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