Robert Manne: Slow death

Slow death

Deterrents and resettlement may be the only way to break the asylum-seeker gridlock

BY ROBERT MANNE

The Monthly – 22 October 2015

‘For many years Australia’s asylum-seeker debate, or, more exactly, the debate over those asylum seekers who reach our shores by boat, has been in gridlock. The besetting sin of the opponents of these asylum seekers is a willingness to inflict unnecessary cruelty; the besetting sin of their supporters political unrealism. Unless somehow this gridlock can be broken, the principal victims will be the 1500 people who have been marooned for two years or more on Nauru and Manus Island.’

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