As one of the Labor party refugee advocates referred to by Brad Chilcott in Possibility before Protest on the Chifley Research Centre website, I share his dream that: “ … many thousands of refugees and other migrants arrive safely in Australia every year to be welcomed …”. In fact, I find myself agreeing with much of what he argues on the primary outcomes of a successful Platform chapter on Migration and Refugees. Further, the elements he describes which make up a truly compassionate policy demonstrate that we share the same values. See the full article here
Pauline Brown is the Membership Secretary of Labor for Refugees Victoria. Formerly a Careers Counsellor in government, TAFE, university and secondary school, she is a volunteer Education Adviser at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and a member of the Macedon Ranges Rural Australians for Refugees.
The Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) comments on the recent Brad Chilcott article –
“Chilcott cites the latest opinion polls as evidence that winning the argument to welcome boats of refugees is just not possible.”
“The refugee movement is building again. Essential Poll found that 49% of Australians agreed that ‘Asylum seekers arriving by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia if they are found to be genuine refugees’. 15,000 people turned out to this year’s Palm Sunday rally, the number of organisations and institutions backing the rally close to doubled, new refugee rights groups are springing up all the time.”