29 December 2010  Unleashed ABC au

What really lies behind refugee policy

Tad Tietze is a public hospital psychiatrist who works in Sydney. He co-runs the blog Left Flank, and he tweets as @Dr_Tad.

Comments (481)

Black ops :
  • 01 Jan 2011 2:57:02pm

    Speaking of refugees, we now have many of them in Queensland, I had a warm fuzzy feeling when both Prime Minister Gillard and Premier Bligh announced their respective governments would provide one million dollars for relief.

    So I want to ask, where is the 'compassionate left' regarding what is truly an insult to all Queenslanders affected by the floods and Australian taxpayers, whom these governments are suppose to represent.

Ture Sjolander :
      • 02 Jan 2011 12:27:36pm

        One million dollar is not of a biblical proportion regardless of Left or Right. Compassion is the first to subside, and a one million dollars may be like a piss in the ocean.

Ture Sjolander :
      • 31 Dec 2010 5:54:12pm

        "The problem with the 200+ comments is that they"
        "Workers of the world unite, stop working".
        It was actually a book published with that title too, and it was proven right.
        Stop Working, did work for a better society.

          • Ture Sjolander :

            31 Dec 2010 10:40:04pm

            The World (western anyhow) should look the same if all people was working half-time, and even if all people got a kinda birth-right basic citizen-salary.
            The pollution would be less too in the cities.
            Most people don't really work they are just "stored" in buildings, to get some order in high populated areas.

                • Ture Sjolander :

                  02 Jan 2011 11:48:43am

                  Some people are working, some people are working hard, some people are working smart.
                  The term often used: I'm a hard working family man" is quite a grim one! Some people NEED to work Hard and some are forced to work hard.

                  But let's go back to the "stop the boats" again:

                  So what did the minister said? Yes or No or what?

        Ture Sjolander :
        • 29 Dec 2010 2:08:09pm

          From A to B and back again.
          That is almost the same when some crackpots are talking about a multicultural Fire Brigade, when one should talk about a multicultural Parliament.

            • Observer :

              29 Dec 2010 6:36:37pm

              We simply aren't ready to cope with extra people we haven't planned on having in this country atm. There are too many shortages of essential infrastucture, and that pushes up the prices of accessing them. Then more of our own people miss out on the basics. We need to do more than just catch up to the demand, we need to get ahead of it, even if it devalues existing (housing) stock. Perceived inequality is the compost pit for civil unrest.

                • Ture Sjolander :

                  29 Dec 2010 9:24:43pm

                  How many "of our own people" is it in Australia?
                  Give us a number, please.
                  Total 22 million and...who are the "we" of them?