Australia closes its borders. To everyone.

Dear Prime Minister,

Today's report of your "tough new stand on immigration" reveals the source of your and Australia's inhumanity to refugees. You use innuendo and negative stereotyping to imply that people who come to Australia either as refugees or immigrants are determined to be criminal, diseased, lazy and greedy. You inflame the paranoid feelings of a minority who delude themselves that their idea of a fixed, closed Australia which they can control is their right.

All of us except Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders are migrants or descendants of migrants. Out of the other side of your mouth you would claim that Australia is 'great' because of the people who arrived in the last 230 years. Yet now you want to block entry to the very people who would add energy, creativity and wealth to Australia. Federal officials warn

The proposed reforms could undermine Australia’s social cohesion and potentially increase the risk factors that may lead to violent extremism by creating a two-tier society where migrants are treated substantially differently to Australian citizens.
— Katharine Murphy,

I want to leave in a peaceful, outward-looking Australia. Your proposals will create the opposite.