Excerpt: "For those of us who oppose the torture of children (did I just write that? Yes, yes I did) these are dark times. Our public debate has become so debauched that it now seems possible that the government of our nation will deport babies born in this country – who should be Australian citizens – to a foreign hell-hole where sexual abuse is rife, and where we know that indefinite detention is akin to torture."
"The “drownings” argument has been an effective weapon for politicians seeking to exploit community fear and prejudice for political gain. It has been so effective that it has banished any semblance of sensitivity, nuance or even sanity in the immigration debate."
And so today, when we read Premier Andrews letter to the PM offering sanctuary which Premier Baird has supported, we see the outcome of this vilification in action. "Bleeding heart leftists" "cheap stunt" "empty grandstanding" and so on.
Some people will have taken on board the manipulative fear mongering and be genuinely concerned about asylum seekers. Others will be overwhelmed by the proliferation of negative comments from LNP trolls who'll be out in force trying to drown out any rational conversation or support for Andrews.
The trolls are there to discredit, undermine and spread confusion by mocking and questioning Andrews' motives. They'll belittle with seemingly rational
short, punchy, memorable slogans. On closer reflection however, the slogans aren't worth the time they've taken to copy and paste.
As +Dave Bath
noted on another post:
"Calling Dan Andrews' letter a pointless gesture shows ignorance of the power of gestures and disobedience. The open letter is an act of political or civil disobedience. It is not in the league of nailing theses objecting to papist practice to a cathedral door, not in the league of walking many miles to the sea to make salt, not in the league of sitting in the whites only area of a bus, but it is still an act of defiance and moral conviction against the powers that be.
Grandstanding? How else to create the buzz that can make a turning point? It is a rallying cry from someone who cannot be easily dismissed.
Mike Baird, the LNP premier of NSW is now standing with Andrews. Turnbull will never be gifted a better opportunity to stand up to the evil in his party."
and from +Michael Tucker
" My guess is that by writing the letter to the PM, Andrews is foxing out his own party to take an empathic stance.
Either someone knows something about these refugees that we don't and won't own up, or bring them into Oz and support them."
Andrews has, in effect, thrown down the gauntlet to the Turnbull Government, and Labor at the Federal level. Of equal importance, he's made an opportunity for others to follow his lead. He's chosen to show an ethical stance, taking into account our legal and moral obligations for asylum seekers, which too many others have shunned as of no consequence, and irrelevant. Hopefully he's opened the door for a more rational, nuanced discussion about asylum seekers and indefinite detention, which is well overdue.
...http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/premier-mike-baird-and-victorian-premier-daniel-andrews-tell-malcolm-turnbull-they-will-take-asylum-seekers-20160206-gmnhxt.html #babies #asylumseekers #indefinitedetention #danielandrews #mikebaird