An Ethical Question

CEO Social Justice Blog

Many people will have been distressed at last week’s story of an asylum seeker mother denied the usual visiting rights to be with her baby in a Brisbane hospital.The baby was very ill and only a few days old.

It would be helpful for politicians, and perhaps all of us, living in what continues to be a great democratic country to discuss the ethical question: is it ever acceptable policy to cause suffering to a child in Australia in order to deter future asylum seekers?

On Monday 18 November, a group of people from Newcastle travelled by bus to Canberra to present to the Fed Govt their concerns for

1. A more humane response to asylum seekers

2. Closure of detention centers wherever  they may be and

3. An increase to the Australian refugee intake.

In a democracy such as ours we can all make a difference.