Outsiders: boats and babies and Here Come The Habibs

This session was originally broadcast on the ABC’s Radio National on 7 February 2016.


The High Court has affirmed the Australian Government’s right to operate offshore detention centres, but the politics remain fraught. The public have reacted with protests around the country chanting the slogan ‘Let Them Stay’ while church leaders are offering sanctuary to asylum seekers who face being sent to offshore detention, potentially risking 10 years’ in jail. So what should the government do?

And Here Come The Habibs is a new Australian television comedy show that’s generating online outrage. Featuring the story of an Australian-Lebanese family, the program has been accused of casual racism.


  • Travers McLeod: CEO, Centre for Policy Development
  • Esther Anatolitis: Director, Regional Arts Victoria
  • Stephen Brook: Editor, The Australian


  • Producer: Jonathan Green
  • Producer: Serpil Senelmis