Several civilised actions by Labor on refugees


New Immigration Minister Chris Evans makes a good start

Bob Gould

It’s not exactly a socialist revolution, but in an effective if piecemeal way the Rudd Labor government is wrapping some of the nastiest remnants of the Howard government’s demagogic, chauvinist refugee policy.

A few days ago some Afghan refugees who were stuck on the Indonesian island of Lombok since being deported there by the Howard government were approved as refugees and given permission to to enter Australia.

Today, the Sydney media report that the last group of refugees, 20 or so Sri Lankans, who had been held on Nauru, have been given refugee status and will be flown immediately to Australia, ending the Howard government’s infamous Pacific Solution, as the detention centre on Nauru is now empty.

There’s more information about these matters on the Refugee Action Committee‘s site.

There’s still a lot of unfinished business on the refugee question and pressure will have to be maintained on the Labor government for civilised outcomes, but this isn’t a bad start.


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One Response to “Several civilised actions by Labor on refugees”

  1. John Says:

    “It’s not exactly a socialist revolution”…priceless. complete and utter demoralisation

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