Malcolm Turnbull said that he considers himself a feminist. I'm pleased that, unlike the Deputy Leader Julie Bishop, or his Minister for Women Michaelia Cash, the Prime Minister recognises that "feminism" is not a dirty word. But I can't help but feel that his claim to feminism rings hollow.
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The simple truth is that the bipartisan race to deter and deny ‘irregular’ humanitarian migration has produced punitive policies that destroy lives and actively impede the integration and social acceptance of refugees in Australia. Our policies are costly indeed, in both fiscal and human terms -- and for all refugees.
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If Australia takes the weak approach of just wanting to fly under the radar and offend no-one on this critical issue, then all that will be achieved is an exorbitant travel bill for bureaucrats to travel to New York for the meeting.
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We will exacerbate an intergenerational deficit unless we lift our sights and face up to the question of what sort of society we wish to bequeath. What is the nature of the capital are we bequeathing to future generations?
What is called for isn't a policy change but a complete mindset change. There must be no allowance in our public conversation for vitriol and hate-filled tirades that make young CALD Australians feel like outsiders in their own home.