Mandatory detention and boat turn-backs have been proposed – and rejected – in the past.
How have we moved from a humanitarian approach to this cruelty?
Lawyers who defend asylum seekers, the immigration minister believes, are ”un-Australian”.
Peter Dutton is not the first minister to level criticism at asylum seeker advocates.
But history shows that things could – and should – have turned out very differently.
Speaking in the wake of news that the Turnbull government is cutting financial support for about 100 asylum seekers in Australia, the minister was essentially criticising the right of these asylum seekers to have fair, principled and…