Writing Assignment help on : Hard Headed but not Hard Hearted
Question 1: Australia’s approach to asylum seekers has been described as ‘hard headed but not hard hearted’. Do you agree?
On 13th August 2012, the expert Panel on the asylum-seekers released its report in which it made 22 recommendations to the Australian government, which the Panel thought would help in addressing the long-term, short-term as well as medium-term challenges that Australian government has been facing. These integrated set of proposals which have been recommended are said to be ‘hard headed but not hard hearted’. This means that the policies are completely realistic and not idealistic as they are completely driven by a sense of humanity as well as fairness in every sense. According to Professor Michael L’Estrange, an adjustment is direly required by the Australian policy settings as well as the regional arrangements (Hawley, 2012). The Panel also believes that the balanced incentives and risk needs to be shifted towards regular migration pathways along with protection from established protections internationally rather than dangerous maritime migration which asylum seekers follow (Cleary, 2012).