Avril at Romsey

… and Lancefield and Riddells Creek and Mount Macedon

Thank God!

Australia is apparently about to change its policy on the mandatory detention of asylum seekers. As in, we’re only going to detain those who may be a risk to the community (which I’m hoping will never include children). A long way from perfect, but bringing us closer to the rest of the civilised world.

Thanks be to God!

And, in other news, my quote of the day:

The duty of the Christian as a peacemaker is not to be confused with a kind of quietistic inertia that is indifferent to injustice, accepts any kind of disorder, compromises with error and with evil, and gives in to every pressure in order to maintain ‘peace at any price’ … Peace demands the most heroic labour and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war.

That was written by Thomas Merton in 1980, and I found it quoted in my book of the day, Holy Superheroes! Exploring the Sacred in Comics, Graphic Novels and Film. Which I heartily recommend most of all to Pete, but also to anyone interested in faith and/or comics. Other freaks like me.


July 28, 2008 - Posted by | Life, etc., Pop Culture | , , ,


  1. At Ringwood Uniting we had Caz Coleman from Hotham Mission talk to us two Sundays ago about their work with asylum seekers.

    These changes are welcome and a bit of a surprise to me after hearing about the back and forth between Hotham and the department of immigration on some of these issues.

    Work rights for asylum seekers remain an important issue that Hotham is lobbying the government about at the moment.

    Let me trade quotes, here’s one in a similar vein from Daniel Berrigan:

    “Because we want peace with half a heart, half a life and will, the war making continues. Realize that the making of war is total because the making of peace by our cowardice is partial.”

    Comment by Paul | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. It’s good that they are changing it, I’m worried about the phrase ‘risk to the community’ though. A very slippery concept that can be interpreted in many different ways.
    Thanks for the recommendation, I may even get round to reading it! (Quickly looks at to be read stack)
    Currently enjoying reading lots of Manga at the moment.

    Comment by Pete | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  3. praise be to the AWU who put him there….

    It is good news though. The bloke seems genuinely committed to cleaning up the atrocity that DIMIA has been.

    Note however that even under the new policy boat people will still be taken to Christmas Island

    Comment by Alex | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  4. GetUp: “this change in policy will only be set in stone when the law itself is amended – and the Coalition [is] now threatening to oppose it. . . To turn this policy into hard, cold law: sign the petition if you haven’t already: http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/EndMandatoryDetention&id=365

    Comment by Olivia | July 30, 2008 | Reply

  5. It’s good to see the Labor Party getting rid of a policy initiated by the Labor Party under Keating.
    And let’s have another quotation: “If you want peace prepare for war.” – Vegetius

    Comment by Pete | August 1, 2008 | Reply

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