Quakers have become increasingly alarmed at the policies of the Australian Government about refugees and asylum seekers, especially those who arrive by boat. The current public debate has become very polarized and adversarial, and there is ambivalence in public attitudes alongside a hardening of policies and procedures for responding to boat arrivals. This Paper attempts to put the situation in historical context, to summarise commentary on current and possible future approaches, and to suggest questions for discussion.

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