Australia's 20 year search for the right asylum policy
25 June 2012
Last week's tragedy of another mass loss of life at sea between Indonesia and Christmas Island focuses our minds yet again on an intractable public policy problem for Australia – our search for a coherent, workable and moral asylum policy. Decent offshore processing wherever it might occur is no solution unless there be a regional commitment to regional resettlement for those proved to be refugees. If there not be a regional commitment to regional resettlement, those found to be refugees will still be guaranteed a first-world migration outcome and that will not stop the boats, says Fr Frank Brennan SJ in a speech published in Eureka Street. Read more....