Open Ports! The Boat People Australia wants


A Flourishing Bibliographical Tree: Tamil Migration, Asylum-Seekers and Australia

ALEX on TVAlex Kuhendrarajah of Merak notoriety –courtesy of Australian  courtesy of

Allard, Tom 2009 “Asylum seekers stage snap hunger strike,” 16 October 2009,

Allard, Tom 2010 “Tamils’ spokesman Alex jumps ship,” SMH, 2 March 2010,

Amunugama, Sarath [quoted in news item] 2011 “Foreign remittances the lifeline of Sri Lanka’s economy,” Sunday Observer, 30 January 2011,

AUSSIES CHECK A-S D-BANK This Lankan boat slipped the cordons and entered Geraldton Harbour– I believe it is now on display in Canberra

BBC 2012 “[Lost at Sea! Some Missing Tamils]” 23 April 2012, reprint in

Bell, Stewart 2011 [“Sun Sea– one of its journalist Tamil migrants granted entry into Canada,”] 5 February 2011,

Black, Sophie 2009 “Meet Alex and Brindha: a media savvy bunch of boat people,”

Bolt, Andrew 2009 “How the Greens deceive on boat people,” 2 November 2009,

Bolt, Andrew 2009 “It’s Rudd’s fatal shore,” Herald Sun, 6 November 2009,’s-rudd’s-fatal-shore/story-e6frfhgf-1225794867198

Brown, Bernardo 2012 “Bernardo Brown’s brief note on migration networks in the Negombo region, 1980s-2012,”

Burnside, Julian “Australian leader Abbott ignorant on boat arrivals,” The Age, 9 April 2010,

Callick, Rowan 2010 “Sri Lanka urges hard line on Tamil asylum-seekers,” Australian, 18 Oct. 2010.

Callick, Rowan 2010 “Brothers who tamed the Tigers,” Australian A Plus, 18 Oct. 2010.

Callick, Rowan 2010 “Peace in balance, as clan rules supreme,” Australian, 19 Oct. 2010.

Canadian Press, The 2010 “Some Tamil boat people already rejected in UK,”

Columbage, Dinouk 2012 “Post War – The Cries of the Desperate and Destitute,” Sunday Leader, 5 August 2012.

Columbage, Dinouk 2012 “Sri Lanka tells Australian Navy to turn back vessels,” Sunday Leader, 5 August 2012,

CNN 2010 “Exclusive: On board the Tamil asylum boat,” January 2010,

Daily News 2010 “Lankan asylum-seekers bound for Australia,” 22 Oct. 2010.

Defence Ministry2010 “Exposed: Police investigates (sic) on bogus asylum seekers,” 25 June 2012,

Defence Ministry 2012 “Exposed: TamilNet allegation on the death of UK deportee!”

De Havilland, Charles 2012 “Sri Lanka UNICEF expands family reunion programme,”

Doherty, Ben 2011 “Lost in translation: Tamil refugees in India and their dangerous gambles,”

Doherty, Ben 2012 “Asylum seeker numbers rising fast,” Australian, 2 July 2012,

Doherty, Ben 2012 “Tamils: why we get on boats,” Sydney Morning Herald, 21 July 2012,

De Silva, Sam 2007 “Diaspora dilemmas: Australia and the Sri Lanka conflict,”

De Silva, Sam 2007 “Asylum Seeking Down under…,” 19 March 2007,

De Silva-Ranasinghe, Sergei 2010“Beware of asylum-seekers bearing tales of woe,” Australian, 7 April 2010.

De Silva-Ranasinghe, Sergei “Civilian casualties, IDP camps and asylum-seekers. Interview with Father Rohan Silva,”

Feith, David 2009 “Tamils horrific treatment makes them desperate to leave,” 30 October 2009,

Ferdinando, Shamindra “Tackling illegal immigrants: Australia’s SLN role,” Island, 22 Oct. 2010.

Ferdinando, Shamindra 2012 “British HC denies claims of deportee abuse,” 20 June 2012,

Ferdinando, Shamindra 2012 “Deportation only antidote to human smuggling– SLN Chief tells Aussie HC,” Island, 21 July 2012,

Fitzpatrick, Stephen, Patricia Karvelas & Paige Taylor 2010 “Merak girl Brindha beats ban on refugees,” 21 April 2010,

Fitzgerald, Stephen 2010 “Oceanic Viking asylum-seeker stand-off became an international circus,” The Australian, 4 January 2010.

