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media politics: burying liberalism « Previous | |Next »
June 7, 2005

It's odd isn't it.

The existence of detention camps in liberal democracies and the incarceration of Australian citizens is pretty much accepted by many sections of the Australia media. It whips up a storm over the innocence or otherwise of a women who was found to be smuggling drugs into Indonesia, until that campaign clashed with commercial interest.


Funny how the conservative media accepts concentration camps with hardly a murmur. As does Gerard Henderson and many in the Liberal Party.

The media does not appear to question its feeling of being relaxed and comfortable, despite the connections and similarities of the camps of mandatory detention to the camps in totalitarian states, such as Fascist Germany and Soviet Russia. Last time I checked Australia still had a commitment to individual liberty that this commitment is at odds with incarcerating innocent people fleeing persecution and oppression and then treating them cruelly in the camp.

I guess the conservative media would say that the fundamental rights of liberalism are for burning. It is only utility and patriotism that matters, after all. Power rules.

That is probably not quite fair. We can say that Australia has the right to maintain the integrity of our borders. Since Australia is a sovereign nation, it is acceptable that our elected government makes laws concerning who can enter Australia and who can stay in the country. However, border protection is quite a different issue from asylum seeker protection.

Can conservatives see and accept the difference?

Maybe. Gerard Henderson is now saying that the lock and key approach towards asylum seekers needs a cultural shake-up. That says no more than the Minister of Immigration

And the liberals in the misnamed Liberal Party who have a commitment to individual liberty. What of them? AS far as I can make out they are in the process of becoming politically homeless.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:24 AM | | Comments (0)