Sacha Bermudez-Goldman | 21 April 2009If we regard asylum seekers as illegals who burn boats to force themselves on us, we might choose to close our doors to them. Rather than criminals, we should regard them as human beings in great need, deserving our respect and compassion.
David Holdcroft | 21 April 2009During the Indochinese crisis, the Fraser Government engaged in a policy of cooperation with other countries in the region. More than a million people were moved, and the boat people phenomenon in Australia ceased for nearly ten years.
Kerry Murphy | 17 April 2009The tragic death of several asylum seekers on a boat while being towed
to Christmas Island again shows the dangers for people coming to
Australia by boat. But it does not
justify a return to the harsh policies of the past.
Oskar Wermter | 30 January 2009A young
man, well educated, with several diplomas in his pocket, pestered me about getting funds to do a course in South
Africa. Not because he needs that course, but merely to get out of
Zimbabwe. The rats are leaving the ship.
John Kleinsman | 21 September 2010The debate about euthanasia arises only in certain societies that see the world as
belonging to those who are independent, strong and productive. In a society in which the sick, dying,
disabled and elderly are undervalued, the 'right' to die will all too
quickly become a 'duty' to die.