Fitzpatrick, Stephen 2009 Brother speaks up for ‘Alex’,” The Australian, 9 November 2009,

Fitzpatrick, Stephen 2009 “Finally, the real Alex steps forward,” The Australian, 9 November 2009,

Fitzpatrick, Stephen 2009 “End Tamil boat sit-in, pleads mother of `Alex’,” The Australian, 2 December 2009,

Fitzpatrick, Stephen 2010 “Dockside protest leader deserts post, leaving hope in his wake,” The Australian, 2 March 2010.

Flitton, Daniel 2012 “Fears for deported man,” The Age, 26 July 2012,

Flitton, Daniel 2012 “UN bid for Tamil to stay fails,” The Age, 27 July 2012,

Flitton, Daniel 2012 ““Tamil activists would pay to ship refugees,”

Guest, Debbie 2012 “Tamil boat people from the Merak speak of betrayal,”

Hodge, Amanda and Paige Taylor 2009 “Tamil spokesman ‘Alex’ a smuggler, says Sri Lankan government,” 7 November 2009,

Hodge, Amanda 2009 “Smuggler ‘shamed’ by criminal status,” The Australian, 14 Oct 2009

Hodge, Amanda 2009 “[Q and A Interview with Stephen Smith]” 15 October 2009,

Hodge, Amanda 2009 “Tamil refugees fleeing Sri Lankan police state,” The Australian, 21 October 2009,

Hodge, Amanda 2009 “Among the smugglers,” The Australian, 21 October 2009,,25197,26237701-28737,00.html

Hodge, Amanda 2009 “Ex-Tamil Tiger Kunam awaits 13-cylinder trip,” The Australian, 29 October, 2009,

Hodge, Amanda 2012 ‘Tortured’ Tamil put on a plane back to Sri Lanka,” Australian, 26 July (with Stuart Rintoul)

Hodge, Amanda 2012 “Deported Tamil recants tales of torture,” Weekend Australian, 28/29 July 2012,

Hodge, Amanda 2012 “Dramatic mid-sea transfer ends freedom run,” Australian, 30 July 2012,

Hohenboken, Angus 2010 “Sri Lanka grills Tamils in Jakarta,” The Australian9 January 2010,

IRIN 2012 “More people boarding boats to Australia,”20 July 2012.

Jayawardhana, Walter 2010 “Fake passports suspected to be issued by the LTTE,”

Jayasekera, Shanaka 2012  ”Sri Lankan boat refugees move to Australia,” Sunday Observer, 29 July 2012,

Kelly, Joe 2009 “Father of ‘Alex’ asks PM for sympathy,” The Australian, 21 November 2009,

Kingsbury, Damien 2009 “Demonising the victims?” ABC Unleashed, 26 October 2009, http://

Legge, Kate 2011 “Rocking the Boat: Children as Path-clearing Asylum-Seekers” [title altered] The Weekend Australian, 9 July 2011,

MacLeod, Ian 2009 “Mystery ship belongs to Tamil Tigers: experts,” 24 October 2009,

Maley, Paul 2010 “Tamils safe to return home, says Sri Lanka,” The Australian, 15 January 2010,

Maley, Paul 2010 “Refugee was Tigers `agent’,” The Australian, 9 March 2010,

Maley, Paul 2010 “Tamils face return in UN review,” The Australian, 9 April 2010.

Maley, Paul 2012 “People-smuggling a Tamil propaganda plot: Sri Lanka,” The Australian, 29 May 2012,

Paul Maley and Paige Taylor 2009 “Tamil Tigers join race for asylum,” The Australian, 26 October 2009.

Nadesan, Noel 2011 “Media and the suffering of the Tamil people — Noel Nadesan’s Open Letter to Australians,”

Neighbour, Sally 2009 “Test of stamina,” 16 November 2009,

Neighbour, Sally 2010 16 July 2010, “Tamil Tigers at the front door,”

News Item 2009 “End Tamil boat sit-in, pleads mother of `Alex,” The Australian 2 Dec. 2009, page 9.

News Item 2009 “Sri Lankans using India to flee overseas illegally,” Daily Mirror, 1 December 2009.

