Hate Divides. Empathy Unites.

This post was started on the day after the horrific attack in New Zealand. It was then entitled "Jacinda Ardern and Fraser Anning: their messages … our response". Since then, there has been much social comment and media coverage in relation to the use of language and the attitudes that demonstrate a distinct contrast between …

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FROM ‘innocents drowning’ TO ‘menace at the gates’

When we saw them floundering in the water as the debris of the pathetic vessels floated around them, Australians were motivated to prevent more innocent people from losing their lives by drowning. But now they're not people floundering. They are evil with destructive intent. An entity that requires ever-increasing "border protection" to prevent the infiltration …

Empathy Failure

Today is a public holiday in Australia to celebrate the nation. Last year I wrote this post in relation to the arrival of people on the shores of this country. I stand by it today. Each year non-indigenous Australians learn more about the impact on our First Nation's people of celebrating a day that means …

Kerryn Phelps condemns offshore detention in maiden speech

Just minutes ago, the new federal member for Wentworth delivered her first speech to the Australian parliament. And the words she spoke are ones that many want to hear within those walls from those representing the major political parties. "I cannot be an idle bystander to the reports of the shocking mental and physical state …

New Minister for Immigration – time for a change in policy as well as personnel

It's no surprise that Peter Dutton today placed his personal ambition ahead of his responsibilities to the mega-ministerial role he orchestrated for himself. Perhaps some politicians lobby for a portfolio that covers immigration, national security, law enforcement, emergency management, transport security and border control because they feel they have much to offer the Australia population in …

Australia Day

A few hundred years ago, a group of Europeans took a treacherous boat journey. Some to find a new beginning, some to live a life of punishment for having to do desperate things to feed their families. When their boats reached the shores of a distant territory, people were already there. Living on the land … …