Cring­ing from a dis­tance

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

As I re­cently trav­elled in Europe, it was mor­ti­fy­ing in­deed to watch and lis­ten from afar the weasel-worded and ethics-free con­tor­tions from politi­cians of all stripes in Aus­tralia con­cern­ing the will-the-Nauru-kids-be­brought-here (or not). Es­pe­cially when Europe faces an im­mi­gra­tion/refugee prob­lem on a scale unimag­in­able by our own ex­pe­ri­ence. The last-minute ca­pit­u­la­tion by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment reeked of hyp­o­crit­i­cal cyn­i­cism. Ex­cuse me Mr Dut­ton, the rea­son you changed your mind on this is be­cause it has proved to be too ex­pen­sive? Who in­deed would have thought the Mur­doch press would be an in­stru­ment in all this. What new, toxic or con­tentious is­sue will this or­gan­i­sa­tion take up, to our ul­ti­mate mo­ral and eth­i­cal cost, un­til suf­fi­cient pres­sure from the wider and braver com­mu­nity (read the vot­ers) has them crawl­ing back from the brink. From 15,000 kilo­me­tres away, it was em­bar­rass­ing in­deed to be an Aussie. Per­haps if Mr Bea­z­ley (and us) had shown some in­testi­nal for­ti­tude over the Tampa we wouldn’t find our­selves in this swamp.

– Paul Fuller, Rich­mond, Vic

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