Blithe Sheridan

As Nick Bryant wrote in Saturday’s Australian (6/6), the real refugee question, the one asked most often by the international media, is “Why does such a comparably small problem generate such a big and angry national debate?”. The answer is inflammatory media treatment of the issue pandering to irrational xenophobic elements in Australian society, and successive governments lacking the decency to stand firm against it.

Greg Sheridan in particular has consistently contributed to this problem, but now blithely criticises the government for the cruel schemes they have concocted to satisfy the xenophobia he has helped to inflame.

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