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One gets tired of battling the sound bites, but for the sake of the latest casualty, a 19 year old Afghan kid who could not stand or understand his detention any longer, I offer the following:
Can you guess which is Australia’s graph line without looking at the legend?

We are not being inundated. We are not under siege. Little has changed over the decade. And they are not illegals – they are asylum seekers and have the right under international conventions to have their claims tested and processed under humane and compassionate conditions.

Still not convinced?

Try http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/current/myths.html

Or http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/current/myths.html

Or http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/docs/refugeeweek/2009/RW_Common_myths.pdf

Or http://www.phaa.net.au/documents/int_health_asylum_seekers_2.pdf

I select as references these “middle of the road” organisations that are not regarded as politically aligned, with the faint hope that some readers who are convinced otherwise may at least read and consider – at least for the sake of a 19 year old Afghan whose life tragically ended in the land to which he came to find peace.

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