At this site we say a lot about the rubbish that gets written in our media. We often dismiss The Australian (with the notable exception of contributors like MegaGeorge) as tired, agenda-driven and more concerned with the partisan horse race than genuine analysis. Which is why I feel the need to say this:
Read Peter van Onselen’s column on asylum seekers. I’m not quoting any of it. Read the whole thing. It’s very good.
(Thanks to reader Dave Gaukroger.)
We should not, and must not, apologise for treating the world’s most disadvantaged people with compassion. And don’t forget that it is never illegal for a person to enter our country – via land or sea – in search of freedom from persecution. In fact, it’s our responsibility as a stable, wealthy land.
If we are going to have a debate, let’s debate facts, not the fear-based fantasy.