Phil Glendenning told The Anadolu Agency he doubted the drama-documentary would have any impact on potential asylum seekers, describing it as a “further example of the government trying to appeal to Australian voters”…
Trying to appeal to voters? They should be doing just that. But that doesn’t fit the Muslim agenda of expanding to cover the whole world.