Friday, 21 February 2014

Three interesting opeds on the issue of asylum seekers

In Building Australia Drag0nista, aka Paula Matthewson, argues that Australia should abandon it's current draconian policy to asylum seekers and instead open the door. She argues the $2 billion saved could then be used to fund the infrastructure our growing cities need.

In The logic of PNG policy is sanctioned horror Waleed Aly says we shouldn't be outraged at the death on an Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island this week because tragedy was an inevitable outcome of Australia's current policy.

In Critiquing the open borders policy Mark Fletcher argues an open border policy is unfair on those who are unable to buy passage to country like Australia and must instead languish in a refugee camp for 17 years.

What do I think? I don't know, this is a complex area. Each of the above put forward valid arguments. Our current policy shames us though.

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