Some sense

The storm surrounding Kevin Rudd and his admission about ETS negotiations within the Labour Party has drowned out the good sense he talked about refugees last night on Q & A. Asked a question about asylum seeker policy, Kevin’s reaction was to say “let’s put this into context …” And he did – 42 million people worldwide who are refugees, people fleeing violence and strife, with no home.

Let’s repeat those – no home, 42 million.

He called it what it is – a humanitarian emergency that we need to deal with as a global community, where we work together to protect and serve the members of our human family who are most vulnerable. If only we heard this more often from political leaders, our community attitude towards refugees and asylum seekers might not be so bogged down in fear and untruthfulness. The context, the real issues, and the human stories get lost in the barrage of insults about queue jumpers and border protection and let’s face it, plain old selfishness and xenophobia.

As is often the case, it is those who are most vulnerable who very often get hurt the most, and in Australia, we are a long way from a mature public approach to migration and people movement. I wonder if we’ll ever get there?

Others following the former PM’s lead on this one would help.

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3 Comments on “Some sense”

  1. Muzz Says:

    As usual, the media likes to focus on internal politiking instead of policies and substance.

    Sigh

  2. Paddy Cullen Says:

    42 million people fleeing hunger or violence –
    And we demonise them or let them suffer in silence – We could easily triple our intake here in Australia -Not to do this would be a huge moral failure –

  3. Andrew Says:

    There is some useful information on this page, thanks for sharing it.

    How funny people are, it seems that it is impossible to please everyone, thank god we can go on line and have our say as we feel.


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