As the debate about Australia’s policies on and response to asylum seekers becomes more ugly – again – it is good to heed the words of Church people like Peter Arndt, Camilla Cowley anhd John Ferguson (page 1).
And if, as we follow the arguments of politicians, media commentators and talkback callers, we feel our hearts being hardened and opinions swayed, we need to keep reminding ourselves that we are talking about people just like us, fleeing from situations that we cannot imagine.
Keeping in mind photos such as our page-one image showing three children in detention in Indonesia may help. Calls for a tough stance against asylum seekers affect people such as these children and their families.
We can ask ourselves if we could be the one turning them away, and if we could accompany them back to the lands they have fled and spend some time with them there, learning what they fear.
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