The Sydney Anglican Network Portal
has posted an article written by Karin Sowada which seeks to explain what is happening in parliament regarding the rufugee policy in Australia. Karin writes...The failure of the Parliament to agree on a mechanism for off-shore processing is all the more regrettable considering that a Bill to re-dress financing of government programs in the wake of the High Court ruling in Williams v Commonwealth (the so-called ‘school chaplaincy case’) speedily passed through the Parliament with the agreement of all parties in two days. Nothing like healthy self-interest.
On refugees, the Coalition kept insisting on Nauru and the Greens for on-shore processing. No one was prepared to compromise to save lives. Political point-scoring and ideological purity triumphed over human tragedy. The Greens in particular made a bad decision here and it is a classic case of their failure to recognise that politics sometimes involves compromise. Given the Agreement between them, Government’s measures should have passed with Greens support.
As for the Coalition, Tony Abbott’s continued negativity and obstinance was lamentable and there must be plenty of MPs on his side who are unhappy with this outcome.
Let's pray that the winter recess brings a change of heart and a new policy compromise that stems the tide of misery from Indonesia.
Yes Maam...I reckon that Karina has summed up how mule - headed stubbornness and bad policy can destroy people's lives. I can see why Sydney Anglicans wouldn't think me a suitable candidate for Complementarianism.... wouldn't be able to tell me and Phillip Jensen apart...no just joshing... but seriously why don't those conservatives listen to the whole debate on issues? I don't know about you maam but I really feel for those gay people who have been seriously affected by church dogma, have been isolated from their families and persecuted by governments because of religion. You'd have hoped Christianity was better than that!