There is no queue

The Australian disputes the “bold claim” made in the ABC’s Leaky Boat documentary that “the idea of a queue was a fantasy” (“And still the boats come . . .”, 12/7). Yet the fact remains: there is no queue.

Refugees are selected on criteria such as youth, health and skills, not time spent waiting. For older refugees, or those with children, there is little hope of ever being selected. Even for those with some chance, the wait may run into decades, more than their life expectancy while in the camps.

Recognising these simple facts is central to any strategy aimed at reducing dangerous sea voyages.

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