Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

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

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