“The Aust public is entitled to look at us as a bunch of petty piss-ants if we can’t sort this out”: Senator Nick Xenofon #faine #auspol
Perhaps then there are different crises. For the poor wretches desperate enough to entrust themselves and their families to leaking tubs in monsoon season, the crisis really is one of life or death. Seeking a better life, or any life, away from whatever hellhole they’re fleeing, they find themselves pitched into the waters and onto the rocks. Sometimes they survive. Sometimes they die, screaming.
– John Birmingham
The refugee crisis is real and never-ending (2012-Jun-28) [Brisbane Times]
The desperate, frantic efforts of politicians clambering for a tidy solution – one where they can say “we just got something done” – is simply insufficient.
Complex, far-reaching arrangements and relationships, which are capable of effectively responding to those in need of protection are required.
All of this means we need a discussion of many things that were not on the table yesterday, and show no sign of being raised in future.
– Sharon Pickering
Six issues missing from the asylum seeker debate (2012-Jun-28) [The Conversation]