It often takes the experience of walking in another’s shoes to understand fully that person’s circumstances or predicament. The recent documentary, Go back to where you came from, provided such an experience for six prominent Australians Not many have this opportunity, however, and Moira Byrne Garton considers how public opinion is influenced in relation to asylum seekers.
This article was first published in the September 2012 edition of The Good Oil, the e-magazine of the Good Samaritan Sisters, www.goodsams.org.au.
The Government gave the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers a sow’s ear in asking them to provide advice within six weeks on the best way to address the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat. The issue was foreseen as difficult; the Panel weighed over 550 submissions from organisations and individuals holding strong opinions from a variety of perspectives.
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