JOHN MENADUE. Have we got to a tipping point in our cruelty to refugees?

To hide our inhumanity, we are told and some believe that this tough approach on refugees is to ‘stop drowning’s at sea’. It is nothing of the sort. The tough approach is not to save lives. It is for political reasons and the belief that Australians will vote against any government that is soft on people arriving by boat. It is to exploit fear, the political stock in trade for a succession of Liberal Prime Ministers.