According to Labor, the 95,000 seeking asylum by plane is a ‘crisis’. However, the influx was enabled by Dutton’s complete misuse of the processing system.
The ongoing crisis at Manus is not just an issue that needs solving, it is also a slash across the face of the Australia we grew up idolising.
If we do the maths of the Paladin deal, it costs the Australian taxpayer 56 times more to house the refugees on Manus than it would here.
Despite the rhetoric, those who seek asylum by boat are often richer and arrive less frequently than those who arrive by plane. There are some marked differences between the two.
I travelled to a refugee camp in Lebanon, a place mostly populated by the children of Palestine. What I saw was hope walking alongside hopelessness.