In recent days, Australian public discourse has found itself covering the latest development in the ongoing ‘debate’ surrounding the arrival of what is variously described as refugees, asylum seekers, or illegal immigrants (the terminology used essentially evidencing your particular take on the matter). The Expert Panel, chaired by the former Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, a man for whom I have enormous respect, has delivered its report and recommendations on how best to proceed in addressing this issue of refugees, asylum seekers, or illegal immigrants.
Having read the report, and having listened to what passes for political debate, I am left with the distinct impression that nothing has changed and that we will continue to treat these human beings as a problem to be solved rather than as human beings needing care and compassion. The only possible difference is that we have a report from an Expert Panel as the basis from which our nation now works.
Still not good enough!!