(Study Guide) Leaky Boat

Leaky Boat is a compelling and challenging account of one of the most controversial moments in recent Australian history: the 2001 drama of the Tampa, and the Naval campaign to stop refugee boats from arriving on Australian shores that followed. It is an important film not only because it provides a detailed first hand account of one of the most controversial moments in recent Australian history, but because in doing so it throws up wider questions about how all of us participate as citizens in debate and decisions on the issue of refugee boats. It also asks students to reflect on their own values on this still-burning issue.

Leaky Boat could be utilised within senior secondary classes in History, Politics, Society and the Environment, English, Civics and Citizenship/Values Studies, Religious Education and Film and Media Studies.

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