Millions of dollars have been paid to asylum seekers in negligence claims due to their mistreatment in detention centres. It’s not a one off, these cases have been happening constantly, under Labor and Liberal. Here's a recent one.
It is ridiculous for Abbott to claim they deserve this treatment because they came here unlawfully, when the way we treat them is unlawful as well.
‘The practical cost of change for the nation up to this point has been cheap. The limited reforms have been obtained at bargain rates. There are no expenses, and no taxes required, for Negroes to share lunch counters, libraries, parks, hotels and other facilities with whites. Even the psychological adjustment is far from formidable’.
Bill Shorten was the subject of rape allegations in the 1980s. Tony Abbott was the subject of indecent assault allegations in the 1980s. I don’t know what my point is, other than to say that Amanda Vanstone's article today - 'Imagine if Tony Abbott had been accused of rape' - sorta ain't a hypothetical.
"When a nation becomes obsessed with the guns of war, it loses its social perspective…. There is something about a war like this that makes people insensitive. It dulls the conscience. It strengthens the forces of reaction, and it brings into being bitterness and hatred and violence."
- Martin Luther King Jr
Dr King was talking about the Vietnam War, but it applies today.
Dr. Martin Luther King reflecting on his “I have a dream” speech, the state of Africans in America, and the Vietnam War.
"I must confess that that dream that I had that day has at many points turned into a nightmare."
This is really important. That fighting for the right to sit at lunch counters and go to the same schools is (relatively) ‘easy’ cause it doesn’t cost the nation anything. Actual solutions to poverty and slums, that costs billions, that’s were the resistance really is.
Symbolic victories are important. But economic policy victories, as dull as that sounds, get to the heart of the problem.