Quarterly Essay 53 That Sinking Feeling

Quarterly Essay 53 That Sinking Feeling

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In the first Quarterly Essay of 2014, Paul Toohey searches for the solution our politicians have been unwilling or unable to find, and asks whether, amid the diplomatic turmoil, wea€™ve now missed our chance. Tony Abbott promised to stop the boats. With the help of Kevin Rudda€™s a€œPNG solutiona€, he has. But at what cost? Visiting the Indonesian departure points, Toohey tells the dramatic stories of asylum seekers heading from Java to Australia, investigates people-smuggling and witnesses the aftermath of a sinking at sea. He examines the individual policies and outcomes of the Howard, Rudd, Gillard and now Abbott governments. He also interrogates Australian attitudes to boat people, and what politicians have made of these. This engaging, powerful essay provides the untold personal stories of those waiting to make the dangerous journey, and the long view of this fraught issue. That Sinking Feeling is an unflinching look at people at their worst and best a€“ and most ruthless and most vulnerable a€“ by one of Australiaa€™s finest reporters. a€œAny hope for a genuine regional solution rested with Indonesia, the final stepping stone to Australia ... Why did neither Howard, in his better times with Indonesia, or Labor, from 2007, seek a one-on-one solution with Indonesia? a€˜The Indonesian Solution.a€™ Those words would have been the most convincing political statement any Australian government could ever deliver to Australian voters on asylum seekers.a€ a€“ Paul Toohey, That Sinking Feeling Paul Toohey is chief northern correspondent for the Australian. He won a Walkley Award for his first Quarterly Essay, Last Drinks: The Impact of the Northern Territory Intervention. He was previously a senior writer at the Bulletin and is the author of three books: Goda€™s Little Acre, Rocky Goes West and The Killer Within. He has won the Graham Perkin journalist of the year award and a Walkley award for magazine feature writing. He lives in Darwin.Asylum Seekers and the Search for the Indonesian Solution Paul Toohey ... She had not beenin a damaging coma, as thought, but in some sortof chronic seizure. a€œI believed she would be like that forever, a€ said her mother, Lale Parnian, anbsp;...

Title:Quarterly Essay 53 That Sinking Feeling
Author: Paul Toohey
Publisher:Black Inc. - 2014-03-15

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