My dad drives me nuts on this issue. We have never gotten along well (though we've both been working on it for years) and our political opinions are 180 degrees from each other (he's Liberal, I'm Green).
Last time I stayed there, he came out first thing in the morning and said 321 (or something) more 'boat people' detained this morning (in an angry tone) and how they shouldn't be rescued from leaky boats etc... You what now? Let them DROWN in the ocean? It's like he has no compassion at all. Mum said he'd become obsessed with it lately and it's an every morning update. Drives her nuts as she doesn't agree with his politics and has opposing feelings about refugees, but doesn't say much for fear of making her life worse.
I sent him an email the next day, when I was home, with the whole 'if your life was so bad you chose to get onto said leaky boat to go somewhere better, wouldn't you deserve to be saved from drowning' arguement, and some figures about how most refugees arrive by plane and overstay visas....
I did not get a response. Some people have NO compassion at all. Gee, I wonder why we've never got along?!
Thank goodness my partner's parents have the opposite view.
By the way, I heard something in the news a while ago about an end to mandatory detention for kids especially ~ does anyone know the most recent on this???