Gov­ern­ment in­de­ci­sion

The West Australian - - LETTERS -

Aus­tralia has a proud his­tory in in­ter­na­tional jus­tice is­sues, ex­em­pli­fied by pro­vid­ing peace­keep­ers in some of the world hotspots when re­quired.

Many Aus­tralians would have felt dis­ap­point­ment at the ex­traor­di­nar­ily long time taken by Can­berra in con­sid­er­ing the plight of Ra­haf Alqu­nun.

In con­trast, the Cana­dian Gov­ern­ment ap­peared po­lit­i­cally or­gan­ised, step­ping into the fray to make a de­ci­sive de­ci­sion to ac­cept her.

It ap­pears the UN­HCR with­drew its re­quest for Ms Alqu­nun’s Aus­tralian re­set­tle­ment be­cause of Can­berra’s tar­di­ness in re­spond­ing (World, 14/1).

On the sur­face, it ap­pears that de­ci­sion-mak­ing by gov­ern­ment on Aus­tralian im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies is in tat­ters.

What could have been a ma­jor coup for the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment in cham­pi­oning women’s rights be­fore the whole world was lost be­cause of in­de­ci­sion.

Patrick Bourke, East Vic­to­ria Park

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