Australia Uses Harsh Graphic Novel To Ward Off Refugees

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Australia Uses Harsh Graphic Novel To Ward Off Refugees

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The government of Australia is using a rather horrific graphic novel to warn potential asylum-seekers that they are not welcome.

Australia's reputation as a place that doesn't care for immigrants who didn't get there at least 100 years ago has been bolstered by the recent release of a graphic novel aimed at potential asylum-seekers, warning them that the journey to the land down under is costly and perilous, and even if they do make it they'll be treated like crap once they get there.

The novel, originally published late last year, is almost entirely dialog-free but appears aimed primarily at Afghans. It begins with the tale of a young, presumably poor mechanic who's hornswoggled into paying big bucks to a human smuggler in order to gain entry into the promised land of Australia. But the reality of the journey turns out to be far worse than what was promised, and things only go downhill when the dangerously overloaded boat carrying the refugees is intercepted by an Australian warship.

This is the part of the comic that really floors me, because it very clearly indicates that refugee claimants will be treated like garbage by Australian authorities: flown to a remote island and forced to live in hot, crowded tents infested with biting insects, all under the watchful eye of intimidating, black-hatted guards. It's like a Jack Chick tract, except Hell is Australia - and believe it or not, it's an official Australian government publication, part of a campaign aimed at deterring asylum seekers called, "No way. They will not make Australia home."

Will it convince a few potential refugees to stay where they? Maybe - but it also shines a stark and very ugly light on Australia's immigration policies and its treatment of people fleeing horrific lives in other parts of the world. The Operation Sovereign Borders graphic novel can be read in full here.

Source: The Guardian

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Yeah we're a bunch of bastards when it comes to asylum seekers. I don't think its our job to give them citizenship or anything like that but you could keep them in better conditions, attempt some education while your at it perhaps.

Also interesting to note a fair amount of these asylum seekers already fled to indonesia and they just send them here and some of them are convicted criminals that can't go back home as they'll face punishment but were treating all of them like that for no good reason. It's a much smaller immigrant population then say the USA because of the difficulty to get here.

I think a 1st world nation with a very small population can handle a thousand immigrants a year coming from boat next to the hundreds of thousands coming from planes.

I like the drinky, fighty good times to be had australia not the racist/ censor anything australia..

In case anyone was wondering: No, this government does not represent the will of the Australian people. They are literally fascists.

Reading the actual site it seems to be fairly standard anti-illegal immigration policies aimed to stop human smuggling.

That being said, it is a rather silly graphic novel, I doubt many people in the position to try and immigrate illegally will actually read the thing. And even if they did I doubt it will dissuade them.

Andy Chalk:

Australia's reputation as a place that doesn't care for immigrants criminals who didn't get there at least 100 years ago

FTFY.

The sad part is as bad as the 'immigration camps' are they are probably better than where they came from.

That's quite the opinion piece right there.

I've read some things about this, but it seems nothing the Australian government has ever tried has really stopped people from trying to make it anyway on those deadly little boats. So I really get why they're fed up with it and try the radical approach.

...Why is this considered news on a gaming site? What because it's a 'graphic novel'? Bit of a stretch isn't it? =/

Shocksplicer:
In case anyone was wondering: No, this government does not represent the will of the Australian people. They are literally fascists.

Actually if you bothered to look at any polls, you'd find most people are happy with the way the government has handled the boats issue.

In contrast to how badly the previous government messed it up, it's not surprising, harsh though they may be.

ron1n:
...Why is this considered news on a gaming site? What because it's a 'graphic novel'? Bit of a stretch isn't it? =/

Shocksplicer:
In case anyone was wondering: No, this government does not represent the will of the Australian people. They are literally fascists.

Actually if you bothered to look at any polls, you'd find most people are happy with the way the government has handled the boats issue.

In contrast to how badly the previous government messed it up, it's not surprising, harsh though they may be.

Considering that no progress has been made in any way on the immigration issue, I find that very hard to believe.

But I'm surprised at this, unless they're loading C130's up and dumping them into Kabul en masse the kind of people who get to read this and the kind of people who probably should read this are unlikely to overlap. But then it does embody Aussie border paranoia quite well, even as a white Englishman with no criminal record (maybe that was the stumbling block) it was hard to get in there.

Ed130 The Vanguard:

Andy Chalk:

Australia's reputation as a place that doesn't care for immigrants criminals who didn't get there at least 100 years ago

FTFY.

The sad part is as bad as the 'immigration camps' are they are probably better than where they came from.

