Yesterday the Australian Government handed back asylum seekers on a boat heading for Australia back to Shri Lanka. They were fleeing Shri Lanka. The handing back of the refugees was done in mid ocean between an Australian navy vessel and a Shri Lankan government boat. They now face jail terms and possible torture. Shri Lanka is known of having committed war crimes against the Tamil rebels. The refugees on the boat were almost all Tamils.
A group of lawyers have now been successful in seeking and getting an injunction against the government stopping another boat of 153 refugees on a boat getting the same inhumane treatment from this dreadful government.
It seems that Australia will stop at nothing in inflicting as much harm, pain, misery and inhumanity on refugees as possible. The excuse is that it will stop people from drowning. They conveniently use the excuse of inhumane and dreadful demonising of defenceless people in order to gain political scores in also exploiting overt xenophobia amongst many Australians. However, a tipping point seems to now have been reached.
A revulsion is now gripping this country and the international community seems to be aghast on what Australia is doing. A previous Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser is comparing what the present Government is doing to what the Jewish boat people experienced just after WW2. He is close to the mark.
It all begs whether Australia is really a country still worthwhile residing in. We have been away for some weeks and it was glorious. All of a sudden there were people around us with compassion and humanity, an understanding and empathy for refugees. A world away from the mundane and irrelevance. We liked it and are considering our options.
Our children and grandchildren are here which is a significant factor for staying,.., but against that, the horrible daily intrusion of realising that my parents migrated to a country that is not what it used to be. It has lost its humanity. Its lights have been switched off. That is the problem!
What to do next?