A Prayer for Syria and Syrian Refugees

A Prayer for Syria and Syrian Refugees

Civil war broke out in Syria in 2011 after the Assad regime resisted the regional movement towards democracy known as “the Arab Spring”. Initially a war between the government and a rebel movement, the rise of ISIS has added a third major party to the conflict....
Three questions for the Prime Minister

Three questions for the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister, I followed with some interest the speeches on Australia’s approach to the refugee crisis that you gave this week in New York. Given you have commended Australia’s approach to the rest of the world, I have a few questions I would like...
How do the parties compare? Asylum seeker and refugee policy

How do the parties compare? Asylum seeker and refugee policy

The world faces a refugee crisis. 20 million people are refugees and another 2 million are seeking asylum. There are three possible solutions for those who are refugees: that they returned home when it becomes safe to do so; that they settle down and build a new life...
Stopping the Boats Has Not Stopped the Deaths. Where’s the evidence?

Stopping the Boats Has Not Stopped the Deaths. Where’s the evidence?

In a number of posts on this site I have made the claim that stopping the boats has not stopped the deaths at sea. But is there a sound basis for claiming this? I believe there is. 1. Stopping the boats has not reduced the demand for protection At present there are 20...

Breathtaking mountains and despairing beyonds. On becoming human

The view is spectacular. Mountains and valleys that extend seemingly without end. The blue haze that gives the mountains their name. Sunlight striking a cliff-face. The rich green foliage of densely packed Australian bush. The vibrant red flower of a Waratah that has...

The dog whistling has begun and it is ugly

So the dog whistling has begun. The Guardian reported both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton claiming that we must keep asylum seekers out of Australia as a matter of national security. That they both...

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