I was horrified to see on Media Watch on Monday the way the commercial media is demonizing asylum seekers and using dodgy figures to incite public outrage. The public doesn’t argue with statistics provided to them by those ‘reliable’ newsreaders (who are deliberately chosen to be ‘trustworthy’ looking). There is no better way to send us straight back to an alarmist, uncompassionate response as a nation than beat ups like this.
And on a related note, I wish evangelicals were known as people of compassion, people at the forefront of standing up for asylum seekers. I hope they are in this current resurgence of the ‘problem’.