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July 1, 2012

Jonathan Green highlights the tabloid's cynicism over asylum seekers to foster fear and loathing. What he doesn't mention is the cynicism of the Coalition defending human rights in the debate in parliament over the same issue.by saying that the Malaysia solution was beyond the pale because it did not respect human rights of asylum seekers.

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In doing so they were appealing to a liberalism, which asserts that there are general but substantial moral truths, universally applicable, on which liberalism’s claim to deliver the human good is founded. The guiding idea behind fat-face liberalism is that there is a single life, best for everyone, on which everyone can rationally agree, at least in principle. This has given rise to legalistic liberalism, which seeks to referee conflicts about values and lifestyles by constitutional law and legal procedures.

The Coalition has a long history of being hostile to the universalism of human rights and to a Bill, or even, a charter of human rights in political life even though individual rights is designed rights to limit the power of government. They hold that a bill of rights leads to a politicised judiciary that would have the power to halt conservative political agendas.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:12 PM | | Comments (1)
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It is a shame this matter has become a political football.

Why the PM should get the blame is beyond me, as she has made concessions to all.

One cannot negotiate with stubborn fools.

This PM does not seem to give up. The PM is now being criticize for taking action in putting a circuit breaker mechanism in place.

It should be about what is the right solution, not who is the biggest, stubborn bully or who is right or wrong.

It is not a case of anything is better than nothing. If the anything is wrong, it is people who suffer, not Mr. Abbot.