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Words Excusing Exclusion. Professor Michael Clyne

Michael Clyne is Professorial Fellow in the School of Languages at the University of Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Monash University. His main fields of research and publication are bilingualism/language contact, sociolinguistics, inter-cultural communication and second lan- guage acquisition. Among his books are Australia’s Language Potential (UNSW Press, 2005), Dynam- ics of Language Contact (CUP, 2003), The German Language in a Changing Europe (CUP, 1995), and Inter-cultural Communication at Work (CUP, 1994).

 

'The ‘war against terror’ with its ill-defined enemy has unleashed a new kind of exclusionary discourse which allows people to imagine an enemy among the unknown and strange. This paper focuses on the discourse on asylum seekers employed by Australian politicians from main parties and sections of the media.'

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What does the Australian public really think about asylum seekers?

What does the Australian public really think about asylum seekers? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'The June parliamentary debate, following record boat arrivals and loss of life at sea, led to surveys conducted for the major dailies. Reporting a Nielsen poll on 2 July, The Age headlined “Most blame government for boat people deadlock”. Almost a week later, Newspoll for the Australian produced a different result: “All sides damned”.

 

 

The failure to consider inconsistent findings, or to explain the trend of opinion, is typical of media discussion of polling on issues other than the standing of political parties and their leaders, which are tracked almost weekly from one election to the next.'

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Irini Kassidis's curator insight, November 2, 2013 10:48 PM

A very interestigng article discussing people's views on the issue of Asylum seekers.  The surveys that were conducted find that some people were confused and uncertain.  This proves to me that some people might feel this way because they don't know much about the issue and need to be educated about it