No thanks to Murdoch
Reading Mike Seccombe’s excellent article on the politics of removing children from Nauru (“How Murdoch got the kids off Nauru”, November 3–9) was a reminder that the inhuman policy of offshore detention could not have lasted so long without the backing of the Murdoch media. Imagine if News Corp had opposed the policy from the start and pointed out the immorality, the waste of lives, the trashing of conventions Australia had signed, and finally the sheer cost of a political race to the bottom – how long would offshore detention have lasted? The only reason we have been blighted with such an obscene piece of political theatre is thanks to Murdoch backing a truly lousy episode in this country’s history.
– John Gleeson, Lower Plenty, Vic