Thursday, May 12, 2005


The Australians, generally, have a well enlightened view of the world, when it comes to matters of freedom and the policy of mandatory detention of refugees and asylum seekers.

The main thrust of the argument against detention is that the Federal Government should abandon its heartless policy of incarcerating people suspected of being in Australia illegally, because it is basically inhumane.

This view is supported by the refugee advocates throughout the land.

Writing in The Advertiser newspaper, Rex Jory argues, quite convincingly, that denying freedom to people who have committed no crime offends the basic Australian sense of justice and fair play.

In other words, it could be argued that even if the policy of mandatory detention is legally and politically sound, it is morally wrong.
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