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Time to rethink Australian policies

  • Melanie Morrison

Sydney, Australia | Sat, May 5 2012 | 12:09 pm

PREMIUM Punitive policies, crafted by Australia’s politicians in a knee-jerk reaction to the hysteria surrounding people smuggling, have resulted in the jailing of hundreds of Indonesian fishermen.

Their crime of bringing asylum seekers to Australia has seen them labeled the vilest form of human life who should “rot in hell”. The reality is that the vast majority are deckhands on these boats...