Wednesday, October 03, 2007
African Ban Is another Tampa
The Australian federal government and Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews have made the controversial decision to ban the intake of African refugees. The government claims African immigrants, especially Sudanese immigrants, do not integrate efficiently. Critics say the government is reacting for election points, attempting to appeal to xenophobic voters wary of immigration. This is a clear case of the Howard government creating a Tampa situation without the existence of a boat full of immigrants. The Tampa situation is what many say saved John Howard in the 2001 election. The Howard governments opinion rating is low, the banning of African refugees is a clear sign of desperation to improve the government’s public standing among certain voters. As the election draws near, the government seems to be getting more desperate.