AS THE humanitarian crisis in the Middle East deepens, more and more people are drowning in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach safe haven in Europe. Is it not blatantly obvious that the measures adopted by the Australian governments have completely stopped arrivals by sea? Why can’t the European governments follow the protocols and methods of Australia’s “stop the boats” policy? Our erstwhile Prime Minister has even address European governments laying out the successful policies that “stop the boats”. Rather than exacerbating the crisis through military intervention Australia should extend and expand humanitarian efforts to ameliorate suffering. Meanwhile until the boats on the Mediterranean Sea are successfully stopped the Australian government should, in a humanitarian gesture, resettle Mediterranean “boat people” in Australia’s offshore asylum centres on Manos and Nauru Island, even open a couple of new ones.
Dieter Moeckel, Wonbah