Mar 5, 2013

It’s just not cricket: can sports stars stop the boats?

TV spots featuring cricketers Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga are not likely to prevent illegal immigration from Sri Lanka, writes freelance journalist Bhakthi Puvanenthiran.

If you get on a boat, you’re a bloody idiot. At least that’s the message from the Australian government.

Last week the Gillard government launched a spate of ads encouraging Sri Lankan Australians to advise their relatives and friends on the island to avoid getting on boats headed for our shores. Two television commercials, part of the campaign dubbed “Don’t be Sorry”, feature retired Tamil cricketing legend Muttiah Muralitharan and fast-bowling Sinhalese captain Lasith Malinga.

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2 thoughts on “It’s just not cricket: can sports stars stop the boats?

  1. shepherdmarilyn

    We do not own the borders and oceans of the world no matter how much we pretend we do.

    We cannot by law interfere with any vessel on the waters and we cannot by law stop people leaving any country.
    Murali should stick to cricket.

  2. Jason Mountney

    Maybe they could recruit Darren Lehmann to help out.

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