The securitization of asylum in Australia: Delineating endogenous and exogenous causes

Kane Jamen Matthews

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Abstract

This thesis investigates the securitization of humanitarian migration to Australia. Utilizing securitization theory it looks to
elite discourse, the construction of threat in the speech of political elites, to answer key questions. Is Australia's response to unauthorised boat arrivals the result of entrenched historical fears regarding undesirable immigration? Or are non-traditional security threats best considered a response to emerging global relations? Data to answer these questions has been sourced by exhaustively coding and analysing political rhetoric from two distinct periods, the Vietnamese refugee Crisis 1975-81 and the contemporary era of securitization following the Tampa Affair 2001-2013.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Yasmeen, Samina, Supervisor
  • Brown, Graham, Supervisor
Award date26 Jun 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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