C a s e 17.3 C17-03 One of the most discussed topics in the media and the Australian parliament…

C a s e 17.3

C17-03 One of the most discussed topics in
the media and the Australian parliament during October and November 2009 was
the Tamil and Afghan boat people (or the socalled asylum seekers). The
Australian community is very much divided on the issue. The then Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd described the government’s policy on border protection as ‘Hard on
people smugglers and humane on asylum seekers’. The Opposition claimed that the
government was too soft on the issue of asylum seekers. On the other hand, the
Greens, the unions and a number of humanitarian organisations did not agree
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C a s e 17.3

C17-03 One of the most discussed topics in
the media and the Australian parliament during October and November 2009 was
the Tamil and Afghan boat people (or the socalled asylum seekers). The
Australian community is very much divided on the issue. The then Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd described the government’s policy on border protection as ‘Hard on
people smugglers and humane on asylum seekers’. The Opposition claimed that the
government was too soft on the issue of asylum seekers. On the other hand, the
Greens, the unions and a number of humanitarian organisations did not agree
with the government’s claim of ‘humane on the asylum seekers’ and pleaded with
the government to consider the plight of these boat people, most of whom have
risked their lives in leaking boats to escape persecution in their home
country. In order to investigate the general Australian public’s view on the
Australian Government’s handling of the boat people issue, The Australian
newspaper’s Newspoll conducted a survey during 6–8 November 2009. The following
table was constructed (based on survey results and the participation of 1800
people). Using the data, analyse the relationship between opinion and gender,
opinion and age group and opinion and party affiliation.

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