Refugees aren't criminals mate...

hello all , your token Australian here.

Where oh where to begin,

-We are a nation of about 25 million people that is about the same population as Texas.

-Our nation is currently in Roughly six hundred and fifty billion dollars of debt! (government did that in the last 6 years from a 20 mil surplus so holy feck)

-We suffer regular droughts and water supply's have in the past been a big issue even for our small population.

Thats to give you guys an idea of our position, now......

Andy Chalk:

Australia's reputation as a place that doesn't care for immigrants who didn't get there at least 100 years ago

Mr chalk before you critise our nation please look at your own

http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg531/AMIO/amio.asp

from said link.

As the primary maritime law enforcement agency, the Coast Guard is tasked with enforcing immigration law at sea. The Coast Guard conducts patrols and coordinates with other federal agencies and foreign countries to interdict undocumented migrants at sea, denying them entry via maritime routes to the U.S., its territories and possessions. Interdicting migrants at sea means they can be quickly returned to their countries of origin without the costly processes required if they successfully enter the United States. The Coast Guard supports the National Policy to promote safe, legal, and orderly migration.

THAT IS ALL WE ARE DOING!

I really like this idea.

Matter of fact: they are not welcome, and for good reasons. I have to bother with self delared refugees more than I want to. They're mostly flagrant, antisocial and criminal. And I know the SJW's are going to go apeshit on me once again, but let me ask you this: how many of you live near a refugee shelter, both legal and illegal?

I've learned that those who defend these fake refugees are either part of the radical left or have no contact to them at all. In fact the latter ones are mostly NIMBY's, I've seen those who demonstrate for more refugee rights go apeshit when plans to build shelters in their neighbourhood arise. They come up with creative reasons like "building it here could lead to increasing racism" or "I don't want them to sell drugs to my kids". But when it's about building said shelters in other places, they call everyone who objects a racist.

Real refugees don't threaten the society that takes them in and make demands every day. They don't commit crimes and destroy their shelters because they want free apartments either. They also don't destroy their vessels and take the crew of the ship that rescues them hostage because they don't wanna be taken to a safe but poor country.

The hordes that arrive at the shores of Europe and Australia are nothing but fortune hunters, criminals and outcasts. All they deserve is a good beating and a one-way ticket back home.

Ed130 The Vanguard:
The sad part is as bad as the 'immigration camps' are they are probably better than where they came from.

You'd be surprised.

Many of them are upper middle class in their homelands. They wear expensive clothes, have smartphones and are educated. Or do you think hordes of poor peasants can afford paying thousands of dollars for the trip? Many of them are so damn aggressive because they were promised an easy and pleasant life, and that's what they demand.

They know they can get a similiar life standard from european and australian welfare without needing to work, that's all they want. Hell, Syrian "refugees" left Turkey and went home when they were told they're not going to get free apartments and welfare money for the rest of their lifes.

Shocksplicer:
In case anyone was wondering: No, this government does not represent the will of the Australian people. They are literally fascists.

We are not all cunts with no souls, if you want to know who is, look at our dear PM and his "liberal" conservative party.
Mark my words, Australia will head into recession, all thanks to the heartless bastards on top.

Fucking hell, I hate conservative policy.

Evil Smurf:
We are not all cunts with no souls, if you want to know who is, look at our dear PM and his "liberal" conservative party.
Mark my words, Australia will head into recession, all thanks to the heartless bastards on top.

Fucking hell, I hate conservative policy.

Well, if we do it might be because of that 6 year period of Labor and their back stabby leap frog approach in how to deal with popularity instead of thinking about how best to govern. I agree Abbott has said some things that are less than agreeable, but I still trust this party far more than the last.

T3nno:

Shocksplicer:
In case anyone was wondering: No, this government does not represent the will of the Australian people. They are literally fascists.

i really hope this is a troll, no one could be this ignorant or offensive in one sentence otherwise

In a thread featuring people saying that they want refugees to be treated more harshly , I'M the one being offensive? Interesting attempt at logic there mate...

T3nno:

Shocksplicer:
In case anyone was wondering: No, this government does not represent the will of the Australian people. They are literally fascists.

i really hope this is a troll, no one could be this ignorant or offensive in one sentence otherwise

You have obviously never spoken to a member of the Australian greens party on sompthing you disagree about.

