John Menadue and Arja Keski-Nummi | The Drum Unleashed, 29 August 2012


Seismic shift in asylum policy exposes ghosts of intolerance

CPD Fellows ask how to best implement the imperfect set of solutions that is the Houston report

While the government has acted wisely in its decision to implement the recommendations of the Houston report in full, such a roll-out will resurrect the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres, signalling a return to Howard-era policies on asylum seekers.

Given the UNHCR’s refusal to co-operate with Nauru and Manus Island, and the Opposition’s determination to cherry-pick the report’s proposals, as suits them politically, “our next best hope is that the Government will use these islands for the shortest time and for as few people as possible.”

The report is a puzzle of pieces and removing one may well prejudice the total package

Access Menadue and Keski-Nummi’s article at the ABC here:

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    The Houston report has returned to off shore processing but the boat flood is still a tidal wave not being stemmed due to Australia not being forceful enough with Indonesia to get them to honour their obligation to stop this illegal boat activity.

    Indonesia does not exist in a media vacuum and just recently Australian media interviewed intending boat people in Indonesia who said they knew that such a boat passage would be more difficult if the Libs came to power. The potential boat people know the total political situation and the current labor laxity. Indonesia know where the boat people are and are doing nothing, they are not even patrolling the Southern Indonesian waters as retired Major Gerneral Jim Molan recently said on Lateline to at least help prevent more tragic drownings.