Australian advocates of a harsh line against asylum seekers arriving by boat often base their arguments on a concern for the protection of human life. Unless we deter boat people, so the reasoning goes, ever greater numbers will set out on the dangerous voyage from Indonesia, and more and more lives will be lost at sea. This may sound like a novel position, but, as Andy Lamey makes clear in Frontier Justice: The Global Refugee Crisis and What to Do about It, the argument is well worn. In the early 1990s, Presidents Bush Sr and Clinton used similar justifications to defend a policy of intercepting boats from Haiti and returning them directly to Port au Prince, without making any assessment as to whether those on board might have claims to protection from Haiti’s dictatorial régime.

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  • Custom Article Title Peter Mares reviews 'Frontier Justice' by Andy Lamey and 'Contesting Citizenship' by Anne McNevin
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    Australian advocates of a harsh line against asylum seekers arriving by boat often base their arguments on a concern for the protection of human life. Unless we deter boat people, so the reasoning goes, ever greater numbers will set out on the dangerous voyage from Indonesia, and more and more lives will be lost at sea ...

  • Book Title Frontier Justice: The Global Refugee Crisis and What to Do About It
  • Book Author Andy Lamey
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  • Biblio University of Queensland Press, $34.95 pb, 416 pp, 9780702239311
  • Book Title 2 Contesting Citizenship: Irregular Migrants and New Frontiers of the Political
  • Book Author 2 Anne McNevin
  • Biblio 2 Columbia University Press (Footprint Books), $68 hb, 240 pp, 9780231151283
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