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    Posted on 12 Feb 2014

    Australian Government Sends Graphic Message To Asylum Seekers

    Pictures speak louder than words, and they're yelling YOU WILL BE MISERABLE in the government's graphic novel aimed at asylum seekers.

    The Australian Department for Immigration and Border Protection has unveiled a harsh message for asylum seekers attempting to come to Australia by boat.

    Part of the campaign includes a graphic novel aimed at potential asylum seekers.

    It tells the story of a young man, dreaming of a better life, paying people smugglers to get him there.

    It details the dangerous journey...

    And the treatment that awaits asylum seekers on the other side.

    The message is clear: try to come to Australia by boat to seek asylum and you'll wish you'd never left your own country.

    Although the government claims the graphic novel was developed under the Labor leadership, it only caught the public's attention this week.

    People on social media are not impressed.

    Australia decides it’s a good idea to actively advertise how awfully it treats potential refugees http://t.co/MJUblU4nhM

    Mary Hamilton@newsmary

    Australia decides it’s a good idea to actively advertise how awfully it treats potential refugees http://t.co/MJUblU4nhM

    07:32 AM - 12 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The next step will be a cartoon showing a refugee driven to suicide, with the headline, 'This is what we do to you.' http://t.co/wzHjErZc8S

    Jeff Sparrow@Jeff_Sparrow

    The next step will be a cartoon showing a refugee driven to suicide, with the headline, 'This is what we do to you.' http://t.co/wzHjErZc8S

    07:21 AM - 12 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Even as we speak, asylum seekers huddle in Javanese villages, reading Morrison's new website in mounting dismay. http://t.co/DoBENHKnsg

    Mike Carlton@MikeCarlton01

    Even as we speak, asylum seekers huddle in Javanese villages, reading Morrison's new website in mounting dismay. http://t.co/DoBENHKnsg

    06:25 PM - 11 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    That's right: #Schapelle now has more freedom after breaking Indonesian law than asylum seekers who don't break any Australian laws.

    ABCnewsIntern@ABCnewsIntern

    That's right: #Schapelle now has more freedom after breaking Indonesian law than asylum seekers who don't break any Australian laws.

    07:56 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Wonder if potential Afghan asylum seekers have good internet service to download the digital graphic novel?... http://t.co/P23LolhFk7

    Neil Walker@MediaMook

    Wonder if potential Afghan asylum seekers have good internet service to download the digital graphic novel?... http://t.co/P23LolhFk7

    12:12 PM - 12 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Government tells potential asylum seekers that the reason not to come to Australia is that you might encounter Australian officials. #auspol

    Kubilay Aknar@KubilayAknar

    Government tells potential asylum seekers that the reason not to come to Australia is that you might encounter Australian officials. #auspol

    12:06 PM - 12 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Racist, uncaring Australia releases cartoon campaign warning asylum seekers not to 'waste money on smuggler boats' http://t.co/cqW794sXJu

    Dennis@brit_newsman

    Racist, uncaring Australia releases cartoon campaign warning asylum seekers not to 'waste money on smuggler boats' http://t.co/cqW794sXJu

    12:04 PM - 12 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Our government made a graphic novel to deter asylum seekers.If they’re gonna be evil they might as well literally become comic book villains

    Australia/Dan Hall@WeAreAustralia

    Our government made a graphic novel to deter asylum seekers.If they’re gonna be evil they might as well literally become comic book villains

    08:41 PM - 11 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I get the impression from my feed that our government has done something heinous again re: asylum seekers but I can't be sure.

    Sheree Joseph@tinyfleu

    I get the impression from my feed that our government has done something heinous again re: asylum seekers but I can't be sure.

    10:05 PM - 11 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Here you can articulate your displeasure with the Immigration Department over their treatment of asylum seekers: http://t.co/oZBrBrSXbs

    Elmo Keep@Elmo_Keep

    Here you can articulate your displeasure with the Immigration Department over their treatment of asylum seekers: http://t.co/oZBrBrSXbs

    12:13 PM - 12 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The @DeptOfAustralia parody account even created its own version.

    Hey, Australian Customs, you forgot to put words in your comic book. I'll help. Here's page one.

    Dept. of Australia@DeptOfAustralia

    Hey, Australian Customs, you forgot to put words in your comic book. I'll help. Here's page one.

    11:20 AM - 12 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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