I believe that Australians are a fundamentally good people who have been profoundly misled by the toxic politics that surrounds the refugee debate right now.Ahhh, I see. That's the narrative now, when you want something the voters don't? Imply they've been led astray by dark forces?
Well, it's an improvement on the usual claims that they must be racist, I suppose...
This morning, the country woke up to the heartbreaking news that four more people have died because they were trying to reach the safety of Australia by boat. This latest tragedy came just days after another group of people, including a baby boy, drowned trying to make the same perilous journey to our shores.We don't reward suicidal attempts, and nor should we. Not if we don't want more of them, and the Australian voter has shown that they don't.
We must urgently boost our efforts to safely bring people to Australia and give them sanctuary, as the Fraser government did after the Vietnam War.
Malcolm Fraser ... said that politicians who whip up fear and hatred because people are coming from overseas can only be doing so for two reasons; first, that they genuinely think we have something to fear if people from different cultures come to Australia, or second, that they are doing because they think it will help them to win votes. In both cases they shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the Australian parliament, he said.Yes, there's clearly no need for politicians who listen to the will of the people in Parliament! They should listen instead to...people like you, I guess?
It is essential for us to remember that refugees are human beings, not numbers to be argued over for cheap political gain.And the citizens of Australia, the voters that would rather not be swamped by economic migrants, or see their culture and laws changed to suit the newcomers? The ones that vote for politicians determined to see that doesn't happen?
Are they not also human beings in your eyes, Sarah?