"THIS newspaper has said it before, we say it again today and we will repeat it until honesty and decency replace cynicism and dog-whistle tactics: Australia does not have an asylum-seeker problem; Australia has a political leadership problem.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has reinforced our concerns with his call to cut the humanitarian intake of refugees by 6500. He has combined this cynical appeal with an outright falsehood; he is utterly wrong when he says asylum seekers who arrive without a visa and/or passport are acting illegally. Not only is it not illegal to seek asylum after arriving without papers, Australia, as a signatory to the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, has an obligation to accept asylum seekers. Another of Mr Abbott’s disingenuous positions is that asylum seekers who arrive by boat are ”queue jumpers”. There is no queue; in many of the places where asylum seekers come from, there is no consular mechanism for making applications."
Sydney Morning Herald Editorial lays it out.
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