Saturday, October 19, 2013
Arnold Zable writes: We urgently need a
change in the national conversation about boat people. A day of remembrance on
October 19 each year would help heal the moral malaise and divisive politics
that have infected the nation since the Tampa affair in August 2001, when the Howard
government broke a tradition of bipartisanship on asylum-seeker policy fostered
during the Fraser years in response to the challenge of Vietnamese boat people.
No matter how cruel you can be, I can be crueller became the name of the game,
supported by polling that confirmed the political advantage.