Freedom of choice

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In the Fiona Katauskas cartoon, under the subtitle, 'Eight years later', a refugee sits in a prison on an island. Dutton says from outside, 'You don't have to stay locked up here. You're perfectly free to go back home and get locked up there instead.' Blood drips from his hands.



Fiona KatauskasFiona Katauskas' work has also appeared in ABC's The Drum, New Matilda, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies.

Topic tags: Fiona Katauskas, Manus, Nauru, Christmas Island, refugee, offshore detention, asylum, Dutton



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Most, or let’s say all, asylum seekers who are men suffer in detention because they aren’t dead to their flesh. They want the carnality that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates as their right. If the man inside the fence had the mentality of a Desert Father, interested only in experiencing chastity as the instrument to exclude all but God from his life, not only would the freedom from religious oppression in Nauru be heaven to him, but his example might bring heaven to Nauru, for his gaolers and for the Nauruans. And if God decides that henceforth, every male on a leaky boat which tests Operation Sovereign Borders will be a contemporary Desert Father, the man with the ruddy hands will have a policy problem with overseas quarantines happy with men with no contingency, especially now that food and shelter are assured, but to live daily with God, within a personal sovereign border which excludes the knotted wants which everyone else who isn’t fully dead to the flesh will have. The question, then, is why modernists, in their howls for married clergy, would want to deprive our present and future Catholic priests of that sovereign border.

roy chen yee | 28 July 2021  


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