Cringing from a distance
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