It isn't surprising Australians are confused about our cultural attitudes to asylum seekers. It's been 10 years since Tampa and while the federal government is still doing policy cartwheels, the public asylum debate becomes more and more polarised in two opposing value positions.

Cultural Intelligence, which aired last night on SBS, is the first in a series of expert led forums which aims to examine how Australia’s culture is being defined in the media. The first program focused on the asylum seeker debate, which has become a lightning rod for opinions about migration, racism and broader Australian cultural values.