Thursday, July 25, 2013

Duty of Care

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
- Elie Wiesel

Before the last election, I wrote this piece on asylum seekers, and in many ways it still stands. I wish I could say that nothing had changed since the last election, but the truth is things have just gotten a lot worse. Kevin Rudd's announcement that all asylum seekers who arrive by boat will be sent to Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement is so appalling and shameful that we flatly cannot allow it to go ahead.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Utopian Thinking

There is a long tradition of great thinkers trying to imagine Utopia - an ideal world that we should all strive to make real. Plato's Republic is one of the earliest examples, and Thomas More coined the term Utopia for his 1516 book of the same name. This in itself is a good thing - it's hard to create a better world if you cannot imagine what it might look like. The problem arises in the compromises we make trying to get there.