“Stop the boats”, they brayed.
Stop them they did – but at a massive, immeasurable, soul-defining cost.
Thankfully today, we have the historic news that things are set to change, as Australia’s cruel detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island has been ruled illegal by a Papua New Guinea Supreme Court.
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This means both governments “” – which means the first steps are being taken towards ending Australia’s abusive and inhumane treatment of our desperate neighbours.
I’m appalled that it took the leaders of another country to force our politicians’ hands.
And am I the only one who finds it ironic that a with far less resources than us, took a long hard look at our “processing” system for refugees and effectively said “C’mon guys, that’s a bit rough”?
But back to those boats – let’s call a spade a spade here. The boats were’t exactly stopped, but rather detoured to an inhospitable place.
Surely the hundreds of millions of dollars the Federal Government has been spending on the day-to-day running of the island could go towards re homing refugees in a more humane fashion?
An Air BnB account for refuges springs to mind – that way, not only are you helping the Aussie economy by pouring funds back into tax-payer pockets, but then these people get a real taste of our way life.
It would help them assimilate easily into our culture and they’d quickly get to know their local community. Maybe the government could even supply some language courses (Reading Eggs is doing wonders for my 5-year-old daughter at the moment and that’s run by the ABC, so there’d be no additional outlay).
That’s not even mentioning the amount of empty houses that are sitting empty throughout regional Australia due to the mining collapse. If we repopulate these areas with incoming asylum seekers, then regional Australia could start to show some signs of life again. These new Australians could be helping to rebuild beautiful, forgotten areas of our country.
Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself, though.
All that matters right now is that finally, common sense has prevailed. It has been a shameful period in Australia’s history and I for one am glad we are starting a new chapter.
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