This is a very good post by an old friend.
For a few years now, people have been coming by boat from various countries via Indonesia to an Australian territory, Christmas Island. They have sought asylum in Australia because they are refugees from places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka. Their numbers are miniscule as compared to those who arrive by air who then seek asylum. The Labor Party tried the humanitarian approach by allowing the refugees to come to the Australian mainland where their applications were processed to determine whether they were genuine refugees. Not surprisingly, the numbers seeking asylum increased. So, also, did the numbers who drowned when their leaky boats sank.
The Opposition party used these increased numbers to make political capital so that the Labor government was forced to try to stem the flow by denying the refugees entry to Australia, and shuffling them off to anywhere that would take them, including Nauru and…
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