If you didn’t catch last night’s episode of Go Back To Where You Came From, you can view the video on that link before you watch tonight’s.
And a quick response to young Liberal participant Roderick Schneider, who reckons “A tough stance on refugees doesn’t make me a racist” – no, Rod, but if by “tough” you mean “a hysterically hostile stance on a small proportion of refugees who happen to predominantly be from particular racial groups”, then it does.
Today’s Crikey does an excellent job of demolishing the myths on which Rod’s selectively “tough” approach to asylum seekers relies:
The Coalition claims that the punitive Howard policies were successful in stopping the boats and asylum seekers, and that the government should pick up the phone to re-establish a processing centre in Nauru. It ignores the fact that the Pacific Solution cost more than $1 billion over five years, at enormous human pain, yet diverted only 46 persons away from Australia, at a cost of $35,000 each.
It’s our deranged, irrational obsession with keeping out these most desperate people NO MATTER THE RIDICULOUS COST, in a context where much of the debate is clearly based on fear of other races, that makes the “boat people” fear mongering “racist”.