LETTER: Asylum seeker policy = bad captain's call
IN 1960 the Abbott family, taking advantage of Australia's generosity, accepted a subsidised boat passage and migrated from London to Sydney for the princely sum of 10 quid.
Like many of his kind, Abbott has developed a near hatred for people fleeing poverty and persecution and travelling to Australia by the same method as did he and his family.
Australia has an obligation under the Human Rights Charter to accept asylum seekers and afford them basic protections and rights, but has chosen to ignore that charter and do the exact opposite.
The recent instances of people in our region fleeing persecution in leaky boats has softened the reactions of Indonesia and Malaysia who are saving them from starving and dying of thirst by allowing limited access to their lands and helping with basic shelter, food and other assistance.
These countries have asked Australia to help, but our Tony has made another of his infamous "captain's calls" and said "nope, nope, nope", without as much as talking it over with his colleagues or allowing parliament to debate the issue.
Other countries have pledged to accept thousands of the refugees as residents, but we are again displaying how selfish and inhumane we can be by ignoring their plight and doing absolutely nothing to help.
Australians are better than that, but with the present leadership actions we are being shown up to the world at large as heartless.