Ian Rintoul of the Refugee Action Coalition told 4ZZZ News that Mr Abbott’s response was the wrong one. Click on the link above to hear his comment
Herald-Sun columnist Andrew Bolt said last week the Labor Government’s policies on asylum-seekers led to last week’s deaths. This is despite work published on the Crikey.com website in 2009 showing the amount of war and upheaval in the world, not government policies, is what affects the amount of asylum-seekers.
Even though asylum-seeker numbers are not affected by Government policy, the 2010 Mapping Social Cohesion report by Monash University’s Professor Andrew Markus (pdf file) shows a majority of Australians do not support asylum-seekers arriving by boat, and support harsher policies towards them. Photo: Ian Rintoul by David Jackmanson