John Atkinson Grimshaw
A Moonlit Lane (1874)
The entire Australian mainland has been excised from the migration zone in a bid to deter the arrival of asylum seekers. Up until now, asylum seekers who reached the mainland by boat could not be sent offshore to Nauru or Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island for immigration processing. The change strips away any legal advantage for asylum seekers who reach the mainland.
The bill was supported by the Opposition, which says it is almost identical to legislation put forward by the Howard government in 2006, but the Greens predict the next generation of Australian politicians will be apologising for it. The Government, which is dealing with an increasing number of boats arrivals, says it is a deterrence measure.
Greens amendments to allow for Human Rights Commission inspections, media access, and the removal of children from the Manus Island centre, all failed to pass. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the bill will do nothing to stop people arriving by boat.
“It is going to cost people’s lives and damage people who are already suffering from such harm, this is a bad piece of legislation, an immoral piece of legislation,” she said. ”[It is] not looking at why people are seeking asylum in the first place what is driving them to leave their countries. Deterrence has not and will not work.”
Lawd… um. I find this difficult to talk about.
I see the truth in what you are saying, but I still can’t shake the idea that all of it is self-imposed, and that the only way to become better is to deal with it personally. It might be irrational or selfish or unrealistic, whatever, but that’s what it is.
Thank you for mentioning this though, whoever you are. Maybe someday. If it ever comes to a point when it feels like I am putting myself or others in danger, then I trust myself to act.
I don’t know what’s happening at the moment.
Yell Saccani - Blue (2011)
A Voice for Values (by which we mean ‘cats’)
In their own words,
“the ACL aims to foster a more compassionate and just society by encouraging inclusivity, actively working against oppression of all kinds, and disseminating cat .gifs wherever they may be needed.”
I still love dogs moar, but the brilliance of our feline comrades must be appreciated.
John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) was a Victorian-era painter, notable for his moonlit scenes and landscapes.
The Strider in the Rain