Tony Abbott Causes Everything

Yet another ship carrying illegal immigrants sinks in the Indian Ocean. Somehow this is Tony Abbott’s fault, or George Bush’s or John Howard’s, or something. Even though the boats had slowed to a stop under the Howard government. Michelle Grattan gives a perfect demonstration of why the Age is in such a parlous state: It’s …

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On The Persistent Promulgation Of Platitudes

It is a tad disappointing that church leaders trot out the same bland comments about illegal immigrants year after year. You might hope that if all they can up with is platitudes, they could at least try to find some new ones. But no. This year, yet again, we heard that Jesus was a refugee, and that …

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Is The Age Finally Seeing the Light?

Although The Age is a left leaning paper, I was a regular reader up until a few years ago. I am not sure what changed, but it seemed to me that The Age was no longer content with giving people the news and then saying ‘This is what we think about it.’ Instead ‘what we think …

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Prudence, Refugees and the NBN

Firstly, apologies for the lack of posts over the last six weeks. I won’t bore you by explaining what the problem was. Let’s just hope that 2011 is more restful year! I have been thinking lately about the seven virtues, and in particular, the first of the cardinal virtues, prudence. Prudence is sometimes portrayed as …

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Refugees and Holidaymakers

This story is a couple of days old now, but it has been hectic at work, and I have not had time to post anything the last few days. Or to play World of Warcraft either, which really shows just how busy it was! The Toronto Sun reports that 71% of Tamils who were granted …

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Nasty Canadians Don’t Want Illegal Immigrants

If the Tamil asylum seekers thought they were going to have an easier run in Canada than in Australia, they may be in for an unpleasant surprise. A poll of 1500 Canadians reported in the Toronto Sun turned up this result: Asked which statement best described their own opinion on what should be done with …

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