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I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. DeGaulle
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Cognitive dissonance and sunk cost: the psychology of seeking asylum

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'With its revamped Pacific Solution, the Australian government has decided to make the choice to take a boat to Australia more horrendous in its implications, by increasing the likelihood of disasters at sea, and then punishing those who manage to survive the crossing.

 

But nothing has been done on two critical fronts – addressing the conditions that create refugees; and providing alternatives that break the incentive cycle promoted by the government and opposition, and facilitated by the people smugglers.

 

The application of some cognitive theory and economic choice theory may help understand what is really going on; and why government and opposition are playing a doomed game they cannot win.'

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The ‘Pacific Solution’ revisited: a statistical guide to the asylum seeker caseloads on Nauru and Manus Island | Australian Policy Online

 

'On 13 August 2012, the [Australian] Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers released its report containing a suite of measures and recommendations to the Government on how best to deal with asylum seeker issues in the short, medium and long term. One of the short-term measures recommended was a proposal to re-establish offshore processing facilities in Nauru and Papua New Guinea in order to provide a ‘circuit breaker to the current surge in irregular migration to Australia’. The practice of transferring asylum seekers intercepted at sea to third countries in the Pacific for processing was first introduced by the Howard Government in 2001—this policy became known as the ‘Pacific Solution’.

 

This background note provides a brief overview of the ‘Pacific Solution’ and also outlines some of the concerns expressed by many on the practice of accommodating asylum seekers in offshore processing facilities in the Pacific.'

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Human lives Australia could have saved - Eureka Street

Human lives Australia could have saved - Eureka Street | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Australian maritime safety and border protection authorities could have saved the lives of most of the people on the boat that made two distress calls by telephone to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority early last Wednesday.

 

'By bumping this emergency to [Indonesian search and rescue] BASARNAS, and then returning to border protection business as usual for a full wasted day, the Australian border security system left 100 people to die – as it had done previously on 15 December 2011 (with the foundered Barokah), and again on 19-21 June 2012.

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How Britain could become the most admired of nations - On Line Opinion - 28/8/2012

How Britain could become the most admired of nations - On Line Opinion - 28/8/2012 | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The UK's nuclear deterrent is all at sea, and what does it achieve?

 

'The unavoidable question for the British suffering under increasing service cuts will be; what nation are we attempting to deter when the real and present danger is a bomb stolen from Pakistan's armoury by people doing God's work and who are deterred by nobody? The delivery system is about as low-tech as one could get - just one of the thousands of containers being loaded onto British docks.'

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You Heard We’re Stopping The Boats? You Heard Wrong.

You Heard We’re Stopping The Boats? You Heard Wrong. | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Despite huge efforts to deter and block boat journeys, Australian immigration policies in fact encourage asylum seekers to come by boat.  ...

 

'Myth: Asylum seekers who come by boat are illegal, those who come by plane are legal.

 

Myth: It’s cheaper to come by boat.

 

Myth: Our policies are designed to “Stop the Boats”.

 

Truth: Despite all Australia does to the block refugees coming by boat, government policies in fact encourage people to make the risky boat journey.

 

Mike Steketee explains it in this detailed report.

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Why we're losing the battle of the bulge: the politics of obesity prevention

Why we're losing the battle of the bulge: the politics of obesity prevention | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
There’s no doubt that obesity has received considerable political attention over the past decade.

 

'One might argue .......... that political responses to date have been more about creating a spectacle of “doing something” rather than actually solving the obesity problem.

 

The question is why.'

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DNC 2012: Where's Al Gore?

DNC 2012: Where's Al Gore? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In 2008, Al Gore strode onto the stage at Denver’s Invesco Field to a hero's welcome, throwing his support behind Barack Obama to take on the "global climate crisis." When Obama takes the stage this week, Gore will be nowhere in sight

 

'While many Democrats in Charlotte were reluctant to talk about Gore for attribution, some said Gore's diminished profile — and the environmental movement’s more broadly — is rooted in the mood of a country preoccupied with questions about the economy and jobs.

 

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Can One TV Show Shift Refugee Policy? | newmatilda.com

Can One TV Show Shift Refugee Policy? | newmatilda.com | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Go Back To Where You Came From attracted big audiences to SBS last week.

 

'Showing the distances travelled, the diversity of global routes taken and resilience in the face of constant threat, returns a powerful agency to undocumented migrants. This is in place of their usual portrayal as immobile victims: trapped behind razor wire, disciplined or resistant, at the mercy of the state. This starts to move the debate away from patronising politics of victimhood towards an acknowledgement of the mobile power of people to control their own lives and destinations. It also raises the question of why so few asylum seekers and refugees have voices in the debate over migration and border control.'

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The Crisis of Europe

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After World War II, Europe began a process of peaceful political unification unprecedented there and unmatched anywhere else.

 

' ..........with the current crisis still unresolved, Europe lacks most of the motivating forces that once propelled it toward unity. Even if a shared fear of the consequences of the eurozone's collapse saves it from the worst, Europe needs something more than fear to make it again the magnetic project it was for a half century. But what can that something be?'

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Asylum Seekers A Wicked Problem | newmatilda.com

Asylum Seekers A Wicked Problem | newmatilda.com | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
No political party has a foolproof solution to the issue of asylum seekers, because such a solution doesn’t exist.

 

'Asylum seeker policy an example of what the strategists and bureaucrats call a "wicked problem".

 

Wicked problems, it says, are complex and difficult to define. They often have multiple causes but no single solution or quick fix. They are unstable, shifting and morphing in ways that frustrate a coherent response, and are social by nature, involving many different individuals and agencies, across organisational boundaries, national borders and social divides.

 

.........It’s that complex interaction between the politics of fear and loathing and the desperation of persecuted people that has made the issue of asylum seekers so insoluble in the long term for the Rudd and Gillard government. It’s a politics of fear that the Opposition was only too willing to embrace after losing office, reasoning that it could only rebound to the Coalition’s advantage'

 

 

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