Baby Asha and the political grandstanding of #LetThemStay
Terry Barnes – The Drum – Wed, 24 Feb 2016
“…. instead of crossing the fine line between moral protest and vigilantism, the opponents of border protection and mandatory detention have a golden opportunity to influence the democratic process in this, a federal election year.
“They should use it. In doing so, however, they must respect that a great many of us don’t share their outspoken views, believe deterring people smuggling by harsh measures is painful but necessary, and accept that equality before the law comes before any one individual’s plight, no matter how cute and innocent they may be.
“And if public opinion, as reflected in the election result, endorses the continuation of border protection and mandatory detention policies, opponents should accept that outcome as an expression of democratic will.”
Read the full article here
(It’s also worthwhile reading the comments at the bottom.)