It is national disgrace that this countries politians cannot come up with a real way to save the lives of hundreds of people. Nearly 100 people have DIED this week trying to escape persecution. 100 people. DEAD. It makes me cry -out of anger and frustration that the focus seems to be on stopping the boats.
Let the boats come.The amount of asylum seekers we accept is appalling by world standards
Let us find a way to safely house people while their applications are processed.
There is no queue, in some countries there is not even a functioning government.
The overwhleming majority of people seeking asylum in Australia arrive each year by plane.
A few hundred arrive by boat.
The fact that there are young children on these boats surely just demonstrates the desperation of their parents. Imagine how desperate you would have to be, how bad things are in your home country to get on a boat with your small children. Imagine how frightened you would be?
And to the politians: you don't get to have your 6 weeks Winter break until you fix this horrifc mess. Fix it permanently. Fix it in a way that ensures our fellow human beings are treated in a way that does not abuse their human rights.
Just let them stay.