Julian Burnside

Just as dead

Dear Prime Minister,

Stopping refugee boats arriving is not a self-evident good. It might stop people drowning inconveniently in view of Australians at Christmas Island. But if they do not get on a boat and are, instead, killed by the Taliban they are just as dead as if they drowned. The real difference is that our conscience is not troubled by their un-noted death somewhere else.
— Julian Burnside

Australia's policy towards boat arrivals is a sham, is illegal, is immoral, is exorbitant and is lethal. Bring all detainees on Manus and Nauru to safety and freedom now.