Ellison canvasses forcing Papuan boats back to Indonesia

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Ellison canvasses forcing Papuan boats back to Indonesia

Find in the WWW the information about the following.

a) What are the neiboughs of Indonesia? How far are they from it? What can you say about the Tampa Affair in 2001.

b) What is the message of the political cartoon above? What can you see in cartoon?

2 Look at the text title and complete the sentences trying to guess what endings they might have in the text

It would be determined at the time by...

The benefit of knowing of the background is...

The international law that we're upholding is...

3 a).Form abstract nouns from these verbs:


canvass   convene  
intercept   verify  
enter   sign  
secure   involve  


3 b). Fill in the gaps using the nouns you formed in the table above:

  1. There has been _____________ all around neighbourhoods to persuade people to vote for this candidate.
  2. This community has been actively involved with the implementation of the Hague __________in the United States for over the past decade.
  3. It took the Russian Federation some long years to gain _________ to the WTO.
  4. Then there was no British law controlling phone tapping, or making unauthorised ____________(such as by foreign intelligence agencies) illegal.
  5. An organization or state, on whose behalf a n international convention has been signed, becomes a _________________ to the document.
  6. Check ____________is the process in which a company or individual checks the validity of a check to ensure funds are available, or looks into the account holder's banking history.
  7. Today's advanced ____________systems can be installed almost anywhere
  8. We are committed to offering opportunities for personal __________and growth for each employee.


4 a).Match these parts

1) to canvass against illegal actions
2) illegal entrance the people
3) intercept from the country
4) nationals fleeing international law
5) a breach of the possibility
6) to uphold sovereignty
7) to safeguard one’s borders into Australia


4 b) Write all possible combinations in the lines below.








4 c) Find the proper answers in the answer box in the end of Unit 2 and use them to fill the gaps in the sentences below.


  1. The minister __________________ of forcing asylum seekers back to Indonesia.
  2. When people smugglers violated sea borders of Indonesia, warships were __________________, seemingly genuine refugees.
  3. The Court of Appeal had been seeking to reflect the fact that often __________________ would be breach of confidence or breach of contract.
  4. Why would we listen to someone from the Netherlands when our __________________ for fear of radical Islam?
  5. The United States and the Philippines have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate and __________________ of textiles transshipments.
  6. Imbued with lofty idea of patriotism, the Communist Party of India __________________ and independenceof India, fights for national unity.
  7. Now the government is dealing with a lot of attempts of gaining ________________


In Class

Listen to the Webcast Ellison canvasses forcing Papuan boats back to Indonesia and do the exercises below.

Match positions with the names


Names Positions
1) Elizabeth Jackson a senator
2) Peter Mares the Federal Minister for Customs and Justice
3) Chris Ellison the presenter
  the interviewer


Group these names into two columns. Provide some arguments to justify your decision.

Afghans, Iraqis, West Papuans, ABC Radio National, Middle Eastern asylum seekers, the Tampa affair in 2001, Indonesia, Papuan asylum seekers

Australia Illegal Immigrants

C – Comprehension Test 2

Listen to the Webcast Ellison canvasses forcing Papuan boats back to Indonesia and circle the correct answer


1. Senator Chris Ellison insists on forcing boats with Papuan asylum seekers   A out of the country B out of Australian territorial waters C out of Indonesia   2. In the Tampa Affair in 2001, the navy forced several boats carrying   A Middle Eastern holiday-makers B Middle Eastern asylum seekers C Papuan asylum seekers
3.The Australian Senator says the way the problem is dealt with depends on the circumstances   A in which these people are intercepted B of other attempts at illegal entrance into Australia C of legal entrance into Australia 4. According to Senator Ellison the measures they took to deal with illegal immigrants were   A quite new B partly changed C not altered  
5. Senator Ellison refers to the incident as   A the people mugging issue B a breach of Australian law C the people smuggling issue 6.When Australian authorities came across the boatload of illegal immigrants   A they possessed background information B they benefited from knowing their background C they didn’t have any information about them  
7. The Minister for Customs and Justice is to safeguard the country’s borders against   A illegal entrance only when security is at risk B illegal fishing, illegal entrance, security risks C illegal fishing and illegal entrance risks   8. The measures against illegal immigration would be determined at the time by authorities A responsible for looking after illegal fishers B engaged in the process of looking after Australia waters C engaged in the process of looking after Australia borders  

B – Comprehension Test 2

Listen to the Webcast Ellison canvasses forcing Papuan boats back to Indonesia and use the information from ex.2.3 to fill in the gaps

Part 1

1) Where did the boats with Papuans arrive from? Who canvassed the possibility of forcing them back?

2) What happened after Tampa affair in 2001?

3) Who were in the boats forced back to Indonesian waters?

4) Where did the Senator Ellison make a statement that the Government’s policy hadn’t changed?


Part 2

Peter Mares asked him if boats carrying West Papuans would be forced back to Indonesia.

CHRIS ELLISON: Well it will depend on the circumstances in which we_______________these people, but certainly they will be dealt with as we would deal with any other attempts _____ __________ __________ into Australia.

And of course we’ve put in place ___________ ____dealing with people who try to enter our country illegally. And you've seen what we've done in the past and our policy has not changed.

Part 3

PETER MARES: You've said that Papuan ________ _________are no different to any other boat people, but that's not the case is it.

I mean, these are Indonesian nationals _____________directly from Indonesia. They're not like Afghans or Iraqis who are coming through another country.

CHRIS ELLISON: Well, of course, when we dealt with the people ________________ issues before, we didn't know where those people came from at the time. ___________________of course we verified that, but when we come upon a boatload of people who are trying to enter Australia _________ we don't have the benefit of knowing their_______________, what their case is or why they're there. All we are presented with is an attempt to enter Australia illegally.

Now, of course, we have measures for dealing with that, and of course our policy is also very well known and we will__________ ______ policy.

Part 4

PETER MARES: You accept that forcing a _____________ back to a place of persecution is ___ ________ ____international law?

CHRIS ELLISON: Look, I think that the international law that we're upholding is our ______________ in that we're maintaining our _______.

As the Minister forCustoms and Justice I have responsibility for border control, and that is to _________ our borders __________illegal fishing, illegal _________, _____________________ and anything else which might pose a_____ to this country including quarantine.
Now that is a right we have to maintain and that is our sovereignty as a nation and our sovereign waters.


PETER MARES: Australia is a ______________to the International Convention on Refugees. Do you accept that forcing a refugee back to a place of persecution ________________that convention and is a breach of international law?

CHRIS ELLISON: When we're faced with a boatload of people, they don't come with a sign saying, "These Are Refugees". When we're ______________with that situation on the water, we don't know who they are; we don't know their background.

They might say they're refugees, they might say they're all sorts of things but I have to tell you that we're primarily _______________ looking out for Australia's __________ and security. And that means that we intercept people who are trying to enter this country illegally and that could involve a number of measures which would be________________at the timeby authorities who are ________________the process of looking after our borders.
A – Comprehension Test 2


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