As refugees risk their lives to travel by boat to a nation full of hostility to asylum seekers, the sport-and-tits periodical has found an opportunity for topical guffaws by asking:
ARE YOU AUSTRALIA’S HOTTEST ASYLUM SEEKER?
Are you a refugee not even the immigration minister could refuse? Then we want to see you! We’re looking for Oz’s hottest asylum seeker, so if you’ve swapped persecution for sexiness, we want to shoot you (with a camera – relax!). Send your pics and a short story about your tragic past to …[etc]
Matthew Knott at the Australian site Crikey writes:
The accompanying double-page spread — illustrated by images of Anglo-Saxon babes on luxury yachts — also offered the reader useful factoids including: “One in every 25 boat people dies making it to our shores.” In the main image, one buxom seafarer says: “We could be assets to this country.”
“Yes, big assets …” replies her pal.
A harmless bit of fun? Or a s-xist, xenophobic outrage?