Here are Julian Burnsides qualifications, areas of expertise, experience etc- also his contact details if you need them. As I said I'd love to see his response if you get one?
Last edited by Atropos; 11-04-2014 at 06:54.
Also, do you really think no boats will ever come again John? Truly? Even after the Tampa tow backs and the pacific solution, the boats returned. Surely it's prudent to find better ways of helping these people when they do.
And the UNHCR itself hasn't really said peep about this in the past couple of months.But while some international law experts are certain the Australian government is breaking laws, international bodies are more cautious.
As well as being unethical, closed detention strikes me as bad policy, even for this govt. More generally, govt actions that violate the principle of habeas corpus should disturb everyone, no matter what they think about asylum seeker policy.
So now we have the cruel irony that the boats have again been stopped but to keep them stopped we need to maintain the current policy, even in the absence of any more "boat people".
Today's Nielsen poll gives a 2PP lead for Labor of 52-48, based almost entirely on a rise in the Green vote.
I am disinclined to read too much into any individual poll, and a 17% primary for the Greens may well owe something to sampling error, although a genuine disenchantment with both major parties is probably real as well.
But if we look at the aggregate picture of the polls over the past several months it would seem the govt and opposition are probably level-pegging.
The Nielsen poll asked specifically about both "knights and dames" and changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, and on both counts these score as negative distractions for Abbott. Expect a serious watering-down of Brandis's "okay to be bigots" amendment before it is presented to Parliament.
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