Scott Morrison instructs his department to stop referring to detainees as "clients".
This change is not before time. The culture of the former government's department of immigration was embodied in its use of the word "client" to describe people who arrive here illegally by boat. Many came with an arrogant expectation that they we owed them and our language reinforced it.
Good on Scott for making this sensible change. The Sydney Morning Herald's Bianca Hall has this story.
Minister wants boat people called illegals
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has instructed departmental and detention centre staff to publicly refer to asylum seekers as ''illegal'' arrivals and as ''detainees'', rather than clients.
The directive has been criticised as a ''profound'' shift by a leading asylum seeker agency, which says the new terms are designed to dehumanise people.
In an email to detention centre staff, obtained by Fairfax Media, a department official writes: ''The department has received correspondence from the minister clarifying his expectations about the department's use of terminology. Accordingly we as [sic] that our service providers also adhere to the below instructions.''