Sydney, Australia – Sydney Morning Herald editor Jody Walker has defended his reporting on Australia’s “shameless” policy of “refugees” being accepted on boats by saying there was no evidence of widespread abuse of asylum seekers in detention centres.
In a blog post on Sunday, Mr Walker wrote: “I have written before that there is no data to back up the notion that Australia’s refugee policy is abusive and that it has led to thousands of deaths.”
“This report is about the truth, and the truth is that asylum seekers are fleeing violence and persecution in the Middle East and Central Asia.
The problem is that it is too difficult to measure and there are too many unknowns to provide reliable numbers,” he said.
And I’m not going to pretend that we have all of the answers. “
We can do better.
And I’m not going to pretend that we have all of the answers.
The world is full of countries with different histories and cultures and cultures need to learn from Australia.”
Mr Walker said the Guardian “cannot be bothered” with the stories of people “who have come from a place of fear and suffering and violence” and who “need help to rebuild their lives”.
“I’m sorry to say this.
It is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write about in my life,” he wrote.
Mr Walker, who has written about Australia’s record of mass migration for the Guardian since he was editor of the newspaper’s Sydney bureau in 2012, said the government should take responsibility for the issue of refugees.””
And we mustn’t let fear get in the way.”
Mr Walker, who has written about Australia’s record of mass migration for the Guardian since he was editor of the newspaper’s Sydney bureau in 2012, said the government should take responsibility for the issue of refugees.
They said, it’s the Australian Government’s policy’,” he wrote in the blog.””
In 2014, when Australia was criticised for taking in so many asylum seekers from countries that had committed human rights abuses, it was not the UNHCR who said, ‘Well, you know, that’s not right’.
They said, it’s the Australian Government’s policy’,” he wrote in the blog.”
But now, with the Australian government admitting that it accepts hundreds of thousands of asylum seeker refugees every year, the Australian taxpayer is being asked to pay the cost of supporting those refugees.”
Mr Swann said the media had a responsibility to “tell the truth about the issue”.
“The Australian people need to know that we’re not looking for a perfect solution to this problem, we’re looking for an effective and humane solution,” he told ABC Radio on Monday.
He said the Australian public needed to be “willing to accept a fair outcome” for asylum seekers and that the government needed to “be clear” about how many people it accepted.
“We’ve got to make it clear that we don’t want to accept any refugees that don’t pose a real threat to Australian society,” he added.
“That means there needs to be a fair balance, and it also means we have got to have the right processes in place for assessing the refugees and the numbers they are accepted into the community.”
Topics:refugee,government-and-politics,immigration,islam,human-interest,religion-and/or-beliefs,sydney-2000,australiaFirst posted April 08, 2020 10:51:42Contact Andrew WhiteMore stories from New South Wales