News Item 2011“Potential boat people apprehended,” from The Island, March 11, 2011 as

News Item 2012 “Sri Lanka Arrests More ‘Boatpeople’ Heading to Australia,” 16 July 2012,

News Item 2012 “ ‘Italy Rajan’ and other people smugglers in India: their package deals,” in The Nation,  11 July 2012,

Parnell, Sean 2012 “Roxon clears Tamil’s extradition to US,” The Australian, 30 July 2012,

Parnell., Sean 2012 “AFP rejected refugee offer to name names,” The Australian, 31 July 2012,

Perera, Amantha 2010 “Untangling the Knotty Issue of Human Smuggling,” 31 October 2010, news.asp?idnews=49245

Perera, Suvendrini 2009 “Who’s Hearing The People Smuggling ‘Message’? 15 December 2009,

Puvenitharan, Bhakthi 2010 “Tamils for Green?”18 August 2010, http//

Rajalingam, Gobie 2009 Boat people a symptom of Sri Lanka’s dark side,” 14 October 2009.

Roberts, Michael

—-2009a “Tamil Migration within and beyond Sri Lanka,” 5 October 2009,

—-2009b “Taken in by Tamil Tall Tales,” 4 Nov 2009,

—-2009c “Adjutant Australia: Controlling Boat People,” 7 Nov 2009,

—-2009d “Crude reasoning,” 17 November 2009,

—-2009e “Speaking from Ignorance: Australians on Sri Lanka & Its Boat People,” 4 December 2009,

—-2009f “Alex’ Kuhendrarajah and the Australian media,” 20 January 2010,

—-2010a “Boat People as Blanket Categories,” 19 April 2010,

—-2010b “Aussies swallow Lies and Rajapaksas miss a Trick,” 31 Oct. 2010,

—-2010c “From “Leaky Wooden Boats” to the Imbecile Asian,” 27 December 2010 =

—-2010d “Missing the Boat: Australians at Sea on Asylum-Seekers,” 19 October 2011,

—-2010e “Mahesh Pushpakumara: the saga of the marooned fisherman,” 20 November 2010,

2012 “Boat People to Australia: A Comment on The Social Architects’ Survey and Twist on the Tale,” 24 July 2012,

—- 2012 “Australian Gullibility: forgeries, lies and manipulation in the netherworld of in-migration, 26 July 2012,

—- 2012 “Amanda Hodge adds twist to Dayan Anthony’s tale,” 28 July 2012,

Shanika Sriyananda 2012 “Economic concerns main reason for sri lankan boat people, says terrorism expert,” Sunday Observer 29 July 2012,

Seneviratne, Kalinga 2009 “Western Media Gullibility makes Asylum-seeking Good Business,” Tempo, 3 November 2009, pp. 36-37.

Stephen Smith 2009 “Interview with Amanda Hodge –The Australian,” 15 October 2009,

Schliers, Mark2012STAR CHAMBER  laws used in smuggler wars in Australia,” The Australian, 6 August 2012,

Schliers, Mark 2012 “Backing for use of “Star Chamber”,The Australian, 7 August 2012

Stewart, Cameron & Paul Maley 2012 “Who’s Funding the people  smugglers?” The Weekend Australian, 4/5 August 2012.

Social Architects, The 2012 “Troubled Waters: Corruption and Human Trafficking in Post-war Sri Lanka,” 19 July 2012,

The Tamil Boat People Controversy,

Taylor, Paige 2011 “Little Brindha rejected by the Immigration Department,”

Taylor, Paige 2011 “Boat People: direct from Lanka to Australia with WHAT?” 30 May 2012,

Underpala 2009 Amanda Hodge and her journalistic hodgepodge,” Lakbima English Weekly, 22 November 2009.

UNHCR 2011 “Lankan Asylum Seekers: Variety and Spice in Several Tales,” 21 june 20111,

Waldman, Lorne 2012 “How we should deal with the Tamil boat people,”–how-we-should-deal-with-the-tamil-boat-people

Warne-Smith, Drew 2009 “Tamils herded into disease-ridden camps seek any escape,” 24 October 2009,

Weerasinghe, Chamikara 2011 “Resettlement of Tamil Refugees in India within Sri Lanka in Progress,”

Weiss, Gordon 2010 “Tamil Tiger is extinct and the regime knows it,” 16 July 2010,

Whitley, Angus “Australia, Sri Lanka Sign Legal Pact to Fight People Smuggling,” 10 Nov 2009,

Wickremasekara Damith & Aanya Wipulasena 2012 “Risking blue waters for greener pastures,” Sunday Times, 22 July 2012,

Wockner, Cindy “Bound for South Australia?” Advertiser, 22 Oct. 2010, p. 11 or


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