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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Taking responsibility

Australia's treatment of asylum seekers is an issue I've written about previously and one that causes me great pain. Both Labor and Liberal have failed miserably on this issue. Today Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone defended the policy of locking up children. How enlightened.

The introduction of a private member's bill by a brave Victorian Liberal backbencher, Petro Georgiou, is a welcome sign that maybe, just maybe, the tide is turning on this issue. The ending of mandatory detention is but one of the prerequisites for a humane refugee policy.

The blunders of the Immigration Department, including the locking up of innocent people and forced deportation of Australian citizens, was canvassed during last night's ABC Lateline. Interviewer Tony Jones grilled Vanstone in a way rarely seen in the genteel world of Australian journalism:

Tony Jones: "...There was a time in Australian politics when the head of a department which had overseen a failure at this level might have considered resigning."

Meanwhile, Murdoch minion and potential future Liberal MP, Andrew Bolt, always ready to slam "evil" wherever he finds it (usually on the Left, laughably), appears to have turned into the devil in his latest photo. Check it out. Andrew, squinting towards your proud or inflamed readers is a sure way to channel evil onto the entire Murdoch empire. Perish the thought.


Blogger Shay said...

"the gentile world of Australian journalism"

Is this some Jewish joke that's gone over my head? Or did you mean "genteel".

Thursday, May 26, 2005 11:57:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Thanks. Er yes, although I'd like to say I was making some Jewish joke, I'd be wrong.
I blame my book....

Friday, May 27, 2005 9:11:00 am  

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