Now is a good time to reflect on some of the issues that have been raised over the years in relation to so called boat people. It is important to have a clear opinion, whatever your opinion is. In terms of politics, it is so very low to use these situations to an advantage.
To create fear and mistrust in the community. To create fuel for discrimination. It is simply not good. David Marr and Marian Wilkinson's incisive work Dark Victory is certainly worth a look if you have the time and the mind to read something detailed and clear that gives you ample warning about the ways we Australian's may have been manipulated around these issues in the past..
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano of Australia reacts after conceding the first goal to Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
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