Children Overboard affair
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The "Children Overboard affair" was a controversial focus in the 2001 federal election campaign, when John Howard was accused of cynically demonising asylum-seekers. Mr Howard and senior ministers falsely claimed on the eve of the election that a boat of (mostly Iraqi) asylum-seekers had thrown their children into the water to guarantee their rescue by the Australian navy. When challenged about this, Howard said that the refugees "don't carry any visible signs of being demonised".