Its harsh policy toward asylum seekers betrays the human-rights values it should stand for
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Over the past six months I have watched in muffled horror as my country, Australia, voted in and then loudly applauded a government that has put into play a policy to stop asylum seekers from landing uninvited on our shores. The Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RRA) was introduced by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in a cynical last-ditch effort to hold on to power before he was defeated in a landslide in September’s general elections. Rudd’s successor, Tony Abbott, has aggressively implemented the RRA, which automatically redirects asylum seekers arriving by boat to neighboring Papua New Guinea (PNG). The policy is at best immoral, at worst cruel.