Tuesday 6, May 2014 - Sydney
History's judgement will be to vindicate our treatment of 'boat people'.
Tuesday 24, June 2014 - Sydney
The Queen should be the last Australian monarch.
Tuesday 12, August 2014 - Sydney
We are becoming enslaved by our technology.
Tuesday 28, October 2014 - Sydney
Society would flourish under female rule
Tuesday, 6 May 2014 // Sydney
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The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP
Government Chief Whip
Editor, The Spectator
Former Vietnamese refugee and award-winning author
Columnist, The Sydney Morning Herald
Chair: Dr Simon Longstaff
There are millions of people fleeing the depredations of war, oppression and persecution. In their search for safety many choose to make the hazardous journey to far off lands - crossing perilous seas where too many have lost their lives. Governments around the world are struggling to develop policies that achieve the proper balance needed to meet humanitarian concerns, legal obligations and political realities. Australia's government came to power in 2012 vowing that it would 'stop the boats'. It seems likely to succeed - and in doing so will, at least, have prevented avoidable deaths from drowning. However, the Australian Government’s means for doing so have been subject to sustained criticism – not least from those who argue that offshore processing and mandatory detention are, by their very nature, inconsistent with the duties owed to asylum seekers. In the midst of this debate, other nations are weighing up their options in response to this global challenge. So, how will history judge the quality and character of our response?
This debate is being filmed by the BBC and broadcast to an estimated 70 million
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