Essay Asylum Seeker Language Analysis

855 Words Jul 25th, 2012 4 Pages
Language Analysis
‘Australia still dancing to Howard’s tune on asylum seekers’
The piece written by Michael Gordon in The Age on October 19 2011, argues that ten years after the Australian federal election that sparked the asylum seeker controversy, asylum seekers are still being demonised and alienated by both of Australia’s major political parties. Gordon writes in an assertive, controlled and a somewhat concerned tone throughout the article with his target audience aimed at ‘The Age’ readers who have considerable knowledge and understanding of the ongoing debate. Current parliament members from both federal parties could also be his target audience as Gordon provides a solution to the crisis, in that the failure of the Malaysia
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The clash was brought up by the death of 353 people seeking refugee status in Australia, yet Gordon recognizes how both major political parties carried a similar approach to the debate and did not want Australia to be seen as a “soft touch” and accept countless asylum seekers into the country. Gordon further uses a rhetorical question “sound familiar?”, to connect the link between the little difference policy has changed for the crisis in ten years, clarifying the article headline, “Australia still dancing to Howard’s tune on asylum seekers”.
The writer then begins to demonstrate how both the major political parties were prepared to argue rather than see the big picture and deal with the crisis of the issue overall. Gordon uses emotive language by drawing readers about the concerns of the family who were severely impacted by the SIEV-X disaster. Readers are drawn to the cruelty of the treatment of asylum seekers as Gordon reiterates former Prime Minister, John Howard’s harsh and firm words, “we decide who comes into this country and the circumstances in which they come”.
Gordon portrays the temporary protection visa as a device that tears families apart whilst continuing to draw back to the family involved in the

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