A few days ago the Australian government launched a new media campaign, aimed to discourage asylum seekers from using people smugglers to reach Australia. Predictably Twitter was outraged by it.
Incredible. Australian Customs & Border Protection published a comic book explaining how awful our Government is: http://t.co/3EIMjKKs35
— Tobby (@tobiasziegler) February 11, 2014
Launched by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service back in November 2013, this piece of government propaganda depicts the story of someone from Afghanistan attempting to reach Australia via boat, only to be intercepted by the navy and then shipped off to an indeterminate location.
The star of page 14 of the comic is an orange and white jet. Nothing to it you might think…
No it isn’t – Australia uses an identical looking Airbus A319 jet to ferry asylum seekers between detention facilities.
Operated by a charter company called Skytraders, the jet bears the registration VH-VHD, and serves double duty flying scientists to Antarctica for the Australian Antarctic Division.
Have fun trying to follow the jet – the operators requested flight tracking website Flightaware to block the aircraft from their website.