Despite all indicators of the devastating impact of climate change, wealthy nations remain complacent and frustratingly slow-paced at invoking mitigation strategies and environmental protection laws. Maddi Howard writes.
The letter - signed by over 1,800 academics from Universities across Australia - calls for the immediate closure of offshore detention centres, and that the government convene a National Policy Summit in 2017.
The Australian Government's offshore processing policy - introduced under Rudd and currently holding bipartisan support - is a project to side-step our humanitarian obligations by dumping the victims of global conflict into some of the most hopeless, isolated, and remote circumstances any individual could face. Ed Smith writes on the financial and human costs of this hard line strategy of so-called deterrence, and finds them hard to stomach.