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With the reports of the poor conditions at the Manus Island Detention Centre, and this week’s resulting violence, our nation should be deeply concerned with the way that many legitimate refugees are being treated.
As a nation that “abounds in nature’s gifts” and prides ourselves as having “boundless plains to share” with “those who’ve come across the seas”, we should be moved to open our gates to welcome more people who are fleeing violent regimes.
People smuggling is an abhorrent crime, and we are right to do all we can to stop this crime.
But the problem, as Waleed Aly noted in the Fairfax newspapers on Friday, is that our nation has chosen to tolerate having the embarrassment of offshore processing because “it is the very logic of our asylum seeker policy – which is built on the sole rationality of deterrence – to create horror.”
Maybe Malcolm Fraser is right to suggest that the problem could be solved by increasing the number of humanitarian places we take directly from Indonesia.
Let us pray that our politicians act out of love and not selfishness, and that our immigration policies are humane and not cruel.
It would be difficult to avoid noticing that convicted drug trafficker, Schapelle Corby, has been released on parole from her Bali prison.
Despite her conviction and her sentence, people continue to speculate about her innocence, regardless of the strength of evidence that supports the original decision by the Bali court.
This public affair matters to us because we all have a deep sense of justice: we hate to see the innocent punished and we can’t bear to see the guilty set free.
Yet, this is what makes the crucifixion of Jesus so astonishing, for justice was not served on that first Easter: those of us who trust in Jesus are considered innocent, at the expense of the very life of Jesus.
Unless Schapelle says something genuinely new and different in her chequebook journalistic tell-all interview, we’re unlikely to know for sure if she knowingly smuggled the drugs into Bali.
But we can be sure that God truly knows everything, and that the day is coming when he will judge the living and the dead.