Prime Minister Bill English met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The offer to take 150 of Australia’s asylum seekers still stands, not yet taken up. Journalist Tracey Barnett gives her opinion on the deal behind the deal here.
The Palmerston North community calls to take more refugees into their community.
Via The Manawatu Standard. [Read more].
From the New York Time, “Australia is now a nation where, according to an opinion poll from last year, 49 percent support a ban on Muslim immigration, a result so shocking the pollsters did it twice before releasing it. A similar poll the previous year had that figure at 28 percent. Even allowing for the vagaries of polling data, those results signal a remarkable change in a short period.
“I understand the difficulty of Mr. Turnbull’s position. But the reaction here to Mr. Trump represents the resurgence of our worst instincts. We’re doomed if, in the face of this flirtation, the best we can muster is silence.”
Great new programme for refugee women writers.