children overboard affair


children overboard affair

a controversy relating to a claim that in October 2001 children were thrown overboard from a boat carrying people seeking asylum in Australia, in an attempt to force Australian navy ships to pick them up; this claim, later proven to be inaccurate, was used by government members as a campaign tool in the election of November 2001.
Also, children overboard incident.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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