Sending Them Home: Refugees Amd The New Politics Of Indifference: Quartely Essay 13

R. Manne

Sending Them Home: Refugees Amd The New Politics Of Indifference: Quartely Essay 13
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Sending Them Home: Refugees Amd The New Politics Of Indifference: Quartely Essay 13

R. Manne

In the first Quarterly Essay of 2004, Robert Manne tells the stories of individual asylum seekers and finds in their experience the seeds of a devastating critique. Balancing sorrow and pity with a controlled anger, Manne develops a sustained argument about what could, and should, be done for the nine thousand refugees who remain in limbo on temporary protection visas.Sending Them Home also contains a groundbreaking account of conditions in the offshore processing camps on Nauru, whose operations have until now been shrouded in secrecy, and a damning forensic investigation of the recent efforts to return - frequently against their will - many of those who sought our protection and whose countries remain in turmoil. Combining ethical reflection and acute political analysis, this essay initiates a new phase in the refugee debate. ‘No one ought to pretend that the unanticipated arrival of the Iraqis, Afghans and Iranians did not pose real … problems for Australia. However these problems arose not because these people were not genuine refugees. They arose, rather, precisely because the overwhelming majority of them were.’ - Robert Manne, Sending Them Home

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