The Drum ABC Australia
20 December 2010

Enough with the politics on asylum seekers

 by Bruce Haigh

"The most recent tragedy to befall the minority class of refugees known as, boat borne asylum seekers, has brought home the absolute bankruptcy, both moral and practical, of the policy and politics surrounding the needs of these desperate people.

Neither of the two major parties in this country have the intellectual capacity or emotional maturity to develop a sustainable response to the phenomena of abused individuals taking the initiative, with limited funds, in order to avoid becoming long-term victims and supplicants."

"I have been dealing with issues surrounding refugees since 1972 and those issues and the needs associated with them have not changed."

Bruce Haigh is a political commentator and was a diplomat and member of the refugee review tribunal.

Comments (23)

Ture Sjolander :

20 Dec 2010 12:17:10pm

Bruce, will you instead give us all your action plan how to completely solve this problem?
As you have looked at this problems since 1972.

Here is the microphone, please go ahead and tell us.

I have been there, at Christmas Island 1997 and 2001 I suggested the Australian gov to build this detention center. It is very well documented on the internet and in the gov own internet files.

I am not looking for the credit but now it is time to put an end to useless conversations and politics to get this matters in order. No one have yet proposed anything of value up to date.
So Bruce what is your alternative?

                 TURE  SJOLANDER 

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