Malcolm Fraser on refugees

Meredith Doig / 29 July 2013

Malcolm Fraser has form on handling refugees.  He did it successfully at the end of the Vietnamese war.  Here he argues both sides of politics should learn from that experience: Vietnamese refugees were a boon, not a burden.

My question is: the progressives like to see themselves as more compassionate than the other side, but why do they studiously ignore the plight of those waiting in refugee camps?  Whether we like to admit it or not, those arriving by boat do occupy places in Australia that otherwise might have gone to those in existing refugee camps.

Photo by Julie Ricard on Unsplash

All the more reason.