It’s online! I do want to make one or two things clear first.
Note 1: There were no comments allowed on the article that Paul Maley wrote and no contact details. Hence I have no idea why he didn’t follow this story up and make more of it. I saw a missed opportunity. He does write well and quite possibly it may have been an editorial decision rather than his. So yes, my comments in my column are intended to be slightly quizzical and tongue in cheek. Clearly, I did not write it well enough if I feel the need to make this disclaimer here.
Note 2: This article was submitted for publication before Stephen Smith discussed the Australian Government’s viewpoint on the situation so I apologize if it seems like old news.
Perth Diary: How do you define a refugee?
The reason I am discussing this at the moment is simply because this is what is in the Australian news right now.
What defines a refugee? What gives a person refugee status? According to the United Nations Human Rights Convention a refugee is someone who:
“Owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”
The link to the entire article is here. Comments are welcome.