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Rohingya women and children on a boat drifting in the Andaman Sea. Tony Abbott said

Rohingya women and children on a boat drifting in the Andaman Sea. Tony Abbott said “nope, nope, nope” to giving them any assistance. Picture: Christophe Archambault / AFP
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We need to face the fact that we are being cruel, selfish and dishonest, and the rest of the world sees it.

Our treatment of asylum seekers is unjust. Like many people, I am profoundly concerned about Justice. Campaigning for the just treatment of boat people has had strange consequences, including death threats and hate mail. I am liked by some people, and loathed by others because I stand up for decent treatment of refugees. It is an uncomfortable thing to be publicly vilified.

At a glamorous social function, the wife of a very senior and respected colleague sidled up to me and asked:

“Do you think it appropriate that a member of the bar speaks publicly about these matters?”

I answered, …

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/julian-burnside-now-is-the-time-to-stand-up-for-justice/story-fnu2q5nu-1227382325010

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