Here is a copy of an email I have just sent to Chris Bowen:
As a concerned citizen I’d like to pass on my opinions of the High Court
asylum seeker ruling.
I believe that this is a golden opportunity for the Government to get on the
front foot and take a giant stride forward on the treatment of asylum seekers
instead of following the descending spiral of xenophobia that the “Howard Way”
Is there any reason why asylum seekers who arrive by boat can’t be treated in
the same manner as asylum seekers who arrive by plane? What are the objections
to having asylum seekers live in the community while being processed? I know
they cannot collect benefits from the Government so the whingeing about them
taking the taxpayers money is unfounded.
I understand that it is extremely difficult for the Government to get
positive coverage of their agenda with the media hell bent on regime change, but
you have stuck to your guns with the Carbon Tax…why can’t you do the right
thing with asylum seekers? I know it is a hot button issue with some sectors of
the community, but frankly these types of people are not going to vote for you
any way having swallowed the Tony Abbott kool-aid…why not take a stand and be
more humanitarian about it?
The media are not going to give you a good time with it, but the public is
rapidly becoming aware of their failings and I think a wave of disenchantment is
starting to build with news coverage. If you stick to the facts and statistics
and keep hammering them day and night, eventually people will accept that the
boat arrivals are a small fraction of our asylum seeker intake. If you also
keep hammering that it is not illegal to seek asylum it will eventually sink
I firmly believe that now is the time to take a stand and reverse away from
the racist Howard ways of dealing with asylum seekers. We should be processing
them onshore and doing so as rapidly as possible. The racist, xenophobic, NIMBY
section of our society will not be happy with it, but you will bring a lot of
people back into the fold…people who would welcome your return to Labor
principles and cheerfully vote for you once more.
Seriously, at this point what do you have to lose?