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While watching Q&A two nights ago, the question of asylum seekers arriving by boat came up again; this time in response to the government’s announcement that it will be directing “irregular maritime arrivals” to Malaysia.
With both Labor and the Coalition now vying to pander to the least compassionate members of Australian society, I’ve had enough of this unfairness. I’ve said it before, but I thought it was time to let this Tweet go again…
Within a few minutes, it was on the Q&A screen.
(Full video and transcript of the episode are avaliable on the Q&A website.)
Thanks for the RTs
Within minutes, the replies and re-tweets were filling my screen. I was pleased to see this sentiment strike a chord with so many thinking Australians.
I was even more pleased to see the cross-section of society who responded positively. Of course, I haven’t quizzed anybody, but a cursory glance at the Twitter profiles will reveal that the Australian sense of a “fair go” is embraced by people from all States, of all genders, all races, all religions - including “no” religion.
“Thanks for the RT” to @AdrianJSClark, @alexpagliaro, @alia_p, @Andy_Downunda, @anthonybaxter, @AugustusBrown, @awmau, @beaniidean, @beejeebus, @benrhughes, @BigRedRanter, @bkfitzgerald, @BlakandBlack, @brookemopolitan, @carrieav, @cheezle_, @chili_chai, @chris_stevenson, @claireh427, @cory_prowse, @creamcheeks, @danielnaumann, @darkdirk, @dclark_spc, @deanrcornish, @dontbother, @dontbother, @Drag0nista, @drhoctor2, @eatdrinkstagger, @ElliotG78, @ern_malleyscrub, @Ethnian, @evmcl, @frogpondsrock, @genomematt, @geofficate, @gmarsau, @greglow, @GustationGurl, @heidistella, @helime, @IanLoveridge, @Inyunay, @JayKaySan, @jayrad90, @John_Hanna, @johnsroad, @jonkudelka, @JUSTsalvos, @kateparrott, @KateSoutham, @kimworldwide, @laeger, @lagershins, @lauren_fatrice, @LazarusCato, @LisaOtotheD, @liz_baillie, @loretta7366, @mallonray, @melanged, @merinnan, @miranda18may, @MiranianDilemma, @Miss__Lovely, @mtats, @mudsurfer, @musingandthings, @mysskitn, @Naomiy007, @NehaMadhok, @NewyMichael, @nukolator, @omnesensual, @OrgasmicChef, @OzzieAli, @p_raph, @paulymaldini, @presidentdalby, @prettyychanel, @ptiggerdine, @puggle01, @PutUpAustralia, @ratkins, @RonaldMiz3n, @schoujar, @senthorun, @simehobbs, @SirBarnalot, @sirquack, @SleeplessNights, @Songlines_au, @srshti, @Steepstyle, @Steve_Hayes, @sueGCB, @sunili, @ThomasEGraham, @thomasking, @tirsen, @top_tw_politics, @top_tw_tech, @venessapaech, @whereisdaz, @whyallabaptist, @wolfcat, @yaaaaaaasmin and apologies to those I missed.