"And I still caaaaall Australiaaaaa mine-and-no-dirty-arabs-or-asians-allowed". (Satirized version of our national anthem (mods don't hit me it's a joke)) Love this country. We're quite honestly going down the shitter.
It's like we elected our own version of George Bush, but we don't have quite enough military strength to get across the sea so we're fucking up our own country instead.

Captcha: you are here
Don't mock me.

Shocksplicer:

Ed130 The Vanguard:

Andy Chalk:

Australia's reputation as a place that doesn't care for immigrants criminals who didn't get there at least 100 years ago

FTFY.

The sad part is as bad as the 'immigration camps' are they are probably better than where they came from.

Refugees aren't criminals mate...

Technically traveling without papers or visas is considered illegal, its just that asylum seekers are protected by various UN charters protecting them from prosecution if their reasons for defying the law are just ie: homeland is a warzone, extreme discrimination etc.

T3nno:

Shocksplicer:

T3nno:

i really hope this is a troll, no one could be this ignorant or offensive in one sentence otherwise

In a thread featuring people saying that they want refugees to be treated more harshly , I'M the one being offensive? Interesting attempt at logic there mate...

yes, to call Australia "fascist" is spitting on all those who have died under real fascist governments, are you really equating yourself to some one who lived and died under Stalin or Hitler? are you typing this from a computer in a concentration camp? no you sit in a free first world nation screaming "fascism" at the top of your lungs like a petulant child, please leave my country you today tonight watching Bogan arse hole

Okay, first of all, I never called Australia fascist. I called the Liberal Party fascist. If you'd care to look at the actions typical of a fascist government and compare them to our government you'll find some unsettling parallels.

Second, read the forum rules before you start screaming unsubstantiated insults at strangers.

Ah yes, because all 1st world countrys should take every refugee/illegal alien, and give them free health care, and a good job, and we should also bend over backwards to make sure that they feel welcome, accepting their culture and traditions, while watering down, or even flat out flushing our own if they might offend.

What the hell is going on here? where does all this privilege blindness and xenophobia come from?

T3nno:

Shocksplicer:

T3nno:

yes, to call Australia "fascist" is spitting on all those who have died under real fascist governments, are you really equating yourself to some one who lived and died under Stalin or Hitler? are you typing this from a computer in a concentration camp? no you sit in a free first world nation screaming "fascism" at the top of your lungs like a petulant child, please leave my country you today tonight watching Bogan arse hole

Okay, first of all, I never called Australia fascist. I called the Liberal Party fascist. If you'd care to look at the actions typical of a fascist government and compare them to our government you'll find some unsettling parallels.

Second, read the forum rules before you start screaming unsubstantiated insults at strangers.

elaborate, point out these imagined parallels between Nazi Germany and the liberal party (you would have an easer time trying to make the connections between fascism and the labour party all due to senator Conroy) and you did call Australia fascist by calling the liberal government fascist as they are the currently elected heads of this country, don't try and back pedal just because you have been shown as an insensitive prick on the same lvl as a holocaust denier

Holy shit, what is WRONG with you???
I'm not going to bother continue this argument, because you're clearly a bit unhinged, and you resorted to Nazi analogies almost immediately. You claim that being unhappy with ones government is akin to being a holocaust denier?
You want Refugees to be treated as if they are inhuman, but I'M the insensitive one?
Screw this, it's not worth discussing politics with people like you.
My only solace is the fact that, with your insulting, offensive and downright despicable comments you won't be posting on this site for much longer.
Good day.

ron1n:
...Why is this considered news on a gaming site? What because it's a 'graphic novel'? Bit of a stretch isn't it? =/

Because there aren't enough things to say about Notch I guess. Probably the tenuous link to graphic novels though.

All Australia has to do to stop people going there is to point out that literally everything there wants to kill you and most of them will do it slowly and painfully. Plus videogames are really expensive.

Whatever your thoughts on immigration in general, only a complete cunt would consider the way Australia handles the detention and eventual deportation of illegal immigrants remotely humane or acceptable. Here's another comic based on the account of someone who worked in an Australian detention center.

FogHornG36:
Ah yes, because all 1st world countrys should take every refugee/illegal alien, and give them free health care, and a good job, and we should also bend over backwards to make sure that they feel welcome, accepting their culture and traditions, while watering down, or even flat out flushing our own if they might offend.

According to leftwing liberals, that's exactly what we're supposed to do.

Here's a fun little story: there's a part of Berlin called Kreuzberg. Said part of the city is a stronghold of the radical left. It has debts up the ass and is a paradise for criminals, mostly because a large part of its population consists of Turks, Arabs and gypsies. It's also a popular place to dump people who request asylum.

