… and to ignore it is sadistic.
5,242 is the number of asylum seekers Australia took in 2011. Australian politicians, journalists and regular ABC Drum / Crikey commentators don’t like to delve in that number because it exposes a bi-partisan national selfishness, which no camp would benefit from.
5,242 is a tiny number in the global scale. Have a look at how small the Australian dot is on this world map:5,242 asylum seekers compared to the tens of thousands taken by other countries, which ironically are struggling with the most severe economic recessions since WWII.
Australia likes to boast its economic prosperity in comparison to bankrupt Europe and the indebted US when it is about scoring political points in the economic management tally; but surprisingly goes quiet when it is about benevolence towards asylum seekers.5,242 asylum seekers is a drop in the ocean, and yet a whole conspiracy myth has been developed by the Australian ultra Right and is now accepted by Labor.
Absolute madness and obscurantism serving selfishness and paranoia. The Australian political class has turned this into a Kafkaesque sadistic game. To even try to rationalise it without showing its sheer absurdity in the face of those tiny numbers, as even ‘progressive’ media professionals now do out of or laziness, is complicit and must be called out.