#1 By: Cory Doctorow, December 24th, 2013 15:17
#2 By: Cam R, December 24th, 2013 18:33
One of a few awful shameful truths about modern Australia, along with our current federal governments attitude to same sex marriage, winding back meaningful action on climate change, and the ongoing inability to create generational change in the plight of our indigenous people. I have never been particularly patriotic, but nowadays I am decidedly ashamed of Australia.
#3 By: Simon Bennett, December 24th, 2013 19:26
But wasting money on cruelty curries favour with racist voters, so it is the preferred option.
What the? Is that a quote, Cory, or your own impression of how it works here in Australia?
Like most Australians I am ashamed of how 'our' government treats refugees. To claim it's a result of currying favour with racist voters is akin to saying the same about the US and Guantanamo Bay. Which, by extrapolation, declares each country to be predominantly occupied by racists.
#4 By: Itsumishi, December 24th, 2013 19:35
Whilst Australia has been treating asylum seekers worse than we treat our cattle for decades, with each election seeming to consist of a race to the bottom on the issue; the Abbott Government has been stooping to all new lows. Not only are they fighting to bring back some of the truly draconian measures introduced under our last Liberal* Prime Minister, they've shut down as many information sources, and potential leaks of information as possible since recently coming to power. This has included sacking the independent board that reports on asylum seeker health matters to the government; they claim this was introduced "because they were ineffective" but the truth is they don't want media leaks about how truly terrible we're treating people that come to our nation seeking refuge.
I truly hope Scott Morrison's time in the role is short and that whoever replaces him actually holds a shred of decency. Alas, considering I've been attending protests about these issues for more than half my life, I'm not feeling to hopeful.
*The Australian Liberal Party is liberal in name only, they're the major conservative party in our political spectrum.
#5 By: Dan Gordon, December 24th, 2013 19:42
It's not really a stretch, either in the case of Australia's asylum policies, or in the case of Guantanamo, to infer that racism plays a key part in the level of support. Not that supporters would acknowledge that, of course, but can we really imagine that refugees would be subjected to the same treatment if they were British people fleeing for their lives?
#6 By: Stuart Anderson, December 24th, 2013 22:48
Australia is not going to open its doors to everyone in exactly the same way that racist America maintains border control with Mexico.
#7 By: Cam R, December 24th, 2013 22:53
Straw man? Different issues as one is asylum seekers, the other not.
#8 By: pixelwhip, December 24th, 2013 23:28
As an Australian, to the rest of the world (& exp. to the detainees) I am so sorry.. I didn't vote for this government nor would wish this kind of treatment upon any refugee. (Here in Australia, the government prefers to refer to them as 'Illegal immigrants'.
#9 By: King_Rocket, December 25th, 2013 02:28
I'm Australian and Cory seems right on the money in my opinion. Anybody I know that supports these policies and the party behind them are usually closed minded racist bigots.
These tactics are clearly not meant to appeal to any right thinking people.
#10 By: Itsumishi, December 25th, 2013 08:12
There is a big difference between "opening borders" and filling our moral and legal obligations to asylum seekers. We could for example, allow asylum seekers to live in the community on a parole like basis. This is what most of the world does, and it is what Australia did until 1992. Even if the odd person that was found to not be a genuine refugee decided to try and escape the authorities and avoid deportation, the money required to track them down would be minuscule compared to the absurd amount we spend on treating mostly innocent and persecuted people like they're piles of shit.
#11 By: Stuart Anderson, December 25th, 2013 09:09
The issue with that is exactly the same as with Mexican illegals in America, in both cases they are coming to a place with a better economic outlook than the one they left.
#12 By: Stuart Anderson, December 25th, 2013 09:35
Ever since Tampa and the children overboard affair politicians have seen very clearly what the electorate thinks. The fact of the matter is no party that is weak on border protection is ever going to win an election now - so good luck trying to get a roll-back to pre-9/11 levels of brown person acceptance.
#13 By: Immutable Michael, December 25th, 2013 14:13
A very useful way to spend time over Christmas, especially when compared to just hanging our heads in shame.
If you want to do something else about this, please get behind the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
#14 By: Itsumishi, December 25th, 2013 15:23
Like I said above. I'm not hopeful, but it certainly doesn't help when
people continue to sprout the same misinformation politicians and the
Murdoch press have used to paint the issue as one of economic opportunism.
#15 By: Kimmoth, December 25th, 2013 20:39
When Pauline Hanson popped her stupid head up she alerted that arch-scumbag John Howard to the level of racist xenophobia that had persisted through the Whitlam/Hawke/Keating leadership effort in the other direction, and that was it.
Ever since, our scumbag pollies of either stripe have been playing to the bogans in Western Sydney (with Rupert fucking Murdoch fanning the flames of ignorant stupidity), because that's the most crucial marginal electorate in the country.
Decency's old hat.
Edit: can't forget Whitlam.
#16 By: gilbert wham, December 25th, 2013 20:58
The sooner that hideous old Lizard-fucker karks it, the better for the world as we know it. Definitely your worst export mate (and I'm including Fosters in that assessment).
#17 By: Kimmoth, December 25th, 2013 21:03
An export? I thought that was a life-saving Murdochectomy.
Unfortunately, he seems to have metastasised...
#18 By: gilbert wham, December 25th, 2013 21:10
More like that hideous thing that eats crab's nervous systems than a cancer, only he does governments.
#19 By: Kimmoth, December 25th, 2013 21:13
Yeesh, I'm not sure exactly what you're referring to there, but I'm pretty sure I don't want to know, as long as it sticks to crabs.
#20 By: gilbert wham, December 25th, 2013 21:15
It's not pretty. I mean, yadda, yadda, 'terrifying Australian fauna' jokes and all, but no. You don't. It also ruins perfectly delicious crabs, so it does impinge on humans somewhat.
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