There's a former school where refugees, homeless and punks squat.

Now you could say "well, better squatting in an abandoned building than taking space in an expensive shelter, right?", but guess what: wrong. Because the local government consists out of socialists and greens, the squatters get free electricity, free water, free heat, free supplies and free social workers. They also get private security for 30.000€ a month because they're afraid that the citizens could have enough some day because it's also a hub for drugs, prostitution, trade of stolen goods and other stuff. The police shows up several times daily because they murder and rape each other, social workers and visitors, not to forget people outside, yet they hardly ever get arrested and stay in custody for more than a night.

You know what the funny thing is? The school was still active shortly before the squatters moved in. It had to be closed down because the money didn't even suffice to hire a janitor. And now that it's a hive for criminals and antisocials, it not only gets more money than the school ever did, nobody seems to bother about the lost rent either. We're talking about more than 160.000€ a year in rent here, not to mention the outragous costs for security and electricity.

There's also an illegal camp on the Oranienburger Platz. Self declared refugees try to blackmail the immigration office by camping outside, doing hunger strikes, kill themselves and so on unless they get recognized as refugees and get free apartments rather than a room in a shelter immediately. And because the leftwing extremists threaten to riot, nobody has the balls to put an end to this. Instead fools show up and bring them food, clothes, sleeping bags and so on. In return they get robbed, raped and beaten up. At least these naive morons get what they deserve.

So, who on earth would expect the people who have to pay for this vermin with their tax money and live next to them to approve of even more poverty migration and even less restrictions for them?

The Wooster:
Whatever your thoughts on immigration in general, only a complete cunt would consider the way Australia handles the detention and eventual deportation of illegal immigrants remotely humane or acceptable. Here's another comic based on the account of someone who worked in an Australian detention center.

I got warnings for way less than that.

ron1n:
...Why is this considered news on a gaming site? What because it's a 'graphic novel'? Bit of a stretch isn't it? =/

Because with the standard 'nothing gets released around this time' combined with the 'next generation' of consoles meaning that games that would normally get released being delayed to get them to work on the new tech there is a dearth of news about videogames.

On the bright side once the PS4 and Xbone hit their stride this problem will fade.

T3nno:

Shocksplicer:

T3nno:

elaborate, point out these imagined parallels between Nazi Germany and the liberal party (you would have an easer time trying to make the connections between fascism and the labour party all due to senator Conroy) and you did call Australia fascist by calling the liberal government fascist as they are the currently elected heads of this country, don't try and back pedal just because you have been shown as an insensitive prick on the same lvl as a holocaust denier

Holy shit, what is WRONG with you???
I'm not going to bother continue this argument, because you're clearly a bit unhinged, and you resorted to Nazi analogies almost immediately. You claim that being unhappy with ones government is akin to being a holocaust denier?
You want Refugees to be treated as if they are inhuman, but I'M the insensitive one?
Screw this, it's not worth discussing politics with people like you.
My only solace is the fact that, with your insulting, offensive and downright despicable comments you won't be posting on this site for much longer.
Good day.

nice straw man you built there, i like how because i wont abide your ignorance i must be an Abbot supporter and anti immigration, here is a news flash for ya kid, the internet is not your personal echo chamber. and you are the one who brought up Nazis when you said that Australia was "literally fascist"

and if the mods want to ban me then fine, i take responsibility for what i put out on the internet, unlike you who only knows how to back pedal and denie the very things you yourself typed

I've yet to deny or backpedal on anything. Interesting that you falsely accuse me of using a straw man while creating one of your own.

And there's a pretty big difference between calling the Liberals fascist and comparing me to a holocaust denier.
Also, don't call me kid, judging by your posts in guessing you're about 12 years old.

The Wooster:
Whatever your thoughts on immigration in general, only a complete cunt would consider the way Australia handles the detention and eventual deportation of illegal immigrants remotely humane or acceptable. Here's another comic based on the account of someone who worked in an Australian detention center.

Don't even try arguing with someone who thinks our refugee handling is anything other than fair and warranted. As this very thread demonstrates, you'll swiftly be drowned in straw-men, usually along the lines of 'so you want us to let everyone in and give them a free house and job'.

I don't know about this comic or what the people here are saying but I do support what the current government is doing. They tow the refugees back to Indonesia. Under the previous government most refugees died at sea, but under the current government we have had less problems with it. I'll probably harassed due to my opinions, but I'd like to remind you that it's still harder to get into the US then Australia.

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