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Immigration Minister Scott Morrison defends the term

October 2013, 22
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While speaking at the United Nations convention, the Australian immigration Minister Scott Morrison defended the use of the term "illegal arrivals" to describe asylum seekers, saying he is "calling a spade a spade".

 

Scott Marrison

According to him, he’s not going to apologise for the terms he has delivered on refugees. He said firmly, "I'm not going to make any apologies for not using politically correct language to describe something that I'm trying to stop. Let me be clear. I'm trying to stop people illegally entering Australia by boat. That's our objective. I've never claimed that it's illegal to claim asylum. That's not what the term refers to. It refers to their mode of entry and so I'm going to call a spade a spade."
 
Mr. Morrison also expressed in a statement that the term “detainees” for the asylum seekers, he had intentionally espoused it. According to the critics, such kind of terms or languages can demonise refugees to go against the Australian rules. Labor's new immigration spokesman, Richard Marles, is concerned about the change in language.
 
He said, "This is language being used for a political purpose here in Australia. It clouds the debate and it acts to work against trying to achieve bipartisanship in the area of immigration policy."
 
Critics from various divisions argued and debated in the same term “illegal arrivals” and also on the defending words by the immigration minister Scott Morris. According to the Canon of St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne, Stephen Ames, told PM, "It's not calling a spade a spade."  It is misrepresenting the state of people who are fleeing for their lives, and to call them illegal and to perpetuate that and other dehumanising kind of labels, just doesn't acknowledge their situation.
 
He said that it can create a toxic atmosphere in Australia referring to the terms. It heightens fear and suspicion.
 

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