This is the problem with witless moral poseurs who think their emotions are facts.
Oh, the outrage at Tony Abbott’s new plan to stop the trade in boat people:
But, oh, the silence at the deaths of those lured here by Kevin Rudd’s more “humane” policies:
Add those deaths to the 59 I’ve counted already, with refugee activists saying next to nothing about the great lure that had these people taking again to the boats.
In fact, the argument for temporary protection visas has never been stronger. The Rudd Government itself has made the case for them by freezing asylum seeker applications from Sri Lankans as it became clear that they are fleeing from not much any more, now that the civil war ended a year ago. Circumstances have changed, and many of the Sri Lankans now in custody find their chances of staying here - even under Rudd - are now much less. That’s the argument for TPVs, right there.