GetUp! have launched a new TV ad featuring Afghan refugee, Riz Wakil, as a counter to the new Tony Abbott ads. So now I ask, what’s your view?
Personally I think its a complex issue that is getting massacred by both sides of politics.
On the one hand, human trafficking is a dangerous and grubby business and it’s not unreasonable for Australians to have concerns about human trafficking and our border security in this age of globalised crime and global terrorism.
But on the other hand, most of the asylum seekers we’ve taken in by boat over the years have turned out to have been genuine refugees who’ve experienced genuine persecution. So the demonisation and long term detention of the many innocents, by us, is just plain unconscionable.
Moreover, when more than 90 per cent of asylum seekers still arrive by plane it’s a bit of a lark that so much of the focus is on boat people. There’s some myths that need exposing here.
What to do?
So, what to do? I think we all need to start listening to one another more actively. I think we need to start asking the question, how can we protect our way of life in such a way that we protect our way of life? How can we guard against criminals without committing crimes against genuine victims?